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ice marbles – adding color to your curb

Spring is getting close, but there is still a great deal of snow around the neighborhood.  For those of you that aren’t quite as close to spring as others, we found a fun way to make spring feel even closer.

Before you get out the gardening tools and start planting, you can add some color to yard in a totally different way.

Adding a bit of fun color to your walkway is easy and translates into a great project for the kids. Colored Ice Marbles made with balloons will be a happy addition to your curb.

Ice Marbles – How to

  • Gather as many round balloons as you plan on making marbles.
  • Carefully add a few squirts of food coloring to the balloon.
  • Stretch your balloon over a narrow faucet and carefully fill with water. You can go quite large, but remember to leave enough room so you can safely knot your balloon without the colored water splashing all over your hands and sink.
  • Carefully place your filled balloons in a bucket and transport them outside.  Let them freeze completely and remove the balloons.

Tataaa! Beautiful colored marbles—each with a slightly different pattern and color. Don’t be surprised if people stop and comment on your new addition to your front walkway.

A few pointers:

The marbles won’t be perfectly round since water settles a bit before freezing and you’ll have an indentation from the air bubble.

If you place them in snow it will take a couple of days to completely freeze – snow is an insulator and you’ll be surprised how long it can take – make sure to rotate the balloons every so often to speed up the freezing.

When you pop and remove the balloons your hands will get some food coloring on them since the residue between the balloon and the frozen marble will rub off.

This is a great project to explain freezing to your children, as well as snow insulation and topics such as igloos and ice hotels, air bubbles caught in ice, etc.

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  • Joanne13

    These are so pretty. Imagining how gorgeous they’d be grouped together at night with back lighting!

    • compton_t

      Great idea!