Crafts & DIY
Use borax solution to add “frost” to wintertime decor
This would look amazing on pinecones. I can't wait to try it.
Valerie Ablang
12.19.22

Christmas is just around the corner, and it’s time to take those decorations out of the box.

But before putting them up, you might want to update them to make them more beautiful.

Deidre shares tips to elevate ornaments.

Her YouTube channel shows ways how to create DIYs and repurpose old things.

In this video, Deidre teaches how Borax can be used to make Christmas decorations sparkly.

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Before we jump on this useful hack, here’s some information about Borax.

Borax is a salt.

This chemical is usually used for household and industrial use.

It is made of a colorless crystalline solid that can be either granular or powder.

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We’re using it to make “frost”.

Gather these things:

  • a box of Borax
  • skewers
  • a big measuring cup
  • a small measuring cup.

You will also need some Christmas decorations which you can easily get at any store.

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Deidre used some poinsettias, stars, and icicles for the purpose of the video, but any ornament can be used depending on your preference.

Mix the borax with water.

After boiling a significant amount of water, use it to dissolve the borax.

Ensure that the measurement ratio to be used is one-third cup of borax to two cups of water.

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Prepare enough solution so that your ornaments are fully submerged in the solution.

She used six cups of water for demonstration and dissolved three one-third cups of borax.

Soak the ornaments in the solution.

Once the borax has been fully dissolved, you may transfer the solution to a container where you can fully submerge the decorations.

It is better to use ornaments that have weight so they can stay fully immersed in the solution.

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You can also use a skewer to help you dip all the ornaments you want to enhance.

Leave to soak overnight.

Deidre also used soaked poinsettias and some star decorations in the solution.

She used the skewer to push down the ornaments so they would be dipped fully overnight.

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However, the star decorations were too lightweight to be fully immersed.

She suggests flipping the decorations to the other side if they cannot fully submerge.

She “frosted” a snowflake, too.

Deidre used a coffee filter to create a snowflake ornament that could also be immersed in the solution.

After folding the coffee filter three to four times, she cut out some holes around the edge and in the middle of the paper to make a snowflake.

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Once done, she opened the filter and placed them in baking sheets to be covered in the solution overnight.

The results were amazing.

After soaking the decors overnight, remove them from the solution and dry them by patting them down with a paper towel.

Leave the ornaments on the paper towel for some time to allow them to dry fully.

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The result of this hack can be seen from the poinsettia very well. The formed crystals were beautifully evident.

See all the steps for “frosting” your decorations with borax in the video below!

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By Valerie Ablang
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Valerie Ablang is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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