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April Fool’s Ice!

Mar24

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what!!! it's hot water!

Picture this: Dad comes home from a long day at work and the kids are anxiously waiting for him at the door.

“Dad! Dad!” they exclaim the minute he walks in. “Would you like a glass of ice water?”

He gives them a funny look. This is strange. Children don’t usually clamor to hand out refreshments. Really, he’d like a glass of scotch on the rocks, but he tells the kids he’d love some ice water. They rush off to the kitchen and come back with a nice tall glass of water, crystal-clear ice cubes clinking as they hand it over.

“Ahhh,” he says, sinking down into his favorite chair. The kids look on, eagerly waiting for him to take a sip. Slowly he takes a big draw…

“WHAT!!?” he sputters, nearly spitting water all over the floor. “This is not ice-cold water!”

The kids erupt into uncontrollable giggles. “April Fools, Dad!”

The ice was plastic and the water was warm! What a fun joke, right? Guess what! You can make fake ice right at home with supplies you probably already have on hand. Photographers have been making fake ice this way for a long time. Why not bring it into the kitchen for the kids to have some fun? All you’ll need are:

1. some blocks (the size of ice cubes)
2. some clear plastic beads (any old kind you can find at a craft store)
3. tinfoil
4. an oven!

supplies

wrapping the blocks like so

Take your blocks and stack two up. You’ll need to do this because the beads melt down by half. Now, this is the tricky part. You need to carefully wrap the tinfoil around your blocks, leaving the top open. Try to wrap it as neatly as possible without wrinkles. This is pretty much impossible of course, unless you are an origami master or very anal, but do your best. The reason you don’t want to just bunch up the tin foil around the blocks is that the beads will melt into the many crevices and then be very hard to remove later. So neat and tidy folds are best, kind of like how you’d wrap a present if you worked at a fancy department store. Don’t wrap them too tight though because you will need to empty the tinfoil molds of their blocks when they are done.

wrapping wood blocks in tinfoil takes practice

We had to do this several times until we got it right.

filling the molds

Once you’ve wrapped your blocks, dump out the blocks leaving an empty mold. You can go back and smooth out wrinkles and re-form the mold into a nice cube. Next, fill the mold up with clear plastic beads.

20 minutes in the oven

Then pop them in the oven at 375 F for about 20 minutes, or however long it takes your oven to get the beads nice and melted.

wowie zowie

When they are done, let them cool and then unwrap! This is the fun part.

chipping away

Some cubes will need rough edges filed off or even clipped off with some heavy-duty yard clippers. Just be careful to clip away from any eyeballs, since sometimes the plastic pieces will fly crazily all over the room. I found it best to hold them out the door and clip. If the edges look too rough, you can put them back in the oven by themselves and melt them down a bit more. We thought they looked just fine with imperfections.

adding condensation

Put your cubes in a glass of warm water. Maybe spray some water on for fake condensation and you’re ready to play some April Fools’ jokes!

ice water anyone?

Ice water anyone?

About the author

Brenda Ponnay

http://secret-agent-josephine.com
Brenda Ponnay is a stealthy secret agent who juggles parenthood to her adorable daughter by day and freelance graphic design/illustration by night. Whether it's painting, baking, drawing, making castles out of cardboard boxes or just doing the laundry with flair, Brenda Ponnay has learned that what really makes her happy is being creative every single day.

You can read about all her crazy adventures on her personal blog: Secret Agent Josephine.


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11 Responses to “April Fool’s Ice!”

  1. Laura Mar 24 at 10:37 am Reply Reply

    I’d say it needs a fake bug or something like that inside it to make it even better.

  2. CC Mar 24 at 11:43 am Reply Reply

    They look so real!!

    I am looking for old fashioned metal ice cube trays today.

  3. Brenda Ponnay
    Brenda Ponnay Mar 24 at 11:53 am Reply Reply

    I was actually going to make little thread spiders and stick them in the cubes but then I got so caught up in making the cubes I forgot completely about that. But I bet it would be easy. :)

  4. Sarah Mar 24 at 2:06 pm Reply Reply

    I love how good-natured this is for April Fool’s Day – perfect!

  5. Mrs. Wilson Mar 25 at 1:45 pm Reply Reply

    This is awesome! Must try.

  6. Gina Mar 30 at 6:47 pm Reply Reply

    That’s a great idea! My husband always has ice water after his exercise walk, so we may actually fool him…

  7. Jim Warren Sep 24 at 12:50 pm Reply Reply

    AlphaMom:

    Do you think spraying the tin foil with cooking spray would help keep the foil from sticking to the cubes, and make it easier to “unwrap”? I need to make some larger ice shards, and want to try this technique.

  8. dani Nov 12 at 4:50 pm Reply Reply

    best idea yet, and incredibly easy 

  9. Shayla Mar 10 at 2:10 am Reply Reply

    I think a fake bug would be the perfect “red herring”.  Dad thinks he’s playing along with the fake bug joke, and gets a different surprise!

  10. Becky Jun 08 at 7:41 am Reply Reply

    FUN!  I’ve also heard that just filling metal ice cube trays with these clear acrylic beads and baking them till they melt works great too!  Seems easer!

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