Need an inexpensive, quick, and easy boredom buster project for summer? Try growing Borax crystals!
My youngest daughter is obsessed with geodes. She loves picking unopened geodes and watching them cut open to reveal the mineral formations inside. Her most recent geode was cut at the San Diego county fair. It’s gorgeous and the shop owner offered her more than double what she paid to keep it. Of course, my daughter kept it and now has it displayed in her room. I used half of her geode as a prop for my DIY Borax Crystal Necklace tutorial.
My daughter’s growing geode collection is beautiful. I mean, who can resist the sparkling quartz mineral growths? Unfortunately, buying geodes can be a pricey hobby and you aren’t guaranteed a nice inside.
Luckily, growing Borax crystals is easy and you’re almost always guaranteed a beautiful result! It’s an inexpensive way to get the look of the inside of a high end geode. And I think most kids have grown some type of crystal as a science project in school. If they haven’t made crystal in school, this would make an awesome family fun project (see warning below). Crystals can be grown using salt, alum powder, sugar, Borax, and more. I chose Borax powder because I had a whole unopened box in my cupboard, so that’s what I went with!
Warning! Borax is harmful if ingested, inhaled, or gets into the eyes. It can also cause a skin rash in some people. This project should be done with adult supervision at all times. If you are concerned with the use of Borax, try growing salt or sugar crystals instead.