How to Make a Frozen Wreath to Decorate the Garden

Until a few weeks ago, I thought Halloween was the best “season” to celebrate with little kids, but now I’m beginning to think it’s got nothing on the winter holidays. And this frozen wreath is one of the reasons why!

Frozen Wreath

My two year old is enamored by holiday lights, menorahs, ornaments, snowmen, animatronic lawn decorations, Santa, nutcrackers, and gingerbread houses. The list goes on and on. When I picked her up from preschool this week, I found out that she led her class in a round of Jingle Bells! So, this frozen wreath project is clearly the icing on a very well-frosted gingerbread bundt cake!

How to Make a Frozen Wreath

To make the frozen wreath, my daughter and I foraged for berries, rosemary sprigs, red leaves, and green sweetgum tree balls on our way home from the park, and then set to work making magic happen when we got home.

Supplies for Frozen Wreath

  • Bundt Pan
  • Water
  • Twigs, sprigs, and berries
  • Ribbon


  1. Fill a bundt pan with water
  2. Add your beautiful natural finds
  3. Wait for it to freeze
  4. Add a ribbon and seal it in place with some more water
  5. Freeze it some more.
  6. Hang it in a tree!

The perfect spot to hang it ended up being a post by the street, where we could enjoy catching many of our neighbors stop in their tracks to take a closer look. I can’t tell you how happy that makes me, as little creative surprises can be mood changers and eye openers, and it reminded me of Keri Smith’s fun-to-read book, The Guerilla Art Kit.

I borrowed this idea from the very thoughtful and creative Jean Van’t Hul of The Artful Parent. While our warm California weather renders a wreath like this useless after an hour or two, the lore and magic of winter evoked by this project make the process so worthwhile.

Thanks for the fun idea, Jean, and happy winter!

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  1. From the photo I thought you had made it in a tire! Guess that would require living in Minnesota…

  2. Jigsaw pieces! So many ideas for building wreaths! And yeah, we’re not freezing things outdoors, thank goodness!

    • The book looks incredible. We just got back from a week in the snow, and this would have been a handy reference! thanks.

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