Science, Tech, Math › Science Make Holiday Ornaments Using Chemistry Easy To Make Holiday Ornaments Share Flipboard Email Print Science Chemistry Projects & Experiments Basics Chemical Laws Molecules Periodic Table Scientific Method Biochemistry Physical Chemistry Medical Chemistry Chemistry In Everyday Life Famous Chemists Activities for Kids Abbreviations & Acronyms Biology Physics Geology Astronomy Weather & Climate By Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D. Chemistry Expert Ph.D., Biomedical Sciences, University of Tennessee at Knoxville B.A., Physics and Mathematics, Hastings College Dr. Helmenstine holds a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences and is a science writer, educator, and consultant. She has taught science courses at the high school, college, and graduate levels. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D. Updated January 29, 2020 You can make your own holiday ornaments using hcemistry. These ornaments include crystal snowflakes, silver glass balls, copper plated decorations, atom ornaments, and more. Silver Ornaments You can use an electrochemical reaction to make a classic silver holiday ornament. Aniello Pane / EyeEm, Getty Images Use a chemical reaction to put a silver mirror coating inside a glass ornament. This is the method used to chemically silver mirrors. It results in a beautiful keepsake silver ornament. Borax Crystal Snowflake The simplest way to grow colored borax crystals is to grow clear crystals over a colored surface, such as a colored pipecleaner or string. Anne Helmenstine You can grow the crystals for this sparkling ornament in a few hours or overnight. Make lovely snowflakes that won't melt! Paper Atom Decorations Paper Atom. Anne Helmenstine These paper atoms are like paper snowflakes, except atomic-looking! Make and hang them anywhere, anytime. They look great for the winter holidays. Crystal Holiday Stocking Soak a holiday stocking in crystal solution to make a glittery crystal decoration or ornament. Anne Helmenstine This is another holiday crystal growing project that only takes a few hours to complete. Coat a Christmas stocking or other porous decoration with tiny glistening crystals made from a common household ingredient. Copper Plated Holiday Ornament Metal Star Ornament. Andrea Church, www.morguefile.com Use a redox reaction to plate copper over galvanized wire or a galvanized shape (e.g., a star) to make a shiny copper holiday ornament. Glow in the Dark Crystal Ornament Glowing Crystal. Liam Hirst-Graves / EyeEm / Getty Images This crystal decoration is shown in a snowflake shape, but you can make it in any design you like. Grow crystals around a shape, but include an extra ingredient so your crystals will glow in the dark. Borax Crystal Heart Grow borax crystals over a pipecleaner heart for these easy crystal heart decorations. Anne Helmenstine You can grow borax crystals over a heart shape just as easily as over a snowflake shape! Make a sparkling crystal heart for your holiday. Crystal Paper Snowflakes Grow crystals on paper snowflakes to make magical snowflake decorations. Anne Helmenstine Cut paper snowflakes from coffee filters to use as a base for crystals. This is a crystallized twist on the classic paper snowflake project that produces amazing shimmering decorations. Crystal Star Decoration Crystal Star. blackred / Getty Images This is another easy crystal decoration that you can grow overnight. If you grow the crystal around a glittery or metallic pipe cleaner, you'll get a twinkling star. You can get a different interesting crystallized effect if you grow clear crystals around a colored core. Crystal Starfish Sea Star. Benutzer:Hase You can use a small dry starfish or a shell as the base for your crystals. Starfish produce very sparkly decorations or holiday ornaments. It's an easy project that you can complete overnight.