Outdoor decoration: 5 icy creations to dress up your garden this winter

Magical and transparent, these fragile ice decorations lend themselves to all our fantasies. Crown, photophore, suspension, or candle holder, their whiteness is enhanced by red berries, hellebores, star anise, according to your desires.

Take advantage of the cold to create an ephemeral decoration all in poetry. Crowns and photophores inspired by frost and snow, are displayed in the garden which is ready to celebrate winter.

Flower medallions with serrated edges

The material to make the medallions

  • Hellebores
  • Tart mold
  • Red berries
  • Vichy printed ribbon
  • A small plate

Realization of medallions

Plate a hellebore flower at the bottom of a tart pan, add a few berries.

Place a piece of vichy tape folded in half at the edge of the mold, leaving about 1 cm of tape in the mold.

Fill with water. Place a small plate on the mold to prevent the elements from floating.

Let it freeze in the freezer for at least 4 hours and then unmold.

The frosted candle holder

The material to make the candle holder

Star-shaped candle mold

Glass spice bottle, empty

Brightly colored flowers

Realization of the candle holder

Place a cylinder (spice bottle or candle) in the center of a star-shaped candle mold

Arrange the flowers in the mold around the cylinder, then fill with water.

Place in the freezer for at least 4 hours. To unmold easily, let the ice warm up by placing the mold on a radiator for example.

Don’t force: you might break the ice!

The frozen star suspension

The material to make the star suspension

  • Badiane (star anise)
  • Rosehip berries
  • Flat-bottomed cake pan
  • Modeling clay
  • A cord

Realization of the star suspension

Arrange badian stars (star anise) and rosehip berries in a flat-bottomed cake pan. Stick a ball of playdough about 4 cm from the edge of the mold.

Cover with 2 to 3 cm of tap water without covering the playdough and let it freeze in the freezer for at least 4 hours. After demolding, remove the dough ball. Pass a cord through the hole she left to hang the suspension.

The ice photophore

The equipment to make the photophore

  • Round mold about 10 cm in diameter (large glass, mug, candle mold)
  • 3 nails of 1.5 cm
  • Hellebores
  • Candle heater

Realization of the photophore

Place 3 nails of 1.5 cm, point upwards, at the bottom of a mold about 10 cm in diameter (large glass, mug, candle mold). Pour 1 cm of water and let it freeze in the freezer for an hour. The nails must protrude from the surface of the water.

Prick hellebores on the nails. Position a cylinder at least 4 cm in diameter in the center of the mold (e.g. spice bottle).

Fill the mold with boiled water and place it in the freezer for at least 4 hours.

To unmold without forcing, let the ice melt a little by placing the mold on a radiator for example before removing the central cylinder and removing the ice from the mold.

Place a dish warmer candle in the center.

The heart-shaped crown

The material to make the crown

  • Holly branches
  • Heart-shaped cake pan
  • Rope

Realization of the crown in the shape of a heart

Cut and twist a piece of wire to the dimensions of a heart-shaped cake pan. Wrap holly branches around the wire and hang a rope from the top of the heart. Place the heart of holly in the mold.

Cover with water and let it take at least 4 hours in the freezer before unmolding.

The trick in addition: For a frosty effect, use tap water. To obtain a perfectly transparent creation, boil the water before freezing it!

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