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Winter Ice Craft - Valentine's Day Sun Catcher

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If you are looking for a fun and creative Valentine’s Day craft you have come to the right place.This family project is great for adults and kids of all ages. It is an easy winter ice activity to create and enjoy.

Valentine greeting card dated 1909

Valentine greeting card dated 1909

After all the excitement of Christmas and New Year’s celebrations subside life tends to quiet down, Christmas trees can be seen curbside awaiting their ride on the garbage truck. Holiday lights are taken down from doorway and window frames, while a few lonely brownish Christmas wreaths remain hanging and wondering where the party went. Then suddenly, within this dark cold time of year, cheery red and pink valentine hearts begin to make an appearance in window panes, bringing with them a glimmer of hope for those of us in the colder climates, that we can make it through the bitter cold winter with just a little love.

It seems so perfectly appropriate that during one of the coldest months of the year we would have chosen the symbol of love to help us make it through. And so we have Valentine’s Day, a holiday which came about during the high Middle Ages when the tradition of courtly romantic love flourished in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer. A note written by Chaucer in 1382 was believed to be the first recorded association of Valentine's Day. Chaucer wrote:

For this was on seynt Volantynys day
Whan euery bryd comyth there to chese his make.

["For this was Saint Valentine's Day, when every bird cometh there to choose his mate."]

Not much is actually known of Saint Valentine, but one Legend has it that during a time of war when soilders were not allowed to marry, it was Saint Valentine that secretly performed marriage ceremonies showing a belief in love above all else. I believe in this love too.

I think it is ironic to make a heart out of ice since the heart is the warmest part of the body, but when shaped, colored and hung in the sunlight these Valentine's ice sun catchers glimmer in such a way as to bring a new perspective to the holiday, and love itself.

Here is a craft you can make for a loved one, by yourself or with kids. Get creative! They are so easy, simple, fun and beautiful to behold.

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You will need

  • Heart shape cake form*
  • 2 heart shape cupcake forms*
  • Something heavy like coins, rocks, or rice to weigh down cupcake container
  • Red food coloring
  • Ribbon or yarn and scissors
  • Water

*Heart shaped containers were purchased at Micheal's Arts and Crafts

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Step 1

Fill cupcake container with water and place in the freezer.

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Step 2

Place 2nd cupcake mold in cake form and fill with coins to keep from floating.

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Step 3

Fill up a pitcher with water and add about 8 drops of red food coloring. Pour this colored water into the cake form. Alternatively, you can fill the cake form with water and add the drops of food coloring.

Step 4

Place cake form in the freezer for approximately 1 hour.

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Step 5

Remove cake and cupcake form from freezer. Remove ice from cupcake form and place in partially frozen cake form. You may need to break some ice in the cake form for the cupcake ice heart to fit.

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Step 6

Once completely frozen, remove cake form from freezer, allow it to sit at room temperature for about 15 minutes and then remove coin filled cupcake holder. Remove sun catcher from the cake form. Thread a ribbon or yarn through the heart shaped opening and find a place to hang outside and enjoy.

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This Valentine's Day Ice Sun Catcher was made using the same directions shown above but instead of using food coloring for the cake form it was put in the cupcake form.

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Comments

Tracy Lynn Conway (author) from Virginia, USA on January 05, 2013:

Ishwaryaa22 - I am thrilled to receive so much praise! These ice creations are just pure fun. Thank you for all of the votes and for sharing.

Stephanie - What a great idea to compliment the snowy New Jersey landscape with an ice sun catcher. Thank you!

Stephanie Bradberry from New Jersey on December 26, 2012:

This is such a cute idea. As the snow is starting to fall here in NJ, this seems like a good idea to add some color around/outside the house. Thanks for sharing.

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani from Chennai, India on December 26, 2012:

A wonderful winter craft hub filled with clear directions, helpful step-by-step photos & attractive photos of finished ice crafts! Way to go!

Thanks for SHARING. Pressed all the buttons except funny(sorry), pinned & shared both on HubPages & Facebook

Tracy Lynn Conway (author) from Virginia, USA on February 22, 2012:

BellaHeartDesigns, I hope you enjoy making these ice sun catchers, thank you so much!

BellaHeartDesigns from California on February 18, 2012:

Ooohh, these look really neat, I can't wait to make my own. Great idea!

Tracy Lynn Conway (author) from Virginia, USA on February 18, 2012:

Leahlefler, I am so glad you like them so much and I hope you have fun making them with your son.

Tracy

Leah Lefler from Western New York on February 14, 2012:

I love all of those ice creations - the Valentine's Day ice suncatcher is adorable! I am off to look at the ice jewels hub - my six year old son would LOVE that idea!

Tracy Lynn Conway (author) from Virginia, USA on January 25, 2012:

Randomcreative, this winter ice project is really a perfect way to take advantage of the frigid temperatures. Thank you!

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on January 23, 2012:

How creative and beautiful! A perfect craft project for winter. Thanks for sharing.

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