Brrrr! It’s getting chilly outside! But that’s no reason to stop exploring the beautiful outdoors and brave wildlife that is still busy over winter. By collecting natural objects like berries, mistletoe and leaves, you can create some remarkable pieces of art! The colder the better – because your icy decorations will last longer!
How to make them? Use our step-by-step guide:
1) Fill up your kettle with water and let it boil. Leave it to cool for about 30 minutes. This will remove any air bubbles from the water when it freezes.
2) Hats and gloves on! Let’s go outside and see what natural beauties we can find. Explore your garden or local park to collect berries, twigs, grass, feathers and leaves, or anything else you might discover.
3) Pour your cooled boiled water into your plastic tubs. Experiment with different shapes and sizes! Circular lunchboxes work well.
4) Cut your string to a length of approx. 10cm – enough to fold in half to create a ‘handle’ that will hang your decoration. Bend your string in half, ensuring that the two loose ends are in the water.
5) Place your natural objects on top of the string. You can make a picture, colour-theme it or just mix them all together to see what happens. Try to ensure that your string remains underneath the items.
6) If it’s a cold frosty night, leave your ice decorations outside to freeze. When you wake up, you can see their transformation. Alternatively, if it is mild (or you’re too excited to wait), you can put them in the freezer for a few hours.
7) Once frozen, lay your plastic tubs in some cool water to allow the ice to separate from the containers.
8) When loose, hang them up! They’ll add fantastic splashes of colour to your trees, shrubs and fences.