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3 Cool Ice Crafts

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Cool crafts…get it? Ok, bad joke, but what else can we do in this frigid weather if not laugh? Rarely is there an outdoor craft that can only be done a certain time of year, but if there’s one genre, it’s these frozen ice crafts! Check out 3 fun ways to “enjoy” this sub-freezing weather creatively with your kids!

How cute are these ice cube boats? Stage a little boat race by patting down the snow on a slight incline and see whose boat makes it down the fastest. If you don’t have snow, just put a trash bag on your driveway. (You might want grease it up a bit first with some soapy water.)

What you’ll need:

  • Ice cube tray
  • Food coloring
  • Straw
  • Aluminum foil
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch

Make it:

  1. Fill up the ice cube tray spaces with water (as many boats as you’d like to make), mix in a few drops of food coloring, and cover with aluminum foil.
  2. Poke little holes in the middle and insert 5″ straws straight up and down. Put the tray outside (or in the freezer) until frozen solid.
  3. Cut a paper sail about 2″ tall by 3″ wide, punch a hole on the top and bottom edges (centered), and insert the straw through the holes. (Smaller second sail is optional.)


Be nice to the birds that didn’t make it far enough South this winter to avoid the cold. Freeze birdseed and cranberries into ice cube trays and hang them on your trees. Check out the how-to at Henry Happened. (BTW, she made the rings by putting a glass in the center of a bowl, putting the seeds and cranberries around it, then filling it with about 1″ of water. Clever.)

It’s no doubt looking a little bleak in your yard…even if the sky is blue, everything is looks pretty sad and lacking some green. Add decor to your trees with these colored ice ornaments from Design Mom.

 

Valentine's Day Heart Fan Craft
Valentine's Day Heart Fan Craft
Valentine's Day Heart Fan Craft

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Make :: Milkweed Pod Boats

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

As we wait for new, lush, green life to spring up around our home, my children have been collecting dried pods, seeds, and stalks from last year’s growth for observation and play.  One of their favorite things to collect are elegant milkweed pods. They happen to have the most beautiful, swooped shape and my two find that they make perfect fairy boats.

After collecting a handful, they brought them home and used paper, glue, glitter, and string to turn them into water worthy vessels.

This one is lined with a leaf of Lambs Ear (found on our walk) and has a pillow and a life preserver.

This one is a double decker!

They sailed their fleet in a puddle behind our house and in the creek at the end of our road. Each new boat was tested and re-designed and tested again until they floated majestically in the wind blown current.  We are all certain that the fairies who live behind our home will be so thankful to find new boats for their spring adventures.

xo emily

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