Guest Project — make Frozen Outdoor Ice Ornaments!!
December 15, 2010
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We’re Emily and Jaime, two sister-in-laws with a passion for pretty things!
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Today we’d like to share our Frozen Outdoor Ice Ornaments with you!
Why not bring a little holiday cheer and color to the trees in your yard? I love these frozen outdoor ornaments! The way the ice sparkles in the sunlight, and the bright colors of cranberries and citrus slices really add some pizazz to our yard. They were an extra fun project because we made them as a family.
To make some for your yard, first gather your supplies: you’ll need various containers to freeze the ornaments in (I just collected the cans from a week’s worth of cooking: cans from tomatoes, beans, even tuna fish), some yarn or string, scissors, various slices of citrus fruit, cranberries, evergreen sprigs, pine cones, sticks—whatever you have on hand. I even added some cilantro to some and liked the way it turned out. I think bay leaves would also look lovely.
Then start filling your containers! This is a perfect project for kids—they can place everything in the containers haphazardly and the ornaments still turn out beautifully. Once the containers are full of the items you’ve prepared, then fill them with water.
For this ornament, I wanted to make it hollow so I placed a can full of rocks inside a larger can, then all around the edges I placed red sticks I clipped from a bush I have out front.
When your ornaments are ready to be frozen, place loops of yarn or string in them so that there will be a loop to hang them on the trees with. Place them on a tray and then either carry them outdoors if it is freezing or clear out a large area in your freezer. I left mine outdoors overnight and they froze solid.
Then in the morning, un-mold the ornaments (using some warm water if necessary) and voila! Beauty. I love the way the cranberries look with the orange and lime slices.
My kids and I then decorated the large pine tree we have out front.
Look how beautiful the ice looks in these!
This ornament was my favorite—I thought we’d probably put too much stuff in it, but I was wrong! I love all the color.
This hollow one turned out lovely as well. I placed it on my front step with a candle inside. Wouldn’t it look festive to have a row of these leading up your walkway, candles flickering inside?
Happy ice-ornament making everyone!
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