How to Make Ice Sun Catchers (Great Winter Craft!)
Ice sun catchers are a fun and easy winter craft project for adults and kids to make with amazing results. You only need a few simple supplies to get beautiful effects. This is a craft for all ages.
My ice art obsession began after reading an article about ice gems and then trying my hand at making them. I found that not only were these gems a cinch to make but they came out quite beautifully. That is when I became hooked. I went on to create ice ornaments, wreaths, and hearts and I am still in the process of trying out other ideas. With the combination of sunlight, ice, and a splash of color you can obtain quite magnificent results. The effect reminds me of rich colored jewels shimmering in the sunlight. Sun catchers can give a dull winter landscape a quick and easy makeover.
On an educational level, children can learn about the changing properties of water, dye, and the process of freezing and melting and in a greater sense a level of wonder at the sight of their own creations when they sparkle in the low winter sunlight.
To Make These You Will Need:
- Cake pan or other round container
- Food coloring
- Ribbon or yarn
- Small plastic cup with coins, rocks, rice or anything that can weigh it down
Fill cake pan with water. Place cup filled with coins towards the edge of the pan and place in freezer. Freeze for 1 hour or until the ice is partiality frozen.
Keeping pan inside freezer drop various shades of food coloring in the partially frozen water. Leave to thoroughly freeze (approximately 3 hours).
Remove pan from freezer and keep at room temperature for about 15 minutes or until it begins to loosen up. Remove coin filled cup and then remove Ice Sun Catcher from pan, and loop ribbon through hole. Hang and Enjoy!
This ice sun catcher was made using colored ice cubes.
To Make the Ice Cube Sun Catcher You Will Need:
- Ice cube tray
- Food coloring
- Cake pan
- Small plastic cup with coins, rocks or rice, anything that will weigh it down.
- Ribbon to hang
Fill ice cube tray with water and place drops of food coloring in different cubes. Place tray in freezer and leave overnight.
Fill a cake pan with water and place a cup filled with coins (rice, rocks - something heavy) inside. Place pan in freezer and freeze for about an hour.
Remove cake pan with partially frozen ice and ice cube tray. Begin placing colored ice cubes into the cake pan. You may need to break the ice in the cake pan a bit with a knife. When finished place back in the freezer for a few hours or overnight until solid.
Once completely frozen remove pan from freezer and leave at room temperature for about 15 minutes. Remove cup and then remove ice sun catcher. Place ribbon through hole and hang.
This ice sun catcher was made using marbles and hung by copper wire.
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© 2012 Tracy Lynn Conway