Yule Sun Ice Catchers

Yule Sun Ice Catchers - Celebrate the Winter Solstice by making beautiful Yule Sun Ice Catchers, alone or with your kids, easy to make with ingredients you already have & fun!

 

It is almost time to celebrate the shortest day of the year, soon after the days start to get longer and we will see the sun more and more each day.  For this reason we celebrate the sun at the Winter Solstice, also known as Yule.  In our house I am always looking for ways to get the kids involved and excited in our celebrations too.  This year we are trying out these Yule Sun Ice Catchers after seeing some fun pictures on Pinterest.  What better way to celebrate the return of the sun than to make some Yule Sun Ice Catchers to catch the suns rays and make some pretty designs in the snow??

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I have a toddler and a preschooler, so my crafts have to be easy for both of them to do, but slightly challenging for my preschooler so she won’t get bored. My son likes to be right in there though so I have to be creative and adapt the Yule Sun Ice Catchers craft for each of them.

Yule Sun Ice Catchers - Celebrate the Winter Solstice by making beautiful Yule Sun Ice Catchers, alone or with your kids, easy to make with ingredients you already have & fun!

Supplies Needed:

    • Water
    • Food Colouring
    • Circular Tupperware containers
    • Smaller containers filled with coins or nails to weigh them down.
    • Fun shaped ice cube containers if you have, or regular if you don’t
    • Thick ribbon

 

Directions

  • Before you get the kids excited and involved (depending on the age), find some circular empty Tupperware containers.  Stick the weighted down little containers inside it a few inches from the edge (you will thread the ribbon for the Yule Sun Ice Catchers through here). I used some empty play dough mini containers, or ones for making baby food.
  • Fill with water a few inches (as thick as you want it to be) and stick in the freezer for an hour to an hour and a half to start to set.
  • Grab some ice cube trays, fill with water, and either alone or with a child helper, put a few drops of food colouring in each one and freeze for an hour too.
  • Once set for an hour, get the kids out, let them use a spoon to poke the ice a little and break it.  There are a few different patterns you can try:

    1 – drop a few coloured ice cubes inside the ice water
    2 – let the kids use food colouring and drop a few drops in to the ice or freezing water
    3 – or do both!

  • Refreeze overnight until completely frozen.
  • Let sit in hot water until it can come out of the container.  If the weighted down circle isn’t coming out put hot water in that until it slides out.   Keep an eye on it as it will melt quickly.
  • Take out the weighted down circle and thread a ribbon through.
  • Hang the Yule Sun Ice Catchers outside and enjoy how pretty it is!!!

 

 

Final Results

My daughter was much better at the food colouring drops than my son was, he just squeezed the whole bottle so he got a lot more guidance, my daughter could do it more on her own.  My son probably made most of them more coloured than anticipated as he kept poking and stirring, but I still like how it turned out!

 

 

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Do you celebrate Yule in your house?  How do you like to celebrate with your kids

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Yule Family Traditions

Yule is also know as the Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year, and/or the solstice night.  Yule is celebrated around December 21st, but it changes every year based on the moon cycles.

It signals the halfway mark when the nights start to get shorter and the days start to get longer (opposite the Summer Solstice when the nights get longer and days shorter).  Although, it may feel like far away we are actually making our rotation on the wheel of the year giving us longer days and shorter nights.

At Yule we celebrate the rebirth of the sun/return of the sun so we do a lot of sun related activities,  crafts and decorations to honor the sun’s return.

Apples and oranges were given as gifts by the children to represent the sun.  We still frequently make orange pomanders to decorate trees in reminiscence of this tradition.  They were frequently decorated in cloves to provide a nice scent.

Yule Family Traditions: Ways to celebrate the Winter Solstice as a family and with young kids.

Evergreen boughs were symbolic of immortality as evergreens were so resilient.  They were used for decorations.

With the sun comes light, so we light candles, have bonfires outside (or tamer fires indoors) or with little ones, crack a whole bunch of glow sticks.

