Crystals are beautiful accents to any space, and paired with some pots of succulents, they can make a nice decor idea for a windowsill or nightstand.
Growing crystals at home is incredibly easy to do, you’ll need just a handful of ingredients that are easy to find. I originally found this on A Beautiful Mess, a site dedicated to food, home, crafts, and style. The blog aims to help readers live vividly and constantly inspired.
Here is what you'll need...
To grow your own crystals, you will need eggshells, an X-Acto knife, alum (which is sold in most grocery stores in the spice section), Elmer’s glue and a paintbrush, food dye (choose the color you want your crystal to be), hot water, plastic containers, and gloves.
Cut your eggshells in half. This might sounds really tricky, and in reality it is the most difficult step of the process, however in order to make it easier on yourself do not worry about them coming out perfect. You do not need perfect halves!
This is messy, so it is advised to do this step over the sink. You can use blown eggshells, which means that the egg yolk is out of the egg itself. In order to do this, you can watch the video below.
Once they are cut in half, let them dry.
The next step is paint a thin layer of glue on the inside of the shells, and sprinkle on the alum. Make sure to buy the alum that has a crystal-like texture and not the one that is powder! This will allow for your crystals to come out better.
Let this dry out overnight.
Heat 2 cups of water until it's just about to boil and add the food dye (Emma from A Beautiful Mess says she used about 40 drops of dye), then also add in ¾ cup of alum. Stir until the alum is completely dissolved. I would personally use neon pink and turquoise dye.
Pour your mixture into your container and add one egg shell, with the open side facing up. Let them grow for at least 8 hours, but Emma recommends something closer to 20 hours.
And voila! Now you have gorgeous crystals to put out for decoration. When you put them near the sun, they will reflect gorgeous shards of light.
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