Friday, June 27, 2008

cool jewels

My son had a fantastic idea for keeping cool on hot and muggy days...ICE NECKLACES! His little sister was ready instantly..."Can we make them now?" she begged. We filled an IKEA ice tray (you can find the trays here, also) with flower petals and herbs and gently covered it with water.

(Note: I recommend using all edible flowers and plants, so that you can say "yes" to any inevitable licking from younger children.)


Next we lay 30 inch lengths of string along three soon-to-be ice cubes...pushing the string in deeply and gently.

The hardest part was waiting for them to freeze ...overnight. When we pulled them out of their tray, they were even prettier than we had expected and sooo refreshing to wear.



Choose to wear them against bare skin...with lots of squealing, or over your shirt for a cool, steady soak.
On a hot day, they melt quickly...we loved watching the flowers emerge. These were so fun and easy, we'll definitely be be making ice necklaces again...they'd make great summer party favors or just a little surprise to bring out when a friend comes to play.



Note: Tuesday morn: Thanks Crafty Crow for sharing this with everyone! Pin It

16 comments:

  1. great idea! I may try this with my set of older beans...at worst they'll just start hucking them at each other...

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  2. What a lovely idea and so pretty. Will definately try these, if we get a Summer here in Ireland.Raining,raining at the moment!

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  3. I love this idea! We have a set of Lego ice cube trays that would be just perfect to try. Please thank your son for sharing a very creative way to cool off!

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  5. That is so smart! My daughter loves hunting for treasures in a bucket of ice, she'll love the necklace!

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  6. So neat! Ice and flowers make a beautiful necklace!!

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  7. This is brilliant! This would also be a great "cooking" project for my 20 month old. My mind is spinning already - a little blueberry in each container and maybe some lemonade instead of water . . .

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  8. Wonderful idea! B would love one.

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  9. How fun! We are going to have to try that. I need to pick up some ice trays for little popsicles anyway. :D

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  10. Love this! Parenting magazine had a similar idea this month, but they said to put straws in the middle (to make holes like in beads) We have tried and tried and we can't get straws to wedge into our ice cube molds to save our lives! I'll try it this way, my little girl wants to do it right away!

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  11. what a smart idea! and so pretty.

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  12. Great idea! Thanks for sharing.

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  13. Ooh! So lovely. We just did our first batch with the IKEA puzzle pieces ice try and mint leaves. Can't wait to see them. Would make great party favours for kids/adults party.

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  14. I made a "beach-version" of those while we were on vacation (http://pm-betweenthelines.blogspot.com/2009/08/were-back.html). It was on a really hot day and I just remembered this post... The girls loved it!

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  15. loooove this, what a great idea!

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  16. I have NEVER seen an idea this cool and creative!!

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