Winter in Wisconsin has been brutal this winter with
How to Fill and Freeze Balloons
It’s fairly easy to fill and freeze balloons but I have a few tips and tricks to help you since I’ve done this a few times with varying degrees of success.
If you prefer, you can also use regular liquid food coloring or the paste or gel food coloring to color your water balloons. If you use the paste food coloring, mix it in a measuring cup and then pour the coloring into the balloon before you fill it with water.
Then stretch the balloon over your faucet. I couldn’t believe this balloon fit around my large faucet but it worked very well. If yours don’t fit your kitchen faucet, try the bathroom faucet as those are usually not as large.
Make sure the balloon is tight and hold on to the top while you fill it to prevent the balloon from popping off.
My faucet pulls out so I rested the balloon in the sink while it filled. Experiment with how full you want it. I made mine quite full but it depends on your balloon.
Before trying to carry your water filled balloons outdoors, I would put them on a tray or a cookie sheet. Believe me, you don’t want to drop one in the house!
Putting Your Water Balloons Outdoors to Freeze
Even if it’s super cold, like -30 degrees, the balloons will not freeze if you put them in a snow bank. Well, maybe eventually they will, but because snow insulates, it prevents the balloons from freezing.
Carefully place the balloons on the sidewalk. Don’t try to move them, they might pop.
I’d recommend leaving them out overnight. I timed them during the day and it takes about 8 hours for them to fully freeze. You would think it would be faster when the temps are so severe!
The balloons may split and the ice gems might crack, but they still look cool.
Peel the balloons off the ice gem.
Place them where ever you’d like. The colored ice gems look awesome in the snow! They will last as long as the temps are freezing.
The colors shown here were made with liquid watercolors.
The first two (from the bottom) were made with food coloring.
I moved the first three (from the bottom) too soon, so the blue one broke. All that was left was a shell but it still looks neat! You can see in the picture below that the red one isn’t completely frozen.
In fact, after I moved the red one from the sidewalk and came into the house, I looked outside a short time later to see this! It wasn’t completely frozen so the water was slowly leaking out from the bottom. It was crazy looking!
Try all different colors.
When the balloons freeze, the ice shape may crack. Or they may crack after sitting for a while. They still look amazing!
If you try making Frozen Balloons Ice Gems, let me know how it went!