Ice Balls

A few years ago, when we were still living in the Pacific Northwest, I saw this cool idea somewhere.

Fill balloons with coloured water, freeze them, and place the resulting coloured orbs of ice along a snowy sidewalk. I thought it was such a neat idea and tucked it away in the back of my mind to do when we returned to Canada. This year, with all the kids coming for Christmas, I thought it would be neat to put the coloured ice balls out before they arrived.


In mid-December I bought some balloons, filled them up with water, coloured them red or green, and set them on my deck to freeze. Then I waited.

And waited.

The December temperature remained above freezing and the snow all melted. Some of the balloons sprung a leak and my deck took on a reddish tinge.


A couple of days before Christmas I brought the balloons inside and put them in the freezer thinking I could set them outside and they would survive for a short while anyway.

Christmas came and went, a good time was had by all, and I didn’t get a chance to put the ice balls outside.

Then it finally snowed again and we were plummeted into freezing temperatures.

So yes, I know it’s January, and I’ve just put frozen orbs of red and green ice balls in my yard. That’s just how we roll in the unpredictable Canadian winter.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I'm here early most mornings with one of my photos and a few words about life and those thin places where faith intersects.
  1. That is such a cool idea!

    1. Literally!

  2. What a delightful idea.

    1. It is a fun idea that I hope to be able to do in time for Christmas next year. I think the grandkids would get a kick out of it–which is why I wanted to do it this year! Ah well…we’re enjoying it now…well we were before the snowpocolypse came and buried them …

  3. What fun, Linda!

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