Introduction: Golden (inside Out) Geodes

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Make beautiful (inside out) Geodes with a few simple supplies and some rocks from your back yard!

Step 1: Watch the Short Video Tutorial Here!

Step 2: You'll Need

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Food Coloring


Americana Multi-Surface Satin in Gold

Pipe cleaners



Large glass jars


Step 3: Paint and Prepare

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Wash and paint several stones in metallic gold

*The bigger the stone, the larger the end result

Wrap the stones in pipe cleaners and secure in place

Tie a string to the stone and secure it to a pipe cleaner so that it hangs inside of the glass jar

Fill the jar with boiling water and food coloring

Step 4: Submerge and Wait......

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Add 3 tablespoons of borax per cup of boiling water

*You can use more if you want to

Submerge the stone into the water and let set for at least 6 hours

*The longer you leave it, the larger it will grow Remove and let dry


cprphoto (author)2016-03-29

Are these actually making geodes/crystals, or faux? Thanks. How long did you leave the clusters in your photo.? Do you have to refresh the water with more boiling/borax water? Thanks.

Mark Montano (author)cprphoto2016-03-29

They are faux geodes. After your first batch you should add more boiling water with more borax.

cprphoto (author)2016-03-29

What were your color recipes for getting the aqua in the first image on your video link?

Mark Montano (author)cprphoto2016-03-29

Just use a plain blue food coloring. That's what I used, but you'll have to experiment. Sometimes they work really well, other times they can be very light.

wandona (author)2015-09-09

Love this!!!!!

madebymadelyn (author)2015-08-15

do you think these could be used as pendants somehow?

MarianneC1 (author)2015-06-17

I've been looking at different Geode - DIY info and 1rst I'm wondering what's up with the pipecleaners...are those used for the crystals to cling to? and could glue be used like I've seen for eggshell geodes? Also, this is the first time I've seen Borax used rather than Alum, which seemed harder to find to me, so I'm glad for the Borax info. I am off to the local craft store to find supplies I like!! Thanks so much for the inspiration. I'll upload results for your critique and ideas.

Mark Montano (author)MarianneC12015-06-17

Borax is much easier to use and I like the results. The fuzzy pipe cleaners make it easier for the crystals to grow.....Not sure why, but they do! I'm on the hunt for even fuzzier pipe cleaners if they even make them. I'm sure they do!

no1gum (author)2015-05-31

I want to make these soon. Mark, your range of crafts reminds me of Carol Duvall, which is the highest compliment I can give you.

Mark Montano (author)no1gum2015-05-31

I love Carol! I haven't seen her in a couple of years, but the last time I had lunch with her she seemed terrific. Absolutely lovely lady.

Kuddles101 (author)2015-05-29

wow I love it amazing

Dreamchronic (author)2015-05-14

Wow, man,!

Glad you like them!

I love them, did you think of making an edible version? That would be just perfect.

cdstudioNH made it! (author)2015-05-18

Actually, I'm not sure what I made, but with enough tulle, ribbon and EL glow underneath, it looks great!! (We'll use it for the Enchanted Forest Prom) DIY note: If you use white pipe stems, use a LOT of dye, or use deep colored stems, like Mark did, then dye a similar color. We noticed that once they dried completely, they were rather pastel in color. We also made some coils and shapes; those turned out very cool.

wandod (author)2015-05-17

You use 3 tablespoons Borax per cup in the video, but list 1 tbsp/cup in your written steps. Have you had better luck with 3? My first attempt with the lesser amount failed.

Mark Montano (author)wandod2015-05-17

Hey Wandod, You're right, I made a mistake when translating the video to a blog. You can still use your mixture, all you have to do is microwave it again and add more borax and it will be fine. 3 tablespoons per cup is much better. You can use the mixture over and over, too.

Wow so cool! I have been seeing these crystals all over the internet lately. How durrable are they?

They're pretty durable actually. I've been using them around candle clusters and in glass vials. They are holding up really well.

bebop3 (author)Mark Montano2015-05-14

these are beautiful :) do you need to paint the stones? or can you leave them natural?

rcarr8 (author)2015-05-13

I can't find the video anywhere , can you please tell me how and where I can find it. All I see is " watch the video here" I've tried clicking on everything, but I can't find it anywhere

Mark Montano (author)rcarr82015-05-13

Here you go:

jackiezac72 (author)2015-05-13

constantly finding real geodes on our property but I can't wait to see the people who make fun of me for saving them when I make these and say look what I found. Thanks for this awesome tutorial!

Mark Montano (author)jackiezac722015-05-13

You should absolutely do it!

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