The High King Lives

Crafty Monday: Star Bird Feeders, Frozen Sun Catchers, Winter Rocks, & Borax Snowflakes January 23, 2012


Hello!  Hello! Welcome friends! Today is Crafty Monday. So pull up a chair and get out your paints….and be sure to wear some clothes that can get messy 🙂 Today I’ve got four winter crafts for you. These are great for the kiddos and you can enjoy them as well.

#1 Star Bird Feeders

These are fairly simple to make. All it requires is:

  • 3/4 cup birdseed
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 small envelope of knox gelatine
  • twine or string (we used fishing line & yarn)
  • cookie cutters, molds or mason jar lids (for circles)
  • wax paper

1. mix the gelatin with the water and boil til the gelatin is dissolved.

2. Let the mixture cool for a sec. Then mix in the bird seed (add more if there’s still alot of liquid)

3. Lay your cookie cutters on the wax paper

4. Loop your string through the cookie cutter leaving some on both sides.  (Remember don’t tie the string yet)

5. spoon the bird seed mixture into the cookie cutters

6. let it harden overnight. Remove from the cookie cutters. Tie the string and hang these in the trees 🙂

Taa daaa! PS: you can also make shamrock and heart shapes for other seasons. We got a head start on ours…

#2 Frozen Sun Catchers

We made these in the freezer because our weather is WAY too bipolar in Alabama.  The above picture was in taken in front of a candle because it was cloudy outside (tornado watches today).  We are keeping our frozen ice sculpture in the freezer until the weather is cold enough so we can hang it outside.

1. Find decorations from creation (leaves, berries, pine cones etc)

2. Fill a bowl with water (we put plastic wrap in ours so it’d be easy to remove once frozen)

3. place your natural decorations in the water

4. place some string or yarn  in the top of the soon-to-be sculpture (if not you’ll have to do what we had to do: heat the end of a screw driver and push it through the ice to make a hole)

5. freeze over night

6. remove the ice sculpture and hang it up for a nice sun catcher

#3 Winter Rocks

The picture explains it all. Simply paint a rock white. It’s best to use a gold metallic pen to draw the snowflake but I didn’t have one. I used blue paint with glitter. I know it looks like something my son did… day I’ll buy a metallic pen lol. I used a big rock but this looks really good with a bunch of small rocks. You can put them in front of a fire so they’ll reflect the glow.

Here’s some stones someone else did. Mines pitiful in comparison  😦


#4 Borax Snowflakes

These are super fun and you can use the same concept to make rock candy (just don’t use the Borax! lol). This idea can also be used for Valentines & St Patrick’s Day (just change the shape & add food coloring)

  • Wide mouthed jar
  • 3 white pipe cleaners
  • String
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Boiling water
  • Spoon
  • Borax (called 20 Mule Team Borax Laundry Booster – the product called Boraxo will NOT work)
  • Optional: blue food coloring (red if you make heart shapes & green for shamrocks)

1. Make a snowflake frame from 3 white pipe cleaners and string. Twist the 3 pipe cleaners together in the center to make a 6-sided, spiky figure.

Make sure this figure fits inside the wide-mouthed jar.

2. Tie the string around the pipe cleaners to look like a snowflake shape. Trim the excess string.

3. Tie a few inches of string to one of the pipe cleaners. Tie the other end of the string to a pencil, so that the snowflake will hang from the pencil and dangle inside the jar.

Take the snowflake out of the jar.

4. Pour boiling water into the jar.

Add the 20 Mule Team Borax Laundry Booster to the hot water in the jar.

Keep adding the Borax until you have a supersaturated solution (you will see undissolved Borax at the bottom of the jar). You’ll have to add about 3 tablespoonfuls of the 20 Mule Team Borax Laundry Booster to each cup of hot water in the jar.

Optional: Add a few drops of blue food coloring for a bluish snowflake.

5. Hang the snowflake in the jar and wait at least overnight.

In the morning, your snowflake will be covered with beautiful crystals.

As the supersaturated solution cools, the borax comes out of solution (less of the borax can dissolve in cool water) and forms crystals on the pipe cleaners and string.

You can do the same type of project using supersaturated sugar-water and a string, making edible rock candy (but the crystals take longer to form).

Yaaaaa! I finished this before midnight 🙂 Have an inspirational week, folks. God bless and remember

The High King Lives!

~Amber Dover




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