Borax Crystals What You'll Need: White Pipe Cleaners String Twig/Pencil Borax (I used 20 Mule Team Laundry Booster. Do not use Boraxo Soap.) Water Blue Food Coloring (optional) Jars Large Enough to Submerge Ornament in Borax Solution Steps: 1. Cut the pipe cleaner into 3 equal parts. Twist together to form a six sided-star, or any shape you choose. 2. Tie one end of your string to the top of your ornament and the other end to your twig or pencil. 3. Mix together your crystal solution at a ratio of 3 tablespoons of Borax to one cup of boiling water. Stir until the Borax dissolves. Don't expect all of the powder to dissolve, some may settle on the bottom. To give your crystal a slightly blue cast, add a drop or two of blue food coloring. 4. Pour the crystal solution into a wide mouth jar. You will need enough of this solution to submerge your pipe cleaner ornament. 5. Submerge your ornament in the crystal solution with the twig resting on the lip of the jar so that the ornament hangs freely. You do not want the ornament to touch the bottom of the jar 6. Leave the ornament in place for overnight. While Borax is an earth friendly cleaner, it is not edible. So keep your ornaments away from small children and pets.