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Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Giant Ice Marbles: Not a total disaster!

Back in the Summer, I pinned a pin. It was a great pin. It was an exciting pin. It was a pin of a project that I just had to try out with Kennedy. Back a couple of weeks ago, when we actually still had snow, the time was finally right for....



Giant Ice Marbles!

So, funny story. I always think I'm so smart, but it turns out I'm like, really really not.

This is the original picture I found on Pinterest, courtesy of the brilliant and talented We Lived Happily Ever After blog.



So pretty, right? The plan was that after all the Christmas decorations were down, we would place a bunch of these throughout the yard for some fun Winter color.

The instructions seemed easy enough: Put colored water in some balloons, leave them outside to freeze, and voila!

So away we went, mixing up our colored water. The time came to pour the water into the balloons and they just wouldn't stretch out and fill up. Oh right. When you make water balloons, you need the pressure of the water coming right out of the tap to make them grow. But wait. My taps don't have colored water coming out of them. How in the world did they do this???

So we made some clear ice marbles and I thought we'd just paint them afterwards and it would be fine. One thing was for sure: I was doing a post on this! I was going to explain how there was no way to actually make this project work! The fraud was exposed!

Hehe.

So...

Later that night I was explaining all this to Chris after he got home from work. In front of his parents. I had an audience for this. And I was explaining how colored water doesn't come out of taps and how it was impossible. And his dad and him just kind of looked at each other and laughed. And he kindly explained to me that I could just put a few drops of food coloring into the balloons first.

Oh.

Right.

Oops.

So we did.


By the time we got this all figured out and the balloons outside and mostly frozen, the weather was starting to heat up. The only semi-cold temperatures probably had something to do with why our balloon marbles look so frosty and not all clear and shiny.


Well, they're still kind of pretty, so it wasn't a total failure.

And one year, if we still have snow at Easter, I know just what to do!





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14 comments:

Broke Ass Home said...

So do you leave them in the balloon, or like peel the balloon off after it's frozen?

Courtenay@Creek Line House said...

Oh man! Good question. Silly me. Yes, you peel the balloon off afterwards and reveal your theoretically beautifully colored ice ball!

April S. said...

Haha - I still think they are fun! And here in Michigan there is the distinct possibility of snow at Easter!

imklvr said...

Kee-ute!!!! They look so fun! Wish I lived where it snowed. For a minute. Just so I could make these.

Pamela Gordon said...

What a fun project to do! Did you use white balloons? I'd like to do this when we visit our grandchildren. The 2 year old would love it. ;)

Pamela Gordon said...

I just realized that was a dumb question as you take the balloons off right?? LOL

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

They are so cute! I think like a guy too often. As you were explaining your dilemma I immediately thought of Chris' solution. Luckily I have lots of female thinking too though, 'cause I thought they looked like pretty Easter colours.

Kelly said...

As I was reading this I was thinking to myself that they look like giant Easter eggs, and then you totally said it at the end. Now you just need a really big bunny (or a chick I guess would be more appropriate). Break the rules...have Easter in February.

Rita said...

Those are really cute! I think I need to give it a try! Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

I loved yours, actually liked them better than the pinned ones. I don't usually get much snow, but this would be loads of fun if we did get some this year, would be cool to have a way to tie them to tree branches. Just remember one thing, even if something doesn't turn out exactly right, it was the fun and joy of "giving it a shot" that ultimately makes it worthwhile! Keep your fun going

April S. said...

I ended up doing this at our cabin with the kids - here's how our's turned out - thanks for the idea! :) http://aprilscountrylife.blogspot.com/2013/02/pinterest-project-ice-marbles.html

Interior Glass Doors said...

That's very creative of yours, I wonder if you fill up colored balloons with water.

Jenny Piirto said...

Nice try! I did see another pinterest tip thing that said if you use hot water to make ice cubes they will come out crystal clear, and that cold water makes foggy ice. Maybe a few drops in the balloon followed by hot water next time will do the trick.

Jenny Romaine said...

They look pretty! We have frigid temps so maybe I'll try it too!