At the close of a scorching winter, explore the ephemeral beauty of these easy-to-make home breasts with sunbathing. These mini ice sculptures, which you can fill from the craft box with berries, seeds, leaves, chopped fruits or even ingredients, reflect light, such as ephemeral, sun-catching crystals. You can make them and refrigerate them outside, in appropriate cold temperatures, but they can also be made in your freezer.
Ice suncatchers can be manufactured in almost any shape or size. An aluminum pie plate produces a large, round, flat ornament. The Bundt Pan creates a wreath-shaped ornament, which can be hung with heavy outer branches. Silicon ice molds, available in various shapes and sizes, provide three-dimensional sunscreen. You can also use cookie cutters for different sizes (wrap the bottom of the cutter in a plastic wrap so that the water settles as it freezes). For a family activity, use a muffin tin and make six or 12 at a time; In this way, each family member can design their own.
Collecting material to freeze in sunsets is part of the fun. Outside, look for natural materials, such as pine needles, small sticks, acorns, pine cones, dried leaves and holly. Use a backyard or local park as your source, selecting objects with enough color and texture.
Indoors, thinly sliced citrus, fresh cranberries and even dehydrated apples or pears are alternatives to the fridge and panties. (But avoid foods such as raisins, which are toxic to dogs, and dried beans, which are poisonous to birds). If you prefer to use man-made materials, consider sequins, buttons, rhinestones, ribbon pieces, and even glitter. Be sure to place the prepared sunscreen in places that contain non-unnatural material, where you can easily collect the item while it is melting.