A couple of years ago, I saw a post describing how someone filled balloons with colored water and left them outside to freeze. The results were beautiful globes of colored ice. I had planned to give it a try, but then promptly forgot all about it until this past week. Since it was school vacation, we went to visit my parents for a couple of days. One of my daughter’s favorite pastimes at her grandparents’ house is using the water balloon maker. Of course, she wanted to make water balloons even though it was about 20″ outside. Then, it came to me - ice balloons! My mother and daughter filled up a dozen small balloons with colored water. Once they were filled, they put them outside in the snow overnight to freeze. The next morning, we ‘harvested’ our balloons.
Most of balloon skins had cracked during the freezing process, so it was really easy to remove the rubber. What remained were lovely, colored balls of ice that resembled blown glass paperweights. After I took a few pics, the kids had fun smashing them into colored bits on the driveway. Ephemeral beauty!