How to Make Your Own Ice Sculpture

Updated July 19, 2017

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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'll Need

  • Large coffee container
  • Small coffee container
  • Old cake mould
  • Kettle
  • Warm water
  • Watering can
  • Warm gloves
  • Freezer
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Anise Hunter began writing in 2005, focusing on the environment, gardening, education and parenting. She has published in print and online for "Green Teacher," Justmeans and Neutral Existence. Hunter has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Resource Management in environmental science from Simon Fraser University.