Fun Home: Ice Sculptures

how to make Ice Sculputres with balloon

I constantly look for ways to bring a bit of happiness and fun in the home, to keep things fresh and bright.  I’m especially inspired by the seasons and culture, so, for example, hanging leaves in autumn, using flowers in spring and pine cones at Christmastime.

It’s warming up here in Brisbane, and we are, once again, pulling out the ice trays for drinks. I recently set up an ice activity for the children and while I was at it, I decided to make ice sculptures.  The ice sculptures are easy — EASY — and they really do look fabulous. My kids were enthralled!  I do believe, it’s these little things, they will remember, and even if they don’t specifically remember, perhaps they will serve as memory anchors that bring a sense of belonging, fun and joy.

Balloon Ice Sculptures

I prepared each ice sculpture differently, and if you want specific instructions on how to do each one, click on the respective image below.


All you really need is balloons and water.

Flower Ice Sculpture

flower ice sculpture

Candle Holder Ice Sculpture

candle ice sculpture

Coloured Ice Sculpture

coloured ice sculpture

How long do they last?

These are only small sculptures, and I thought it would be interesting to see how long they last on a warm Spring night.  They look fabulous for at least 2 hours, which is perfect for over dinner, and part of the fun is watching the ice melt back into water.

how fast to small ice sculputres melt


Use use filtered or twice boiled then cooled water and the ice will freeze clear.


  • Dinner party centrepiece
  • Romantic dinner
  • Bring a little interest into your day
  • Activity for older child
  • Science experiment
  • Christmas table decoration

More Fun Home Ideas

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Shell Shadow Box

Rock Footprints

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    Nicole Grant
    October 18, 2012 at 7:33 am

    I <3 these. Fun and beautiful. Clever!

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    October 18, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Love this idea. I like simple easy creative things to do with my kids and that look great. Thanks for sharing this:)

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