Even in the colder months, there’s still plenty of creative projects to get busy with. This is a great activity for younger children and adults and it doesn’t require much planning or materials, especially if it's frosty outside!
If it hasn’t gone below zero in your area, this method can be replicated using a freezer, but they will likely have to be made at a smaller scale to fit inside.
You will need
- Bucket or other containers - any dish that will hold water
- Flowers and foliage - a variety of colours and shapes work best
- String/ rope (if you’d like to hang your flower discs up, they look great in trees!)
- Freezing temperatures outside! (or a functional freezer inside!)
Collect your materials together and start thinking about your design, it can be anything you like. I’m a big fan of abstract and colourful stuff, but you could make anything really, a scene, or flower people if you’re feeling really ambitious!
Lay your design at the bottom of your container
This could be a bucket, a shallow dish or anything that will hold water, you could even experiment with different sizes and shapes of containers to produce unique floral ice sculptures!
Once you’re happy with your design, add water slowly, trying not to move your design too much! Add more flowers or greenery if you want.
Remember water expands as it freezes
So whatever container you use, make sure it doesn't have a lid and not to overfill it. Leave at least a few centimetres gap to the rim of your container to prevent spillage.
How to hang your art
If you want to hang your temporary art, my favourite display method is seeing these discs strung up in trees, they contrast beautifully with white snow.
After adding your water, simply place a loop of string, twine, rope or whatever you want to hang it with, in the water, making sure a good length of it is under the water surface. Bigger pieces will need strong rope, smaller pieces may be fine with weaker twine or string.
Leave your container outside overnight in cold weather and wake up to your fresh icy art, or if it's not freezing where you are yet, pop it in the freezer for a few hours.
The time to freeze will depend on what size container you’ve used - smaller ones will freeze quicker and larger ones will take longer. They will also be heavier the more water you use, keep this in mind if you intend to display them hanging in trees.
Once frozen solid, they should be easy enough to remove by tipping upside down. Ready to display however you wish!
If they’re a bit stuck, heat the container gently by holding in warm water until the edge melts a little, allowing your flower disc to slip out.
This lovely idea can be done pretty much anywhere and once it warms up, they melt into the ground, leaving almost no trace, just the flowers and foliage you used to create them.
These images were taken in the University of Bristol’s Royal Fort Gardens last March, they were created by the gardening team for all to enjoy.
If you’re feeling inspired and have a go, I’d love to see what you make! Feel free to tag me: