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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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Messy Backyard Fun Art Projects

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Here are a few more outtakes from the craft development we did for FamilyFun‘s Messy Backyard Art feature. Aren’t the swirly colors gorgeous?  We had so much fun playing with this project.  Did I mention that my children labeled me “best mom in the world” after they were knee deep in messy projects for the month of May? They did and I didn’t argue.

This one was particularly messy and especially fun! It involved a giant ice block on a hot summer day, so it was also refreshing.

Today, it rains and rains.  Maybe some indoor process-based art?

Cheers!

Emily

 

 

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5 Bright Spots (winter crafts!)

Friday, December 21st, 2012

1. These Ice Lanterns from Gina at willowday are gorgeous.  What a stunning way to add light and beauty to your winter celebrations!

2. Adorable snowmen made out of stacked rocks. via The Crafty Crow

3. This Frosted Holiday Pine Cones craft is lovely and perfect for the center of a holiday table.

4. Randi’s Winter Diorama project on Playful Learning is a creative way for children to welcome winter.  Love it!

5. Hot Chocolate Spoons so your fireside hot chocolates are even more spectacular.

 

 

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