Magic Crystal Tree
Create a magically colorful, snow-covered tree
Impress your friends by creating a colorful Christmas tree out of salt crystals, cardboard, and a few other household items. Within a day, you'll have a colorful snow-covered tree that seemed to magically sprout from nothing!
- Mrs. Stewart's Bluing (check your local grocer's cleaning section)
- Table salt
- Household ammonia
- Thin cardboard (like the type from the back of a notepad, not corrugated)
- Pen or pencil
- Measuring spoon
- Food coloring
- Adult supervision
- Trace two Christmas tree shapes onto the cardboard and cut them out.
- Cut a slot down the middle of one tree shape. Start at the top and stop in the middle of the shape.
- In the other tree shape, cut another slot down the middle. On this shape, start at the bottom and cut to the middle.
- Slide the two slots together, creating a three-dimensional tree shape that can stand by itself.
- Add drops of food coloring to the edges of the cardboard and let the food coloring soak into the cardboard.
Using the bowl, mix these ingredients together:
- 1 tablespoon of water
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 tablespoon bluing
- 1/2 tablespoon of household ammonia
- Stand your tree in the middle of the bowl containing your magic solution and be patient. Over the next 10 to 12 hours, your Magic Crystal Tree will grow and grow and grow! Pretty soon, you'll have a colorful snow-covered tree that grew by pure magic.