Make the most of the freezing temperatures by crafting this ice wreath in just three quick steps.
- Apple slices
- Evergreen needles
- Star anise
- Bundt or tube pan ($13, )
- Thick ribbon ($10, )
1. Choose Your Materials: Forage in your kitchen and yard for natural decorations, including cranberries, apple slices, evergreen needles, and star anise. Avoid items that might be unhealthy for birds or animals to eat, such as foods containing artificial sugars or dyes.
2. Work in Layers: First, freeze an inch of water in a Bundt or tube pan. Scatter the ingredients on top of the ice, fill with another inch or so of water, and return to the freezer. After a few hours, add another inch of water to freeze. Repeat once more for a longer-lasting wreath.
3. Put on Display: Once your last layer is solid, briefly run the mold under warm water to loosen the sculpture. Loop strong ribbon or twine through the center of the wreath and hang it on a sturdy branch or hook outside. As the ice melts, birds will feast on the exposed decorations.