Grow your own geode

Grow Your Own Geode

Well, kinda. These aren’t really geodes, but this is a fun little project. The kids and I made these a couple of weeks ago. It’s so easy to grow your own geode! Here’s what you need:

Grow your own geode


  • Borax
  • Boiling Water
  • Glass containers
  • Fishing line or wire
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Food coloring
  • Clear nail polish


Grow your own geode


We started by making compact shapes with the pipe cleaners. Try to eliminate open spaces as much as possible. And remember, the shape you make will be the final shape of your “geode” so push in all pointy ends and make it look the way you want your finished product to look. Grow your own geode

Next, cut a small length of wire or fishing line and thread it through your shape and secure around a pencil. You’ll want the shape to hang free in your glass container, so adjust accordingly.Grow your own geode

Add food coloring for your desired color. I read several tutorials to make these geodes. Some said just the color of the pipe cleaner is enough for your final color. Others suggest using food coloring. As you can see, we chose to add food coloring. The dark green and pink turned out pretty well in the end, but they are already fading a bit. Some of the tutorials recommend coating your dried geode with clear nail polish. I haven’t yet, but will probably do it if I make another batch.


Heat water to just boiling. You want it hot enough to dissolve the Borax. Carefully pour the hot water into the glass containers, completely covering the pipe cleaner shape. Then, slowly add Borax. Stir and add continuously until the Borax doesn’t dissolve anymore. Put the containers in an out-of-the-way place and cover with a towel to slow the cooling process. Leave overnight, or at least 5-6 hours.


Grow your own geode. Do NOT pin, save, or distribute this image.While you wait, entertain yourself by building sprinkles towers.

Grow your own geode

Let your geode dry. Then put your new decor to work! Mine sits atop a decorative box on my desk. It’s the perfect little touch of depth and texture for the space.

Grow your own geode

Handcrafting decor is such a great way to showcase your personality and add meaningful objects in your home. Wanna make your own? I’d love to see what you come up with!

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