IMG_6079Trees symbolize life so you can decorate a Yule tree – hang pentacles, tools, tarot cards, stones, herb sachets, spell ornaments, crafts made from nature, dried oranges and other citrus fruits to symbolise the sun.

Make Christmas ornaments from salt dough or cinnamon dough and decorate them, use cookie cutters to cut them out then paint to decorate them.  Collect pine cones and make into Christmas ornaments, tie a ribbon on top, use glue and decorate with glitter or else use cinnamon for a nice scent.

We like to sing some pagan versions of Christmas carols.  Here is a website to try out..

critter food

Bee and  I made Reindeer and critter food this morning, we put half out this morning as an offering and the other half will go out Christmas eve for the reindeer.  I used a wee container and oats, red sugar, cranberries and almonds, all edible for the little critter’s outside.

Bee loves to do yoga with me so we did some Sun salutations to welcome the sun.  We have had a massive amount of birthdays in the past week and a half so Bee suggested we sing Happy Birthday to the sun, which was a cute idea.

gingerbread houseI wrote a post yesterday about how we exchange home-made gifts on Yule, well one year my husband was a little desperate for ideas, so bought a Gingerbread house decorating kit.  I loved it!  What a fun thing to do together.  We had a great time decorating them together and it has become a tradition in our house to decorate gingerbread houses on Yule, but he knows that is not part of his present anymore!

There are tons of fun ways you can celebrate Yule, these are just a few of the ways my family does.




Please tell me in the comments below, do you celebrate Yule?  What ways does your family celebrate the Winter Equinox or the longest night.

Yule Family Traditions: Ways to celebrate the Winter Solstice as a family and with young kids.

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Melted Wax Heart Ornaments

This is such a fun ornament to make.  It’s a lot of fun coming up with different colour combinations and experimenting with them.  Plus, who doesn’t love melting wax!

Melted wax Heart Ornament - These adorable wax ornaments are really fun to make and let you explore your creative side!

During a girls crafting weekend in October a friend of mine brought these materials down for us to try this craft.  It was a hit!  Super fun to make, every one looked different, and we could all personalize with our favourite colours.

Melted wax heart Ornament - 1

Supplies

  • Glass Christmas ornaments (I used hearts)
  • Crayola wax crayons (this brand is said to melt the best)
  • A sharp knife, hair dryer, tea towel, oven mitt, and small container

Method

  • Choose 3-4 crayons per ornament.  Cut it up into little pieces about 1 mm or 2, using 6-10 pieces of crayon per ornament (depending on size).
  • Stick the crayon pieces in the ornament.
  • I put the ornament in a plastic yogurt container at the beginning and put the hair dryer on high, I covered the container with a tea towel to keep it from flying out.  It gets REALLY hot with the hair dryer so use the oven mitts and tea towel to handle the ornament, and more importantly protect your hands from the heat.  It seems like it takes forever, but once it starts to melt it goes a lot faster.
  • Once the crayon starts to melt I picked up the ornament and started turning it, heating the wax as I went with the hair dryer.  Make sure you get the whole ornament so there are no clear spots, it is super noticeable afterwards.

Here are some of my favourite colour combos to make:

Melted wax heart Ornament - Air

Air inspired ornament

Melted wax heart Ornament - Water

Water inspired ornament

Melted wax heart Ornament - fire

Fire inspired ornament

Melted wax heart Ornament - Earth

Earth inspired ornament

Melted wax heart Ornament - Elements

Elements inspired ornament

Melted wax heart Ornament - Christmas

Christmas inspired ornament

My hands were super sensitive to heat by then so make sure the adult does this part, or you have your older child wear oven mitts.  My toddler helped by inserting the crayon pieces, selecting the colours, and aiming the hair dryer at the start.  We both had a lot of fun making it.

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Melted wax Heart Ornament - These adorable wax ornaments are really fun to make and let you explore your creative side!
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