Frozen Inspired Ice Castle Ornament Tutorial
So Christmas is literally less than a week away but you may find yourself scrambling for things to make with the kids to keep 'em busy. Prep some popsicle sticks, paint and glitter and let 'em make their own ice castle ornaments. I dig the winter neutral ornaments/crafts because you can keep them around well after the holidays. In my classroom I keep snowflakes and wintery decorations up through February sometimes even March... ok they're up through April, but 'till the snow stops falling and the greenery starts showing, those snowflakes are swaying!
You'll be needing the typical suspects of materials for this craft, and remember to keep it safe when cutting popsicle sticks, splinters are a possibility!
Step 1. You'll want to prep the sticks first by trimming the ends with a wire cutter. Cut a triangular shape in the top to create the peaks of the towers. Cut the opposite end straight across. You'll need about 11 sticks per castle. Sand the edges down with sandpaper.
Step 2. Arrange about 6 of the sticks the way you'd like and glue them together. Glue 4 together aligning the bottom straight across. When they are somewhat dry and able to be handled you can glue the layers one on top of the other. I added one more short tower as the third layer.
Step 3. Paint your castle how you'd like and let it dry.
Step 4. Once the paint is dry, cover your castle with glue and sprinkle with glitter. I use iridescent glitter because it looks like snow and it doesn't cover up the color of the paint.
Step 5. Use hot glue to add a ribbon as a hook on the back.
I hope that you enjoy making your ice castle ornament and I look forward to seeing all of your fantastic creations!
I'm John, an artist and art educator. The Art Dream is here to spark creativity and inspire the little artist inside of you!
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