How to make a frozen flower bowl

Stop! Collaborate and listen: Georgie Malyon transforms water and flowers into a whimsical frozen bowl that is perfect for cool summer soirées.

Make a frozen flower bowl

1 “Once upon a time” is how I feel I should introduce this project – there is something so fairytale-ish about flowers encased in ice, especially when moulded into a vessel for holding drinks or cold treats. All you need are three metal or plastic (but not glass) containers that will nest together – one small, one medium, one large – plus water, flowers, rice and tape, and some space in your freezer.various green and purple flowers, two vessels, rice, tape and secateurs

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2 Choose flowers that aren’t too bulky, so they will fit easily between your containers when the smallest one is nested inside the medium one. I opted for a blue, green and white palette, and used pansies, delphiniums, gypsophila, hellebores and statice.A hand placing flowers in a medium sized bowl

PHOTO BY REUBEN LOOI

Take the medium-sized bowl and make a ring of flowers around the inside of it, cutting any blooms down to size as necessary.A hand from a person in a purple dress, placing flowers in a ring in a medium sized bowl

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3 Insert the smallest container into the middle of the medium-sized container that has the flowers inside it.A woman in a purple dress pouring rice into a small vessel inside the medium bowl

PHOTO BY REUBEN LOOI

Fill the small container with rice and tape it in place – this will prevent it from floating around once you add water. Pour water in the space between the two bowls, so that the flowers are submerged. Carefully place your mould in the freezer and leave until frozen.tape holding the small vessel in the larger one

PHOTO BY REUBEN LOOI

4 When you’re ready to use your ice sculpture, add a little water to a larger bowl and place the entire mould inside (bowls and all) until the ice melts just enough for you to remove your creation. Place your ice bowl on a large plate to contain the ever-growing puddle as it melts, and delight in its ephemeral beauty.

hands removing the ice bucket creation from its bowl

Turn your ice bowl into an ice bucket! Fill it with ice cubes and use it to keep drinks or ice blocks cold.

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