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Freeze Frosty Ornaments
Gather your favorite nature objects and freeze them into fanciful ornaments of ice.
  • small baking molds or muffin pans
  • Evergreen leaves, seedpods, acorns, berries, or any other objects from nature
  • Ribbon
  • Water
Step 1
Go outside

Head outside for a winter walk and gather nature items. (See list above.)

Step 2
Arrange objects

Arrange the collected objects inside the molds or muffin pan. Pour water over them.

Step 3
Add Ribbon

For the hangers, place the ends of a strip of ribbon in the water in each mold.

Step 4
Take outside

Carefully move the molds outside to freeze. (If the temperature is above 32°F, put them in your freezer instead.)

Step 5

After the water has frozen, remove the ornaments from the molds. (If they won't come out easily, run some warm water over the bottom to loosen.)

Step 6

Hang the ornaments outside on tree branches.

frosty ornaments

You can also add fruit slices, sunflower seeds, nuts, and dried corn kernels to your ornaments. As the temperature rises, the ornaments will start to melt. Some of the treasures inside will make tasty treats for the birds in your neighborhood!

By Michele Reyzer. This activity originally appeared in the December/January 2012 issue of Ranger Rick magazine.

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