So firstly, if you aren’t a member of the Woodland’s Trust, in particular the Nature Detectives Membership for your kids. Not an ad in the slightest, but it is £1.50 a month and every month your kids get a little pack sent out. A total bargain and great for getting yourself and the Little Feet out with a task in mind. Anyway, one of the emails I received this month had some festive ideas and one of them was creating icy decorations for your gardens. Well I got so excited about this idea. It is so simple and really easy to do. In their idea they used things like red berries and fern branches to decorate the decorations. In our version we have made it bird friendly and have filled them up with a seed mixture. The options are pretty endless.
A while age I saw these silicone ice cube trays that were completely spherical. My imagination ran away with me when I considered the sheer amount of craft options that I could do with them. As with many things I buy, I always know if something will be useful at some point, even if I don’t know exactly what and when. Well as it it happened they were for this (as a start anyway!). Obviously it is not a requirement you this shape, any ice cube tray will do, even a plastic one. I just prefer a silicone one as it beats having to bang the ice cube tray on the side counter to get them out.
What you will need:
Ice tray (Silicone probably easier)
Tree to hang them on
Spoon in your seeds into your silicone mould.
Fill up with cooled boiled water. This helps the water freeze transparent as opposed to misty.
Cut bits of string, long enough so that there is enough room to hang off a branch.
Put both ends of each of your cut string into each section of the ice tray.
Carefully place you ice tray into the freezer and leave to freeze.
When frozen take them out of the trays and go outside and hang them up.
Watch for birds or squirrels to see who has a nibble!