Rainbow Igloo Rocks

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Rainbow Igloo Rocks

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When New Zealander Daniel Gray and his girlfriend Kathleen Starrie decided to visit her family in Edmonton, Canada, for five weeks, Starrie’s mother Brigid Burton thought it best to come up with a hefty project to keep Gray occupied (and test his resolve): she tasked him with making a rainbow igloo in the backyard. Burton had collected a slew of milk cartons and used them, water, and food coloring to make colored ice blocks. Gray put his engineering prowess to work, drew up some plans, and started building, using “snowcrete” (snow mixed with water) to bind the bricks. Five weeks, 500 ice blocks, and about 150 hours of work later, the rainbow igloo was complete. For more, watch the story video and check out their full image set.

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13 thoughts on “Rainbow Igloo Rocks

  1. MisterHay says:

    Because, of course, we all live in igloos up here :)

  2. jhalladay13 says:

    Wonderfully done! My Husband is an Eskimo, more recently known as Inuit, from Arctic Bay , Nunavut. We have built a couple of igloos here in the Ottawa area, with the heavy, dense snow. I want one of these now! Thanks for sharing!

  3. NonnyMus says:

    It’s amazing how the media takes an obvious group effort and writes it up as if it was the heroic work on one man. I guess women can’t be given credit for designing and making anything!

    I really look forward to the day when a mainstream media story like this goes something like, “a group of men and women worked together and built something neat!”. I won’t hold my breath, but I look forward to it.

    1. Goli Mohammadi says:

      I’m confused by your comment, Nonnymus, since I clearly stated that the entire project was the idea of Brigid Burton, a woman.

  4. Ric Kolseth says:

    And Mrs Burton said, “You’ll do, Danny, you’ll do.”

    1. Charity Plaster (@charityloves31) says:


  5. Charity Plaster (@charityloves31) says:

    Great idea, excellent execution!

  6. Daniel and the Amazing Technicolor Igloo: A DIY Guide says:

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  7. MrsGivens says:

    I’m curious–Did Mrs. Burton give him that jacket, too?

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  10. Let’s Build Some Snow Forts! – GeekDad.tips says:

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  11. Donna Perkins says:

    I wish my brother and I had thought of that in Wintertime in Michigan. We had plenty of milk cartons because we froze cleaned fish in them from ice fishing on lake Erie (perch and smelts).

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