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How to Grow a Crystal Garden

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


  • Step 1: Rinse the charcoal Rinse the charcoal briquettes. Leave it damp, but not soaking.
  • Step 2: Put the charcoal in the container Arrange the charcoal in the bottom of the soup bowl.
  • TIP: You can arrange the briquettes in several layers, if you like.
  • Step 3: Mix the ingredients Mix the bluing, water, salt, and ammonia together in a separate bowl.
  • Step 4: Pour mixture on the charcoal Saturate the charcoal by pouring the mixture of over it.
  • TIP: Make sure the coals are completely saturated. If you don't have enough liquid to cover all the charcoal, mix more.
  • Step 5: Sprinkle food coloring Gently sprinkle drops of food coloring over the coals.
  • TIP: Any area you don't sprinkle with food coloring will grow clear crystals.
  • Step 6: Set the mixture aside Set the mixture aside where it will not be disturbed.
  • 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.
  • FACT: Country singer Crystal Gayle is Loretta Lynn's younger sister.

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

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