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Sub-Zero Ornaments

Add some décor to the outdoors by adding icy ornaments for everyone to enjoy. Get your creativity flowing by adding lots of colours and using the wonders of nature to help you!

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Plan

  • What materials do you need for the activity?
  • What will you add to your Sub-Zero Ornament?
  • How will you stay safe in this activity?

Do

  • Start by finding some materials to add to your ornaments. Try to make them natural so you can Leave No Trace.
  • Think flowers, leaves, sticks, pinecones, or maybe even fruits and seeds? A tasty treat for the birds when your ornaments melt!
  • Add your items to a muffin tin with some string or ribbon hanging out of them. You can use any molds you have – maybe unique shapes and sizes?
  • Pour room temperature water into the molds!
  • Place them outside (or in the freezer if it is not cold enough) and wait for your beautiful ornaments to freeze.
  • Once frozen, pull out your Ice Ornaments and decorate your bare trees outside!

Review

  • What did you enjoy most about making your Sub-Zero Ornaments?
  • What was your favourite added item?
  • What might you do differently next time?

Materials

  • Muffin tin (or other molds)
  • Twine or String
  • Organic/natural colourful materials (flowers, fruits, seeds, etc.)

Keep it Simple

  • Keep it small and simple by using an ice-cube tray mold and adding food colouring for small but colourful decorations! This could easily be done indoors.

Take it Further

  • Make larger sun-catcher style ornaments by using aluminum pie tins as your molds! These will be much heavier, so be mindful where you place them.