Ice cube painting

We decided to have a go at ice painting the other day and it was a roaring success. My three year old, who loves getting messy, and who is fascinated with ice was in his element. The results also looked brilliant and will make the most amazing gift wrap.

Ice cube painting

It’s dead easy to do, and perfect if your regular paint supply has run out. All you need to do is freeze some ice cubes with a couple of drops of food coloring in each cube – easy! I would advise laying out lots of paper on the floor or on a table as it can be a little bit messy. It may also not be a good activity for younger ones. The first thing my youngest did was try to eat them so we gave him some plain ice cubes instead.

If the weather is a bit on the cold side then ditch the paper and sit your little one up to the sink, with a bowlful of warm water and lots of containers and let the colour melting/mixing commence.

By the way, food colouring can stain little hands, if you rub some moisturising cream into them beforehand it acts as a pretty good barrier.



16 Comments Leave yours

  1. Robin #

    This would be especially great in those fun shaped ice cube trays. I have some shaped like sand castles and beach balls that would be perfect :)

    • Kate #

      Couldn’t agree more. We have some cool star and heart shaped ice cube trays. Great also to do multi layered ones if you have time :)

  2. You could also lay out old white sheets and let them paint on those….just make sure there isn’t anything under them that can stain…..grass is great. That also works great with finger paints…..a trip to the thrift store or freecycle is great for the sheets!

  3. ann marie #

    You can some vinegar or a lot of salt to the water before you freeze to make them taste ‘bad’. Don’t know how it will affect the color though.

    • Christine #

      Good idea for the taste but be ware that vinegar is a natural color fixator, so it will stain more… Could be interesting in the case of cloth painting as suggested above though!

  4. Love this idea and what a great summer activity!!!

  5. Holly #

    Salt or vinegar would only help the color set more, especially on fabrics. Think tye dye!

  6. Lisa #

    Be careful getting sheets from Freecycle, Amber. There’s a lot of folks who have bed bugs and don’t even know it. :(

    This website ROCKS!

  7. thanks you, that seems to be a great idea for warm summer days.

    I linked to your tutorial on my blog – thanks for sharing!

    doro K.

  8. Kate #

    Thanks to you too Doro K!

  9. Very neat idea! So easy to do too, I bet the kids would love this in my home.

  10. Great idea for kids! But…I thinking that us adults artists might like to try our hand at it. I like the cloth idea! Also, maybe watercolor paper. Also, maybe using dye ink instead of food coloring? Hmmm..just thinking of new ideas! Thanks for the post! I am going to link it to my blog if you don’t mind?

  11. Barn Owl #

    What about the paper? Can you suggest what kind would be best for ice painting???

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