At the start of every Winter we look forward to icy puddles, frosty windows, pretty icicles and if we’re lucky snow! So far, this Winter has been a bit of a disappointment because here in the UK it’s been crazily mild! To make up for the lack of real Winter delights we’ve been creating our own frosty scenery with wonderful Winter crafts like this Gorgeous Glittery Icicle craft!
Can you believe these beautiful shimmery shiny icicles are made from recycled plastic milk jugs? It’s such a thrifty craft you can turn your whole house or classroom into a Winter Wonderland for next to no cost!
This glittery icicle craft also gives kids a great opportunity to broaden and develop their scissor skills, cutting a different material from the paper they’re used to!
I love Winter crafts, there’s something so wonderfully cosy about snuggling up inside and getting creative with the kids, even if it’s not really that cold outside! This gorgeous glittery icicle craft goes really well with our other Winter crafts.
Before you get started making icicles why not save some of our readers’ Winter favourites on your Facebook profile or Pinterest boards to come back to later too? (Just click on the text or images below to go to the full post and share to your social channels from there.)
Wibbly Wobbly Snow Gel is easy to make and fantastic when there isn’t any real snow or it’s just too cold to play outside. 3D Cotton Ball Snowmen are just as much fun as the real thing and super for small world play. Scented Frosted Snowflakes smell amazing and add a new twist to traditional snowflake cutting and Frosty Pinecones look amazing in a bowl or hanging as a mobile.
Are you ready to try this gorgeous glittery icicle craft? Me too! Grab your milk jugs and let’s get started.
Gorgeous Glittery Icicle Craft Tutorial
Supplies To Make Glittery Icicles
How To Make Glitter Icicles
Get ready for kids to enjoy this glittery icicle craft by washing out some empty milk jugs. I like to put a squirt of washing up liquid and warm water into the bottles, pop the lids back on and let the kids shake, shake, shake them!
Once the milk jugs are clean, cut out the large side panels for the kids to use to make their icicles. (Cutting the tops and bottoms off will probably be too tricky for little hands.)
It’s nice to be able to look at real icicles so children know what sort of shapes to make theirs. If like us, you haven’t been blessed with weather cold enough, you can make use of images online and in books.
Children can then draw their icicle shapes in pencil or marker pen onto their plastic milk jug panels and cut them out. Once they’ve done one you might want to stretch your children to try cutting one out free hand, without drawing guide lines first.
The milk jugs from our local supermarket are thin enough for us to be able to cut through easily. If yours are thicker or your children can’t manage they can still draw the shapes and decorate them, leaving the cutting to a grown up.
When your milk jug icicle shapes are ready, squirt on white glue and spread it a little. I think it’s really effective to leave some of the plastic unglued.
To make clearing up easier we apply glue to our icicle craft on a piece of scrap paper.
Next we put our glued milk jug icicles onto a clean piece of paper and start to add the glitter. ( You can then save the spilt glitter to use another time.)
Adding the glitter in stages keeps blocks of colours together and helps give the icicles a 3D twisty effect.
When the glue on our glittery icicle craft was completely dry we shook off the excess glitter and made a hole in the top with a single hole punch.
We finished off by threading our glitter icicles with some gorgeous metallic twine that matched perfectly.
This glittery icicle craft is so simple and so effective. The blocks of different glitter colours gives a fantastic 3D effect and I love that it makes use of old plastic milk jugs.
Have you been lucky enough to see real icicles this Winter?
You can print the instructions below.
More Fun Winter Crafts To Enjoy:
- Plastic Milk Jugs
- White Glue
- Silver Glitter
- Blue Glitter
- Purple Glitter
- Hole Puncher
- Silver Metallic Cord
- Wash and dry empty plastic milk jugs.
- Draw icicle shapes in pencil or marker pen onto their plastic milk jug side panels and cut them out.
- Squirt on white glue and spread it a little. I think it’s really effective to leave some of the plastic unglued.
- Sprinkle on different coloured glitter and let it dry.
- Shake off the excess glitter and make a hole in the top with a hole punch.
- Thread with some metallic twine to hang them with.