Cookie Cutter Ice Ornaments

We love Christmas time at our house. This year my daughter has been playing with ice cubes a lot for sensory play. So, I decided to join ice and holiday ornaments together in this wintery craft.

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    We began by filling an old cookie sheet with some water. We didn't fill it to the top but just about half-way up the sides.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    Next, my daughter laid out the cookie cutters she found in some fun seasonal shapes.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    She said the tree should have berries on it, so we used craisins and she just plopped some inside the cookie cutter.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Step 4

    Next, she wanted the other ornaments to have color so she added in some drops of red and green food coloring. We were careful not to shake the cookie sheet too much and spread the color everywhere!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

  • Step 5

    Lastly, I cut some strings of yarn and my daughter laid the yarn inside each ornament. I made sure the yarn hung off the edge of the cookie sheet so that they would have something to hang from.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 5

  • Step 6

    After all the yarn was placed inside each ornament, I carefully carried the tray to the freezer and laid it flat inside to harden and freeze up. If it is cold where you live, you can take your cookie sheet outside!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 6

  • Step 7

    After they freeze, take the cookie sheet out and let it sit for a few minutes to warm up. Then, gently twist the sheet as if you were trying to loosen ice cubes out of an ice cube tray. Once the ornaments break free, run the cookie cutter under warm water for a second or two, then gently push out the ice ornament.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 7

  • Done!

    My daughter loved holding them up to the light of the sun to see how pretty they all looked!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 8

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