Make a Winter Ice Wreath

Making a Nature Ice Wreath

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Make a Nature Ice Wreath

Look at our new ice wreath! Isn’t it pretty?

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We used a bundt pan to create the wreath form and gathered crabapples and holly berries to put in the bottom for some pretty color.

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We also added lambs ear, lavender, blueberry leaves, and some alyssum that are still in bloom. Maia poured water over the berries and leaves and we put the bundt pan in the freezer overnight.

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The next day, I added a loop of ribbon for hanging the wreath. I held it in place with my thumb, poured more water over it, and set it back in the freezer to freeze in place. I probably could have put the ribbon directly in the water the first time to only do one round of freezing, but I didn’t think of it in time.

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The ribbon loop worked (I wasn’t sure if it would). I put the bundt pan in a sink full of warm water to loosen the ice, then tipped the wreath out.

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I love how it looks with the light shining through! We want to make more wreaths and some ornaments, too. As long as our cold weather holds out, we could have ice wreaths and ornaments all over the yard…

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By the way, I thought I was so smart in coming up with this ice wreath idea, but I just did a search and it turns out that plenty of others have done this as well (mostly with cranberries)! I love this post by resurrection fern on her ice wreaths. Beautiful! And she shows you how to make one if you don’t have a bundt pan.

Have you tried making ice wreaths?

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    Julie
    December 7, 2010 at 6:39 am

    I have done it several times but just made tiny ones using pie tins. We just left it in the garden overnight to freeze. This year the neighbours came and admired them. I love the fact that it is a wonderful way to teach about water freezing and melting as well as looking pretty. Yours is fantastic. I am tempted to go and buy a bundt tin just for this!

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    Julie Ruch
    December 7, 2010 at 7:49 am

    I LOVE this idea Jean. Something to do on another winter day! Thank you.
    Julie R

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    Peri R
    December 7, 2010 at 8:07 am

    GREAT idea! We live in a land of ice and snow so this is perfect for our climate. I’m going to do this with my boys this afternoon.

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    Julie Liddle, ART IN HAND
    December 7, 2010 at 8:10 am

    I feel compelled to comment now so you can have three Julie’s in a row…never done this, but now my wheels are turning about the possibilities. What a great, and easy idea. It would be so cool (no pun intended) to see several around the yard, with the sun making them sparkle! A real, homemade winter wonderland!

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    welcome to our wonderland
    December 7, 2010 at 10:09 am

    LOVE your nature wreath as soon as it is is cold enough to stay cold for many days we will be making this!!!
    our bitter cold, gray no sun days are coming :)

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    Jane
    December 7, 2010 at 10:30 am

    This is so beautiful!

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    Amanda
    December 7, 2010 at 11:13 am

    We have plans to make a few of these next month. I’ve wanted to for a few years but haven’t because I live in Phoenix, and its really never cold enough. This year I’ve decided its just silly not to make them, they are too pretty!

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    Rachelle
    December 7, 2010 at 11:32 am

    Beautiful! Like Amanda, we live in a warm climate. But why not join the fun? And we can also enjoy the ice melting in the sun.

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    Maryam
    December 7, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    Wow that is way awesome!

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    Holly
    December 7, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    Oh WOW!!! I love love love this!!! I want to try this w/ my little ones :)

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    Holly
    December 7, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    Just decided to make a trial run on the wreath :) I have a rubber angel food pan (all I have besides a butterfly cake pan)…so I put some pine cones…holly and some orange slices. I don’t have any berries around the house…so I can not think of something red or festive…maybe I will find something to throw in before it freezes :) Wish me luck!

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    Summer
    December 7, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    What a fun idea. I think my son might enjoy this activity as well. Thank you for sharing!

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    Colleen
    December 7, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    How fun! We have had some very cold temps here in Florida the last few nights, so we might be able to actually try to make one of these…
    Thanks for sharing.looks so pretty and festive.
    Colleen:)

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    Jean Van't Hul
    December 7, 2010 at 11:00 am

    I know! Wouldn’t it be lovely to have several sparkling around the yard? I want to see if I can rig something up so I can hang one just outside a window, too.

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    Jean Van't Hul
    December 7, 2010 at 11:00 am

    Tiny ones would be great, too! I do love how the bundt pan looks, though. Maybe you could borrow one from a neighbor?

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    Jean Van't Hul
    December 7, 2010 at 11:01 am

    Let me know if you do it!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    December 7, 2010 at 11:01 am

    Yay!

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    EmilyM
    December 7, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    I love this. We will be trying it this winter for sure!

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    Melissa
    December 7, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    We MUST do this tonight!! Thanks for the continued inspiration!

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    Karen
    December 7, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Awesome! I love love love this idea and I now want to do it with my class in January!!!!! We can pour the water, add outside goodies, and then leave it outside overnight! Science and art together!!!
    I adore your blog. Thank you for your wonderful ideas!!

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    Barbara Zaborowski
    December 7, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    I’ve done pie pan ice sculptures for years with my preschool class in Phoenix. They love watching them melt as much as they enjoy putting the leaves and sticks and flowers in the pie pan. Then we add water and freeze overnight.

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    Jenny
    December 8, 2010 at 12:03 am

    I just saw something similar to this on a blog this week. Can’t remember which blog it was, but they were making ice lanterns with tea light candles inside. I just googled “ice lantern” and a few useful things came up if anyone is interested in trying it!

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    Jenny
    December 8, 2010 at 12:06 am

    Aha! I found the blog I was talking about with the ice lanterns…
    http://www.ordinarylifemagic.com/2010/11/ice-lanterns.html

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    Dawn Lange
    December 8, 2010 at 6:41 am

    We haven’t tried one yet, but it’s been on our winter list!! I can’t wait to do it… but I think we’ll wait until we get back from holiday vacation so that we don’t miss it if it melts. Your turned out really nice!

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    Holly
    December 8, 2010 at 10:46 am

    I tried this last night…didn’t have much to throw in. Pine cones, pine needles, some Holly and orange slices. Was so excited to pull it out of freezer…but I must have done something wrong. I can not see through it :( Was I suppose to use warmer water or boil water????…ooopppsss

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    Jessica
    December 10, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    Love this idea!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    December 11, 2010 at 11:03 am

    Ooh! Orange slices sound beautiful!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    December 11, 2010 at 11:04 am

    Great! I love the idea of a whole class doing this!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    December 11, 2010 at 11:04 am

    Thanks for the link, Jenny! I love those!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    December 11, 2010 at 11:05 am

    Maybe you can do it when you’re up north, too!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    December 11, 2010 at 11:06 am

    Hmmm. Not sure. Is there too much water maybe? So too much ice around the pretty nature items? I think a thin layer is best, so you can see everything.

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    Darcey R
    December 12, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    What a great idea! I had never seen these before and yours turned out great! This was one of my favorite posts I saw this week and I’ve linked up to it here: http://play2grow.blogspot.com/2010/12/weekly-favorites-december-12-2010.html

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    Casey
    December 3, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Great idea! I’m sending this along to my nephews in Chicago. It’s a little too warm here in Florida… Pretty sure that the 80 degree weather would have that wreath melted in minutes!

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    joanne
    January 8, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    You can add some birdseed to the water and as it melts birds will come by and peck for the seeds. We hung ours right outside of our sliding glass doors. The kids loved it just as much as the birds did. Sometime we add seashells too just for fun :)

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