Frozen Sun Catcher

5 Materials
15 Minutes

I wrote about a bunch of winter crafts to make in this post about a Hygge Winter and I picked one to make this week! It has been frigidly cold here in the Northeast, so I thought it was a great time to try an Ice Sun Catcher. I had leftover, slightly mushy fruit and a few other bits from the pantry and there isn’t much more that this super simple winter craft calls for!
frozen sun catcher
Gather all of your supplies and lay your fruit, seeds and cuttings in the bottom of the pie pan in any arrangement that you love. Don’t love it too much though because in the next step everything is going to get a bit scrambled!

frozen sun catcher
Fill your pie pan about an inch or so with water. You want to almost completely cover all of your little bits of fruit and greenery, but not ALL the way.  If you leave the water just a bit below the level of your fillings, then they will poke out of the ice once everything is frozen. Don't worry if things move around. You can rearrange everything after you've poured the water in. Next, you're going to add your hanger.
frozen sun catcher
Cut a length of string or twine or ribbon and put it in the water.  You want it to really be “in there” if you know what I mean.  Lay it about half way done the pie plate and you might even want to put something on top of it, like I did with one of my apricots or grapes, so that it doesn’t float to the top.  You also will want to tape the string/twine/ribbon to the pan.  You want the string to come up through the middle of the ice, not just be floating on top because it will hang funny if that is the case and it may not be super sturdy.  The picture above might be a better explanation than my words!
Last step in the process is to freeze the whole thing! I left mine outside over night and it was frozen solid the next morning.

frozen sun catcher
There are so many things to love about this winter craft.  It’s pretty.  It’s cheap.  I think the birds will love it in the spring when it starts to melt.  I think what I love best about it is that it’s totally unique while still being perfectly simple!
I hope you give this a try!
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Marybeth Santos

Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!


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1 question
  • Gracie
    on Dec 24, 2018

    Hi! Im new to the winter as we just moved last year from the tropics. So the frozen decor will not drip or melt? Thank you!

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  • Crao1960
    on Mar 10, 2018

    That is absolutely adorable and pretty and so creative I'm definitely going to give this a go try!

  • Sandy
    7 days ago

    This is beautiful! I love the idea. One thing to keep in mind grapes are toxic to dogs so if you have a dog, please place this in an area where your best friend can’t pickup any stray grapes.

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