Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Frozen Outdoor Ice Ornaments

Hi everyone! This was our tutorial that was featured on Tatertots and Jello, so you may have seen it last week.
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.

Here's everything I used:

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.

Note: Oatmeal container DID NOT work--all the water leaked out before it froze!

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!

Fine Craft Guild


  1. wow, those look really cool. i am sure my kids would love making these!!

  2. How fantastic! I LOVE this idea. And when it starts to melt, the birds and squirrels can eat the treats that fall! I want to do this so badly. Too bad I live in Alabama. I'm pretty sure the weather today was in the 60's, so if I made ornaments they almost certainly wouldn't last very long:(

  3. These are beautiful and seem like they'd be so easy to make too! We're linking to this post today...check it out here:

  4. I adore these! I spotted them on Gooseberry Patch (above!) and I linked to them on :)

  5. I found the idea wonderful hanging in trees. Years
    after use in a business lunch, this same technique,
    putting ice in a tray of fruit to keep
    Really cool ... it is very successful.
    Congratulations, Dolly

  6. That is really neat. I'll have to try that next year!

  7. These do look great- I've just bookmarked this page so that we can try these next year.


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