How to Grow a Crystal Garden

Put a sparkle in your decor with this easy-to-grow crystal garden.

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You Will Need

  • Several charcoal briquette pieces
  • A wide, deep soup bowl
  • A mixing bowl
  • 2 tbsp. bluing
  • 2 tbsp. salt
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • 2 tbsp. ammonia
  • A bowl
  • Food coloring

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Rinse the charcoal

    Rinse the charcoal briquettes. Leave it damp, but not soaking.

  2. Step 2

    Put the charcoal in the container

    Arrange the charcoal in the bottom of the soup bowl.

  3. You can arrange the briquettes in several layers, if you like.

  4. Step 3

    Mix the ingredients

    Mix the bluing, water, salt, and ammonia together in a separate bowl.

  5. Step 4

    Pour mixture on the charcoal

    Saturate the charcoal by pouring the mixture of over it.

  6. Make sure the coals are completely saturated. If you don't have enough liquid to cover all the charcoal, mix more.

  7. Step 5

    Sprinkle food coloring

    Gently sprinkle drops of food coloring over the coals.

  8. Any area you don't sprinkle with food coloring will grow clear crystals.

  9. Step 6

    Set the mixture aside

    Set the mixture aside where it will not be disturbed.

  10. Step 7

    Check on the mixture

    Check on your mixture after a day or two and you will see the beginnings of beautiful and shimmering crystals.

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