Making ice wreaths to adorn the outside of our home has become one of my favorite winter crafts, perhaps second only to my obsession with cutting paper snowflakes. A pretty winter ice wreath goes a long way to sprucing up an ugly fire escape, but will look equally wonderful hanging from a tree, porch or any spot you can find for it.
If the outside temperatures are not below freezing, fret not. A freezer will work just as well. Sure, an ice wreath might melt faster if it's a little warm outside, but that's all part of the adventure.
How to Make Ice Wreaths
What you need:
- Cake pan, preferably a pan with a hole in the middle, such as a bundt pan or angel food cake pan but not strictly necessary.
- Items from nature such as: pine needles, orange peel, rose hips, pinecones, berries, etc.
- Long ribbon or string for hanging
- Festive items (optional) like jingle bells, glittery items, beads, etc.
- Water (ha ha ha)
Fill cake pan with water and add nature items.
NOTE: As you see in the photos, we tried the sort-of-failed experiment of creating a space by placing a jar in the middle of a traditional cake pan. This was okaaaaay, but did not really work very well because removing the jar from the frozen wreath was a bit of a chore.
Just remember: I fail so you don't have to. Ha ha ha.
If you don't have a cake pan with a hole in the middle, simply add your ribbon to the pan with your other items, leaving a long strip out of the pan so you can hang up the wreath, once it is frozen.
Place pan outside if temperatures are cold enough, or in the freezer if they are not. We put ours out on the fire escape overnight.
After it freezes you may need to float the pan momentarily in a pan of hot water to release the ice. As you can see, in the morning we hung the ice wreath our
garden gate which leads out into an idyllic snow covered woodland fire escape.
Even with simple fir needles stolen from the Christmas tree, an ice wreath is cheerful:
More frozen fun: