Wednesday, February 1, 2012


Winterberry details

Happy February 1st. I'm on the 14 day countdown to Valentine's Day. Are you? It's been such fun to share this ice series with you. I now want to share a Valentine's Day Special, too. I would love to hear how you use this one: let's bring Valentine's Day outdoors! Living in Sweden, where Valentine's celebrations are simple in comparison to those, in the US, I am influenced by the Swedish low key, natural approach to design and sensitivity to nature. These met my vision of what I wanted for this holiday.

Something simple and something natural: we used things we find in our yard, at home, or for this one: re-cycling the winterberry branches we had left from the holidays.
This is something that strikes me about many Swedish crafts: the ingredients often come from nature or are built/designed with function and simplicity in mind. Maybe due to this influence, I can't imagine anything but items provided by Mother Nature! And, doesn't this work, well?! This Valentine's Day Ice Art project requires a little more concentration and time in the early stages, than the first Ice Art project; but, it's worth it. Wouldn't these look great, greeting you by your front door? These are even pretty propped up in a snow bank, for an ice sculpture.


1) Gather Supplies: Tin pie pan, red berries such as winter berries, chiffon ribbon.

2) Set the ribbon in the pan, making sure that the ribbon goes through the entire length of the pan; fill pan with a very thin layer of ice. I found that if I set the pan and ribbon in the freezer first, then poured a small amount of water directly into the pan, which is already in the freezer, that this worked the best. 3) Once this first thin layer of ice has frozen, make a pattern out of the berries on this thin layer. Now, very, very carefully, pour a small amount of water over these berries -- moving any floaters back into their heart formation. This thin layer of water will cement the berries into their pattern. It is important to keep the water as low, as possible, so that the berries don't float away; yet, have enough water for the berries to have something to cement themselves on to. Freeze. 4) Once the patterned layer has frozen, carefully cover the pattern with water. I cover mine with about 1 1/2 inches of water. Freeze. 5) Once your art has frozen, find a suitable place to hang this beauty and enjoy! Happy Valentine's Day Wishes!


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  1. Beautiful! And, I love how you illustrate your 'How-to'!

    1. Thank you! It is so nice to get reader re-actions! And does anyone celebrate Valentine's Day in India?

  2. Me too. The illustrations are beautiful and easy to follow. "Melt my heart" is a classic for Valentin. Valentin is not a big deal in Denmark (and my readers do not like it at all). Is it big in Sweden?

  3. Thank you. In Sweden, it sounds like it is celebrated a little more than in Denmark but, I feel that it isn't a heartfelt tradition. One does see it, though. Interesting to see if any Swedish readers respond. Since I'm American, it's been important for me to share my culture with our children. In the US, it's a classroom celebration where each child gives a Valentine to everyone in their class -- expressing friendship, not romantic love; classroom Valentine parties are tradition. Of course... for adults: it is a day for red roses and nice dinners.

  4. Quite lovely! We are having a VERY warm winter here in the US (Midwest) and we cannot hang these outside our window.

  5. Visiting your site from Design Mom. My kids actually made two of these withwinter berries a few weeks ago. Amanda at soulemama wrote a how-to in her new book. We hung them In our back yard and they arebeautiful. I had to set them on the countertop inside for about 30 minutes To thaw a bit around the edges because I used glass pie plates but that worked fine in getting them out.

  6. I'm visiting from Design Mom too...what a wonderful project and so beautiful. Currently we live in Southern California, so no this year, but next year we will be back in CT and I can't wait to make it then. Your photos and step by step instructions are wonderful!

  7. You're making my day! I love Design Mom and am so happy to welcome you here!

  8. So sweet!:)
    Here's mine from Crafting Fun if anyone wants further inspiration.

  9. That is just so beautiful, from this East Coast transplant who's heart melts at the sight of ice. SO lovely.

  10. Stopped by from Design Mom. I fell in love with your ice wreath so created one of my own! (I like yours much better though) Thanks for the inspiration, and happy Valentine's Day!


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