Winter Sun Catchers

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on January 28, 2010

amandaIn my quest for a craft-filled week, I have asked some of my friends to help me out with some fun ideas. Today my friend Amanda has agreed to share a wintery weather craft with us.

Amanda is a happy stay-at-home mom to two. She blogs at ohAmanda and Impress Your Kids. She’s a member of the 2010 Disney Mom’s Panel. And she twitters about all of it @oohamanda.

Please help me make Amanda feel welcome and let us know if you try these mini ice sculptures!


When Christine first asked me to do a wintery craft, I knew I wanted to do something with ICE. I love crafts that ::whisper:: you don’t have to keep! I saw this great Winter Sun Catcher in our most recent Family Fun magazine and was dying to try it. It consisted of food coloring, ice cube trays and a cake pan. It sounded easy and isn’t it pretty?

With all the freezing, it took two full days and I photo-documented it every step of the way. My four year old daughter, Lydia was ecstatic about checking on our “ice-thing”. However, when it came time to time to take it out of the mold, this is what we ended up with…

winter craft ice

Not quite the same, huh? Lydia almost cried. So, we had to jump to Plan B. I have a ton of silicone ice and muffin trays in various shapes (I pick them up on clearance whenever I see a cute one). We squeezed 1-2 drops of food coloring into each compartment. Then we used a measuring cup with spout to fill the shapes to the top.

ice craft winter

Instead of trying to do a hole like the Family (not-so) Fun Sun Catcher, we cut some yarn and dropped the ends in the water. (You’ll want to cut the yarn significantly longer than the ones shown above.) We had to use a a fork to push the yarn under the water…I tried using my fingers first but now my nails are blue. Oh well.

winter craft ice

So, what do you think? Pretty cute, huh? Plus, I upped the ante by adding a quarter to one of the ice-ornaments. Lydia’s already staked that one out. It would be fun to put leaves, berries, small toys or glitter inside, too!

ice sun catcher

This is the perfect craft for any age kids. I think it would be fun for older kids because you could experiment with color combinations and measurements. Little kids just like water. And I’m pretty sure watching it melt is going to be even more fun than making it!

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oh amanda January 28, 2010 at 7:03 pm

Thanks for the opportunity to post, Christine! We had to check on our ice about 12 times today. It was so fun to watch it melt…but now everyone’s fingers are dyed! :)



vanessa @ silly eagle books January 28, 2010 at 7:12 pm

These turned out much cuter than the original, Amanda! I love how you posted a pic of the craft-fail. I was eyeing that sun catcher in the Family Fun, now I know to skip it. :) Juliet will love trying this one out. We’ll be making pumpkins–since that is the only shaped ice mold I own.


oh amanda January 28, 2010 at 7:42 pm

Ha, Vanessa! You can borrow my ice molds–I’ve got flowers and stars and even fish! :)


Tracy @HallofFameMoms January 28, 2010 at 9:53 pm

Looks like fun. We may try it. Thanks.


oh amanda January 29, 2010 at 8:14 am

It was really fun. Especially b/c it took sooooo long, it was fun for about 2 days! :)


Jeni January 28, 2010 at 10:22 pm

That reminds me of something I saw somewhere (no idea where) about making a winter ice wreath for birds. Basically, it’s a Bundt pan filled with berries and seeds and water, then frozen. You hang it outside where you can watch the birdies enjoy their winter treat as it melts!


oh amanda January 29, 2010 at 8:10 am

Oooh, what a good idea! It was really fun, maybe we’ll try that, too. :)


Amber @ClassicHousewife January 29, 2010 at 1:14 am

Very COOL! Hehe. I crack myself up. =P


oh amanda January 29, 2010 at 8:11 am



Saph @ Frugal Wife Blog January 29, 2010 at 3:24 am

That’s cool! Simple, cheap, and cool! :)


oh amanda January 29, 2010 at 8:12 am

Again with the COOL puns! :)


Heather @ Not a DIY Life January 29, 2010 at 8:08 am

Wow, way to salvage the craft, Amanda! I love how the individual ones turned out. I think I almost like them better than the original idea.


oh amanda January 29, 2010 at 8:12 am

Well, it was definitely more fun b/c we hung up those things for about 20 minutes—picking different plants and tress in the back yard. Then when we went to investigate them, that also took a half an hour! But they did melt quickly. Now I have little pieces of yarn in all my trees! :)


Neck Traction February 5, 2010 at 5:25 am

Thank you for the post. Really fantastic! It will surely make my kids happy and make them learn the new crafts. It also helps my kid to have interest in such things from his childhood. Thanks.


Jennifer February 18, 2010 at 10:29 pm

Simply beautiful! I will be trying some of these. Thank you.
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