Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Our frozen sun catcher
We had terribly cold temps last week - below zero at nighttime and only up to 12 degrees during the day! So I thought it was a good idea for us to make a frozen sun catcher.
I don't have photos of the whole process but it's pretty darn easy. Fill a container up with water and then place your sun catcher items inside. You actually don't have to fill up the whole container, just enough to mostly cover your items. And I find that using a plastic container makes it easier to pop out the whole thing at once. I hate to waste food just for this so I totally searched through our compost bucket (gross, I know, but it was all still fresh scraps). We had on hand some squishy grapes and blueberries, red onion bits, some orange rinds and a lemon slice and a slurpy cucumber circle. I did sprinkle some chopped cilantro I had on top to make it more festive. :-)Then a put the ends of a yarn remnant into the water and let the rest hang off the edge. I carefully put it all in the freezer on a flat surface and we waited until it was frozen solid. Then we just hung it up outside during our freezing temps.
We hung it up on Wednesday and it melted a bit on Thursday and left cool icicles trailing from it.
I think it totally disappeared when we warmed up completely on Saturday. I used yarn to hang it and I retrieved the yarn but you could also use some jute or something else biodegradable. Between Jack and the birds, the rest of the "food" was gone by Sunday. I think this would be so awesome to make up several of these and set them up along a local snowshoe path or some place they would stay frozen for a while and surprise people. Wouldn't that be cool? I will have to save that idea as we get further into Winter.
P.S. this is one of our family advent activities. And it was easy peasy!