Arts & Crafts

Ice Vase

Ice Vase
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Environmentally friendly outdoor decoration, utilizing fine motor and observation skills.

300 minutes
24 - 60 months
Group size
1 - 3 tots


  • Leaves (Brightly colored leaves and greenery)
  • 1 Empty bottle (2 Litre Plastic Beverage Container)
  • 1 Empty bottle (1 Litre Plastic Beverage Container)
  • 1 c Pebbles (or Dried Beans)
  • Water (Cold)
  • Water (Hot)


  1. Take a nature walk to collect colorful leaves and greenery.
  2. Cut and remove the top from both beverage containers.
  3. Fill larger container with 1" water, and place in freezer to set.
  4. Fill smaller container with dried beans or pebbles for weight.
  5. Remove larger container from freezer and position smaller, weighted, container in center.
  6. Place colorful leaves and greenery in margin between two containers.
  7. Fill the larger container with water to within 1" of the top.
  8. Discuss with child how water takes up more volume when frozen.
  9. Freeze container for 4 hours, or until ice is solid.
  10. Remove container from freezer, and weighted material from smaller container.
  11. Pour hot water into smaller, inside container. Let sit 2 minutes.
  12. Dump water, wiggle to loosen, and remove smaller container.
  13. Place large container in hot water, long enough to loosen.
  14. Remove outer container.
  15. Fill the vase and place outside to enjoy.
Pre-freeze 1" water in 2 Liter container to expedite craft.
Older children may experiment with different containers. Waxed-cardboard milk and juice boxes work well.
Safety Tip
Have an adult cut and remove the tops from the plastic bottles.

Original Source

Linda O

Developmental skills