Ice Gardening--3 Outdoor Activities For Snowy Days

Monday, February 11, 2013

I'm slowly coming to terms with the fact that we are not likely to get any significant snow in Portland this year. There have been a couple pretty days when we had some snow fall but never enough at my house to make a snowman. These projects will have to wait until next year and I will admire my blooming crocuses now as consolation.


1. CREATE AN ICY ARTWORK
I think these little frozen capsules are so enchanting and what a great project for kids. Taking time to gather materials to encapsulate in these glassy frames is a great way to stop and look at the natural beauty of Winter. There is always something growing somewhere. It just takes a little more time and careful observation to find the beauty. 

 Ice Lanterns at Artful Adventures

2. MAKE ICE LANTERNS
Building off of the icy artwork idea, Artful Adventures shows us how to create an ice lantern using an ice cream tub. This can actually be made in the freezer any time of the year which has my mind racing with all sorts of ideas. How beautiful would some ice bowls with encapsulated violas be for a Summer tea? 

Snow Lantern at Viking Kids

3. MAKE A TRADITIONAL SWEDISH SNOWBALL LANTERN
I just love this Scandinavian tradition of stacking snowballs to make a cave for a lantern. They look so magical and I'd love to see a series of these scattered across the landscape.


What are your favorite Wintertime outdoor activities and how do you get enjoyment out of your garden in the Winter? I'd love to hear about it in the comments! 




8 comments:

  1. These are beautiful! I love the idea of using an ice lantern for a summer tea. Best not wear your garden tea best attie though as in the summer in P town, there's going to be some rapid melting:)

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  2. I love it! They are gorgeous!

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  3. Your ice lanterns are lovely , I love doing that too, and making ice bowls for serving cold foods in. Love your blog, just found it, I 'll be back...

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and for your kind words Mary!

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  4. What beautiful and fun ideas! Have never seen a Swedish Snowball lantern; a must for next winter's snow!

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    1. Deloris you certainly have the snow for it!

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