Sunday, 2 March 2008

Water Crystals Craft Project

Water Crystals Flowers Vase
We did some gardening yesterday and used water crystals in the hanging baskets. It got me thinking of another use for them. I placed some in a vase for a different, but pretty effect.

See the beautiful bubbles created.

Water Crystals Flowers Vase
Just in case you don't know what these are, they are tiny crystals slightly smaller than rock salt. You add water to them, and they expand up to several hundred times their own size. They help the soil retain water, so are perfect in hot, dry climates.

How to Create This:

Add 1/2 teaspoon of water saving crystals and 1-2 drops of food colouring to about 1 & 1/2 cups water in a jug or 1 ltr container. I used my vase as it is just the right size.

Water Crystals Flowers Vase

The crystals will take about an hour to expand fully. Stir to create the bubbled effect, then add a selection of flowers. Extra water can be added every couple of days to help the crystals retain their size. Once flowers are finished the crystals can be buried in the garden or hanging baskets to continue being useful.
Water Crystals Flowers Vase
The water saving crystals should be able to be purchased at most garden centers or nurseries.
NOTE: DO NOT allow pets or children to swallow!

*** Don't forget to enter the Craft contest I have on at the moment. You will find the link on the left. It is free to enter and open worldwide!
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  1. This also explains to me why my neighbor has these beautiful hanging baskets and mine all dry out and die, no matter how much I water them!

    It is a really pretty effect in that clear vase!

  2. LOL! Thriftshopromantic

    I used to have exactly the same problem until these became available.

  3. ohhh I love your blog and your tutorials!

  4. Oh my giddy aunt ... I used to buy coloured crystals for my houseplants. They were fabby ... never thought to use water retention crystals and food colouring though.

    Super idea.

  5. Thanks for sharing about the water crystals, I've never seen them before.


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