How to Make Your Own Ice Sculpture

Written by anise hunter | 13/05/2017
How to Make Your Own Ice Sculpture
Not all ice sculptures are hard to make. (blue ice image by Earl Robbins from

Ice sculptures bring to mind carvers working long hours into the freezing night, using fine tools to make huge and detailed creations. However, it is actually quite simple to make a smaller ice sculpture for your home. Instead of carving the ice, you can use cake moulds and homemade ice moulds to create unique ice sculptures for your garden. All you need is water. Use them for a winter celebration or a Christmas party.

How to Make Your Own Ice Sculpture
Collect coffee cans and other food cans. (coffee and coffee-beans image by Dmitri MIkitenko from

Buy a selection of cake moulds with different images on them. Collect food containers like old coffee tins as well. These will all be the moulds for your ice sculpture.

How to Make Your Own Ice Sculpture
Use a watering can to fill the moulds. (watering tools image by palms from

Collect your materials in the garage or another place that can get wet. Fill up the watering can with lukewarm water. Lay the cake moulds flat on the ground. Fill them up to within an inch of the top of the mould. If you want to make pieces of an ice castle, fill up the different sizes of coffee cans with water too.

How to Make Your Own Ice Sculpture
Create ice sculptures in the freezer. (Ice image by Eagle from

Move the moulds outside if the temperature is well below freezing. Otherwise, keep them indoors in the freezer. Place them in a flat place to freeze.

How to Make Your Own Ice Sculpture
Use hot water to remove the sculptures. (tea kettle image by Leticia Wilson from

Remove the ice from the moulds. If it is very cold outside, use warm gloves to move the moulds into the garage. Heat the kettle and then let the water cool slightly before transferring it to the watering can. Turn the moulds over and pour warm water around the outside until the ice slips out.

How to Make Your Own Ice Sculpture
Use warm gloves to handle ice. (gloves image by hazel proudlove from

Put on the gloves. Move the ice sculptures outside for the party. If you are making an ice castle, stack the pieces on top of each other and spray water where they connect. This will stick the pieces together if it is very cold.

Things you need

  • Large coffee container
  • Small coffee container
  • Old cake mould
  • Kettle
  • Warm water
  • Watering can
  • Warm gloves
  • Freezer

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