Ice Balloon Sculptures

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Ice Balloon Sculptures
Beautiful ice bowl.
Beautiful ice bowl.

If you are looking for some cold weather fun, you can try this fun activity. Last night my kids filled a bunch of balloons with water and left them in the front yard to freeze overnight.

Fill your balloons and leave them out to freeze.
Fill your balloons and leave them out to freeze.

It’s not cold enough yet for them to freeze all the way through, but we got some really interesting bowls and domes.

As it gets colder, the balloons will probably freeze all the way through overnight. So you may have to catch the weather just right to get these beauties.

22 thoughts on “Ice Balloon Sculptures

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  2. trkemp says:

    I’ll bet if you froze the balloons in a water filled trashcan with some salt or sugar in it your ice balls would be rounder.

    1. Andrew Terranova says:

      Could be. Though plunging your hands into freezing temperature water to retrieve them doesn’t sound like fun!
      Actually, I quite like the odd shapes they came out in.

  3. 얼음 풍선 조각 | Make: Korea says:
  4. Scott Tuttle says:

    also if you use hot water wouldnt that make the ice clearer?

    1. Andrew Terranova says:

      I’m not sure starting with hot water would make them any clearer. I know if you have tiny abrasions on the surface, applying some heat will re-melt the ice and clear them up.

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  6. SuperTango says:

    This is fun. If you put little plastic dinosaurs (or similar) in the balloons first, you can make dino ice eggs. Had fun doing this with my kid. :)

    1. Andrew Terranova says:

      What an awesome idea. I love it!

  7. Lorrie Jagiello says:

    They are beautiful and remind me of jelly fish. i’ll let my kids add watercolors or food coloring to the water then take pictures.

    1. Andrew Terranova says:

      I think my kids added food coloring to a couple of theirs, but maybe they didn’t add enough. Good luck, I hope your kids have a blast.

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Andrew Terranova is an electrical engineer, writer and author of How Things Are Made: From Automobiles to Zippers. Andrew is also an electronics and robotics enthusiast and has created and curated robotics exhibits for the Children's Museum of Somerset County, NJ and taught robotics classes for the Kaleidoscope Enrichment in Blairstown, NJ and for a public primary school. Andrew is always looking for ways to engage makers and educators.

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