Easy-to-Make Ice Ornaments

Add extra sparkle to an outdoor tree with this kid-friendly craft.

Michelle Lepak, blogger at dandelionpatina.com, shares how to make ornaments from ice.Michelle Lepak
Michelle Lepak Michelle Lepak, blogger at dandelionpatina.com, shares how to make ornaments from ice.


  • coated cookie cutters
  • flexible plastic container
  • thread
  • hammer
  • weighted object
  • scissors
  • clothespins
  • glitter (optional)

Step-By-Step Instructions:

Step 1

Place cookie cutters flat in container. Cut lengths of thread; loop one around each cookie cutter. Affix both ends of each thread to edge of pan with a clothespin.

Step 2

Partially fill container with water, being careful to not cover cutters completely. If you like, sprinkle glitter inside cutters.

Step 3

Set outside (if cold enough) or in freezer. Place weight on top of cutters.

Step 4

Once frozen, pop out ice shapes from the cutters. If necessary, gently tap with hammer to remove extra ice. Tie thread ends together.

Kirsten Schrader
Kirsten has more than 15 years of experience writing and editing birding and gardening content. As content director of Birds & Blooms, she leads the team of editors and freelance writers sharing tried-and-true advice for nature enthusiasts who love to garden and feed birds in their backyards. Since joining Birds & Blooms 17 years ago, Kirsten has held roles in digital and print, editing direct-to-consumer books, running as many as five magazines at a time, and managing special interest publications. Kirsten has traveled to see amazing North American birds and attended various festivals, including the Sedona Hummingbird Festival, the Rio Grande Bird Festival, The Biggest Week in American Birding Festival, and the Cape May Spring Festival. She has also witnessed the epic sandhill crane migration while on a photography workshop trip to Colorado. Kirsten has participated in several GardenComm and Outdoor Writers Association of America annual conferences and is a member of the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology. When she's not researching, writing, and editing all things birding and gardening, Kirsten is enjoying the outdoors with her nature-loving family. She and her husband are slowly chipping away at making their small acreage the backyard of their dreams.