I have been super busy preparing everything for our wedding reception. Recently, Carson and I have been working on these crystal photo holders. They are so easy to make that we were able to make them in bulk for our wedding reception. I am planning to use polaroids from our different adventures together to display in these holders throughout the reception hall.
- Metal wire (we used bronze)
- White pipe cleaners
- Wire cutters
- Stove top pan
STEP ONE: Cutting the wire
- Cut the wire into long pieces. Do not cut the wire shorter than 7″ or else your wire might be to short to bend. I suggest cutting the wire around roughly 10″ or so.
STEP TWO: Bend the top triangle
- Using the pliers, bend one side of the wire into a triangle shape. Overlap the triangle on 2 1/2 side. Bending the wire that extra 1/2 length allowed your triangle to be centered with the rest of the straight wire.
STEP THREE: Bending the bottom
- Bend the other side of the wire to create a base that the holder will stand on. This part will be wrapped in a pipe cleaner during the next step, so if it doesn’t balance yet that is okay.
- It doesn’t need to look exactly like the photo. Just as long as there is something sturdy to wrap the pipe cleaners around.
STEP FOUR: Pipe cleaner
- Wrap a pipe cleaner around the bottom on the holder on the base created in the previous step. Feel free to use more than one pipe cleaner, the more you use the bigger the crystal will be. Just make sure that you wrap it all the way around any of the gold wire showing at the base. This will make sure that the base is covered in crystals.
- Mold the pipe cleaners in a way that allows your holder to stand. They will need to stand on their own for the next steps.
STEP FIVE: Borax
- Now it’s time to grow the crystals! Heat water to a boil. I use about 1/3 cup borax per cup of water. So depending on how big your pan is you can figure out how much water you will need. You will want the water to be about 2″ above the bottom of the pan.
- Once the water is boiling, slowly mix in the borax until it dissolves. Make sure all of your borax is dissolved. Set to medium heat for about 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, turn the stove off and let the solution cool.
STEP SIX: Setting
- After the solution has cooled for about 10 minutes, place the holders into the solution. Let them sit for about 4 hours. The longer you let it sit, the larger the crystals grow. Once the borax is used up, the crystals will stop growing.
STEP SEVEN: Dry and use
- After the crystals are done growing, take them out of the water and brush off any loose crystals. Let the holders dry and then top with your favorite photos!
I hope you enjoyed this DIY crystal photo holder post! Stay tuned for more DIYs similar to this one in the future.