Glistening in the hot rays of summer, ice ornaments deck our apple tree for summer parties. Cool down a hot summer day, or just enjoy light sparkling in the garden when you hang these easy-to-make ornaments.
When I try to encourage an appreciation of science and nature in my children, I sometimes try to heighten their sensitivity to an experience by invoking opposites. Where we live, it can be fairly cool and foggy in the summer, so we spend a lot of time celebrating the sun when it appears. We examine our bold shadows, we watch the light sparkle on the water, and with this activity, we delight in the cold ice on our fingertips and the hot sun that heats them back up again.
You can prepare these ornaments in any weather and then hang them on a tree or branch when the sun is shining, just adding that extra touch of magic to a summer day. When we have a summer party, we might offer guests an ornament to tie to our apple tree and watch as it melts throughout the afternoon (or in 5 minutes, depending on the weather.)
Here’s how to make Magical Melting Ornaments:
- Clip (close to the stem) several beautiful flowers from your garden. Daisies, passion flower, or pansies might be good choices.
- Fill a muffin tin with water (you could also fill glasses, silicon egg poachers, or any other roughly 4 inch diameter mold with about 4 inches deep of water).
- Place your flower in the center of your mold, pushing it so it floats near the center of the water.
- Snip 7 inches of colored yarn and fold in half.
- Place the center point of the yarn into the water, poking it to the bottom of the mold.
- Place the molds in the freezer for several hours until they are frozen solid.
- Remove from molds by warming the outside slightly with your hands, running water, or a warm cloth.
- Seize by the string and tie around a branch.
Have other ideas for other crafts or activities that celebrating sunshine? Share them!