Are you getting excited about winter yet? If you are like me the answer is a resounding "no." But when you get started with this easy winter craft project you might have a change of heart about the frigid air. Not only is this project easy for kids to make it is beautiful and fun for any age to try.
You will Need
- Flowers or you can use cut citrus fruit, cranberries, pine sprigs etc. or any combination of these
- Muffin tin or other container
- Time to freeze overnight
- Outdoor Temps < 25ºF / -4ºC
Cut yarn and place it down into each muffin space (see photo right) one by one and leave enough extra yarn at the end so that you can tie it for hanging after freezing. Then cut off the flower stems and place flowers above the yarn within each muffin space.
Slowly fill with water.
Freeze at least overnight in your freezer or outside if the temperature is cold enough. I was able to fit the muffin tins in my narrow freezer without any problem.
Once frozen, remove ornaments by leaving containers at room temperature for a few minutes and pull string to loosen.
Find a spot to hang and enjoy, maybe take some photos too.
Larger flowers and muffin tin photos
Make a Wreath!
Using similar directions as with muffin tins only using a larger circular shape container.
Place the yarn in a circular shape with both ends coming out of the top. The extra yarn will be used to tie and hang the wreath after it is frozen.
Place flowers in any design you like.
Fill with water and freeze overnight.
Once completely frozen leave container at room temperature for a few minutes then release wreath from container.
Tie the yarn and hang outside when the temperature is < 25ºF / -4ºC.
- Dye water with food coloring before pouring into containers for some added contrast.
- Kids may enjoy freezing toy figures for a themed set of ornaments.
- Hang ornaments on a tree or bush.
Make it Educational
- Talk to your child about how water can change from a liquid to a solid and back again.
- Talk about what temperature water needs to be freeze and then melt.
- Talk about why the temperature rises and falls during the day. These ornaments will likely begin to melt when the sun is at its warmest.
Ice ornaments are a fun and easy winter project for all ages. I hope you are inspired to make some of your own.
Make an Ice Gem! Check out this Ice Gem photo gallery and learn to make your own.
To learn about these easy to make ice gems visit: Winter Ice Craft - Gems
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- Winter Ice Craft - Sun Catchers
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© 2012 Tracy Lynn Conway
Tracy Lynn Conway (author) from Virginia, USA on January 19, 2012:
Hi Carrie, I am sorry that you are having trouble. My ice ornaments do look cloudy or a milky when they first come out of the mold. I sometimes run water over the ornaments to make them sparkle a bit more. It is not until they are up and in the sunlight that they reveal their true glimmer. I was also thinking that if your ornaments are still cloudy when held up to the light it could be as a result of the water that you are using, just a guess. If your water is filtered maybe you could try bottled water that isn't filtered. The water that I use comes from a well. I hope this helps.
Carrie on January 19, 2012:
How do you get them so clear? I've tried a few and they've always turned out solid, or milky....can't see any bubble formations at all
Tracy Lynn Conway (author) from Virginia, USA on January 10, 2012:
Thank you Movie Master, these are really so fun! I think I caught the ice bug and my hands are still numb. With the amount of times my kids check the freezer, it is a wonder they ever freeze.
Movie Master from United Kingdom on January 09, 2012:
What wonderful and unusual ideas and a super project to do with the children.
I shall have to check out the ice gems.
Thank you for sharing this great hub and photos.
Voting up, best wishes MM
Tracy Lynn Conway (author) from Virginia, USA on January 07, 2012:
Tsarnaudova, your daughter sounds like an inspiration all by herself. I hope the both of you enjoy this beautiful and easy to make project. Thank you so much for the votes!
Silwen, I am so glad you like these and I hope you enjoy making them as well. Thank you!
Ktrapp, You are making me blush with so many wonderful compliments! I really can't thank you enough.
Alison, I also never thought of this as I usually stick to painting and working with wool but I am afraid these ice projects might become a bit addictive. I am really glad you liked it so much, thank you!
Alison Dittmar from PA on January 07, 2012:
Awesome! I love sewing, crafting, etc.... but I never thought of this. What a great project to do with the kids or just to make something really different and beautiful. Thanks for sharing!
Kristin Trapp from Illinois on January 07, 2012:
Once again you have amazed me with your photos and craftiness. These ice ornaments are absolutely beautiful, as are the ice gems.
~voted up, awesome, and beautiful~
Silwen from Europe on January 07, 2012:
Great flowers. These decorations are wonderful. I will surely try making them. Thank you for sharing.
Tsvetana Kodjabasheva from Sofia, Bulgaria on January 06, 2012:
It looks really simple to make these gorgeous ice craft! My elder daughter will get to it right away after I show her your heb! She is an artist - only 11 years old - making beautiful landscapes with brush and water colours. Thank you so much for your inspirational hub!
Up, and so beautiful!