Decorating for parties, holidays and guests can be time consuming and an added expense. The following designs are simple to make and do not require a ton of supplies.
They are also budget friendly and most can be made using things around the house, and the finished products add an extra welcoming touch.
Ice Luminaries and hurricanes are super easy to make, and require only a freezable container to hold water and desired inserts. [paidcontent]
This idea uses fragrant, fresh evergreen branches embedded in ice. Other items like citrus fruits, seasonal berries, flowers or pine cones can also be used.
This tutorial shows how to use different sized containers to achieve a group display.
These can be frozen indoors in the freezer, or can be placed outdoors if the temperature is at the freezing point.
Once frozen, votive candles, tea lights or LED electric candles can be placed inside. If candles are used be sure to keep any decorations, obstructions and curious children and pets away from the lighted wick.
These hanging ornaments were made by freezing items in water inside of muffin tins with yarn placed through each section.
Ice Buckets and Food Serving Chillers
Things like ice wreaths can be made for decorative displays, but also could serve as functional for keeping food and beverages chilled. These can also be used for either luminaries or as ice buckets for beverages or as coolers for serving dishes.
Using various finds from around the house for molds, like bundt pans, buckets or pans can lead to tons of ideas for frozen presentations.
These floral bottle chillers are a neat touch.
Ice Sculptures and Sun Catchers
Decorating outdoors when the weather is less than inviting is one way to make looking out the window a little brighter when the dreary days seem to never end.
Colorful creations like sun catchers can be made by placing vivid objects or adding colorant in a mold, freezing and hanging or setting them around to display.
This crazy balloon sculpture is simple to make and uses balloons filled with a little sand to form the shapes.
Totally fun for kids’ parties or just to celebrate the cold weather, this project is almost as fun to make as it is to display.
These ideas are economical and fun to make for kids and adults alike, and add a little element of surprise without a ton of effort.
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