Friday, January 28, 2011

Valentine Sun Catchers

When I saw this idea in a Family Fun magazine I knew my kids and I would have to make some.

First get your ice cube trays and make some colorful ice cubes by added whatever food coloring you like, then place them in the freezer until they are completely frozen.


After your ice cubes are frozen you fill a cake pan about 1/3 the way full with cold water.  Since it’s close to Valentines Day we made heart shaped sun catchers but you can use whatever cake pan you like.  You also need to add a glass with water in it to the pan.  This will make a hole in your ice so you can hang up your creation.


Add your colorful ice cubes and place in the freezer right away.


When it’s completely frozen, you can remove the cups from the ice and then remove your creation from pan.  You can set it on the counter for a bit until it melts enough to remove it, or you can try running warm water over the back of the cake pan BUT be careful if the water is too Hot it can cause your ice to crack. (and yes, we might have figured that out from experience) 


Add a ribbon and hang it outside.


They’re so cool, and it was a really fun project.  We’ll be doing this one again, next time I think we’ll try connecting more than one together.

FYI – Yes, they do melt and because it’s not very cold where we live, ours was completely melted in about 6 hours. (and no Tracy that wasn’t a stupid question)


Tracy said...

I hope this isn't a stupid question, but isn't it just going to melt once you put it outside?

Michelle @ Delicate Construction said...

I love those!!! So pretty, I had made them once with sequins and glitter with my 18 month old class and we put them outside in the summer time. I live in San Diego so it lasted all of 4 minutes but it was fun and pretty!

Rachael@Lovely Crafty Home said...

Cute project!! Thanks for linking up :)

Steph said...

These look fun and they would last a REALLY long time here! :) I think the high temp for tomorrow is -3.

Unknown said...

This is a great idea!

Thanks for linking up!

I am featuring these today on my blog. Feel free to stop by and grab a button!


Unknown said...

This is such a fun project and one that's sure to stick around if you live somewhere cold (just like me). I'm always on the look out for crafty projects that my boys will enjoy. They'll love this!


Fotf said...

What a fun idea, we were at -9 today when i picked up my son so that should work well for a little while. Need to find a nice heart shaped tin now and get it set up in time for V day :)

Unknown said...

These are soo cool! Love that the kids got to be involved.. I may have to drag my kids to the kitchen to try this! (of course once they get they'll have FUN)! Thanks for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party!

Tai Bender said...

These are adorable. Great idea!