Wonderful Wintertime Frozen Sun Catcher Ornaments


Do you need extra motivation to get outside when the temperature drops below freezing?  Perhaps this craft will be just the thing to get you and your kids outside.  These frozen sun catchers can be made with a variety of items, are interesting to look at, and sparkle beautifully in the sun.  Plus, they were super easy to make; winter did most of the work for us!

How to Make Outdoor Frozen Sun Catchers

You’ll find instructional photos and a video below.  This craft is very simple and straight forward.

The process of making frozen sun catchers: a small girl placing twigs and berries, using a drill to put a hole in the frozen ornament, two finished ice ornaments hanging in a tree

Here’s what you’ll need:


Have your little ones hunt out some interesting treasures.  Maybe you’ve already collected some treasure on another walk that you could use today.  You may suggest leaves, berries, grasses, pine needles, twigs, seeds, and such.

These treasures all get put into the bottom of your vessel.  Pour water over everything and freeze.  Once the disk is frozen, use your drill to make a hanging hole (not too close to the edge) and hang in a spot where you can enjoy them shining in the sun.

A few notes:

The first time I made these I tried to freeze the hanging string into the disks, it can work, but I found the string melted out quickly.  I have also seen others wrap a ribbon around the outside of the disk, but I haven’t tried this myself.

Also, if you actually hang them in the shade they’ll last longer, but then they won’t actually be sun catchers!


You can make ice ornaments that the birds can enjoy too.  By adding fruit, berries, and nuts, birds will have treats to snack on as the ornaments melt in the sun.

I tend to only put natural items in the ornaments because when they melt, everything will fall to the ground and I don’t want small pieces of plastic littering the ground.  Although, that being said, I had a hard time not wanting to add some glitter!

Here’s a photo from Twig and Toadstool  who did a variation of this frozen sun catcher craft.  I really like how they are each a different color.  Check out their page to learn how their ice sun catchers were made.

An easy winter craft are frozen ice sun catchers
Rainbow Frozen Sun Catchers from Twig and Toadstool


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two ice ornaments hanging from a tree

frozen sun catchers hanging from a tree


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Frozen ice disks filled with twigs, berries, and leaves hanging from a tree



    1. Hi Rumana, Thanks for your comment. I agree, they really are lovely… although, I don’t know how sad I’d be if I lived somewhere a tad bit warmer;)

    1. Hi Julie, Yes, my little really enjoyed making them. You can see her little helping hands in the video. But, you’re right, kids and adults love these!
      … I think the kids like making them and I like admiring them all finished hanging in the trees!

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