Rainbow Ice Garlands

Dec 18, 2015

With a gorgeous winter wonderland all around, we thought it might be fun to bring some colourful beauty to the scene.

Here is a simple and stunning way to encourage outdoor fun, learn about colour mixing and do a little science lesson at the same time!

You Will Need:

  • ice cube tray
  • water
  • food colouring
  • string
  • scissors

An ice cube tray, 4 bottles of food colouring and a ball of red yarn.


1. Take your food colouring and drop colour into each cube area to create a rainbow within the tray. Mix colours together to get a range of tones—this is a really fun way for kids to see how colours combine to create new colours.

2. Slowly pour water into each cube area until it almost reaches the top of the tray.

3. Measure your string to be double the length of the tray and cut it.

Leave length on each end of the string, then place the string along the ice cube tray and push it to the bottom of each cube area.

An ice cube tray filled with colourful water.

4. Carefully transport the ice cube tray outdoors to freeze. This is a great opportunity to talk about the different states of matter and how water behaves at different temperatures. 

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5. Wait an afternoon or overnight, until the water is completely frozen, then gently pop out the icecubes.

Frozen ice cubes in different colours.

There you have it. Your very own rainbow to hang in the trees!

As the ice melts, you can watch the colourful splashes appear on the snow and perhaps even incorporate them into a snowman!


A finished rainbow ice garland.

Article Author Shanti Nordholt-McPhee
Shanti Nordholt-McPhee

Shanti Nordholt-McPhee is one half of the blog Twig and Toadstool. The blog is primarily a natural based craft blog that she created with the help of her friend Maureen. They create beautiful crafts made out of natural and beautiful materials, things that are inspired by Mother Nature, embellished with glitter, whimsy and imagination! Shanti is a mother of two beautiful girls, ages eight and eleven, and she feels fortunate enough to live in a part of Eastern Ontario where she is surrounded by the beauty of the natural world and part of a community of parents who encourage creativity and JOY!

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