Winter Ice Craft - Hanging Ornaments
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 photosClick thumbnail to view full-size
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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© 2012 Tracy Lynn Conway