Make Your Own Frozen Art with Ice Balloons

by Stacy Tornio

We saw a cool project on Pinterest for making gorgeous round ice balloons and food coloring. We were so impressed, so my kids and I decided to make them for ourselves. We put our own spin on the ice balloons, and here’s what we came up with. It was so much fun!

They turned out beautifully, and we decided to use them to frame a little ground feeding area we created near our bird feeders. (We were hoping to lure in a wild turkey that had been stopping by to eat. The bunnies were pretty happy with it, too.) This is a great winter project to do with kids. Here’s how we did it….

1. Add food coloring for colorful ice balloons.

You might need a couple of hands for this. You don’t need more than a few drops.

2. Fill it up!

Fill the balloon full. You don’t have to worry about filling them too full because you DO want the balloon to break.

3. Add more balloons!

Keep repeating step 1 and 2 until you have lots of balloons to set outside! Try to have several different colors so it can be a really colorful display!

4. Put them outside to get ice balloons.

It needs to be COLD, but if you have the right temperatures, put your balloons outside and give them several hours to freeze. The balloons will pop (make sure to pick those up and throw them away so they don’t harm any wildlife.) Once they do pop, you’ll be left with really pretty (and very colorful) ice balls!

These ice balloons need cold weather to make them work, so it’s a good reason to look forward to freezing temperatures.

Here’s another kid-friendly project for making garden art in your backyard. 

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4 comments

Debi January 6, 2013 - 4:24 am

These look like little gems in the snow! Almost makes me wish we had cold enough weather here in Los Angeles to make our own. 🙂

Linda January 7, 2013 - 2:17 am

What fun! Wish we had the weather for it.

Jo Self January 10, 2013 - 2:04 am

I saw this on Pinterest too and my daughter and I did it. We live in Central Iowa. Fun, easy, winter-blah-brightening project!

Stacy January 10, 2013 - 2:07 am

Thanks for the feedback! We had a blast with it.

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