Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Thanks to my good friend Google Reader, I learned this winter that there is such a thing as an ice wreath. I've seen lots of very cool ones on different blogs, and I decided that we should make them for bedtime project.
We actually made these weeks ago, but it turned out to be above freezing when we put them outside, and they took days to freeze. And then they sat on the back balcony for a week or two while I forgot about them. So several weeks later, here is our experience with the ice wreaths:
Based on a tutorial I saw somewhere and have since forgotten, we used round cake pans as the molds for the wreaths and weighted bowls in the center to create the holes. First, we placed glass beads and small pine branches leftover from our Christmas tree in the pan:
Then we poured water in them, put them outside, and waited. For days.
While these aren't nearly as fancy or seasonal as some of those I've seen online, I actually love the way the glass beads catch the sunlight. I'm hoping to find an old bundt pan at the Salvation Army to make our next batch more interesting.