I’ve seen how-to posts for doing flower ice cubes before, but not too many for doing larger blocks. Probably because the only places these remain viable for any length of time is in the frozen north. Lots of talk of wedding centerpieces and luminaries, mostly. However, on a trip to the garden store a few years ago, I saw that they had done several blocks using what I assume were leftover tulips from their florist counter. The effect was lovely and Finland can easily spend a few months below zero (Celsius) so they will last for longer than any other fresh bouquet out there. I decided to try making some to decorate our front steps and bring some color to the otherwise monochromatic landscape. This was only my first attempt, but it is definitely something I plan on trying again every winter until I get it perfect.
For this large cylinder, I used a feed bucket and a cheap bouquet from the supermarket. I figured they usually only lasted a few days before going limp in the house anyway, so anything had to be an improvement. There are posts that recommend filling the water only halfway and then letting the flowers freeze into place before pouring the rest of the water in. Since I was doing this on the fly and couldn’t figure out a way to get the flowers to stay in place for the first half, I just went all in and hoped for the best. Literally. I filled up the bucket, dunked the whole bouquet in upside down, snapped the lid in place and put a brick over the top to keep it from moving. This ended up working perfectly well because the flowers were so bulky they couldn’t move very much anyway.
The freezing took a couple of days, since it wasn’t very much below zero. I was sort of gambling, because this past winter saw a lot of long, warm stretches. During a nice, deep cold snap, it would probably be done overnight. When it was solid, I took it into the bathroom and sat it in the shower to thaw for twenty minutes or so, then removed the lid and plopped the finished block right side up on the steps where I intended it to stay. The results are below! It’s cool that you can see the little darts where air bubbles tried to escape from the flowers before they froze in place.
Sadly, this particular bouquet didn’t last for more than a week because things started warming up within a few days of my making it. This was in the middle of January, even, so there really is no planning as far as the weather is concerned. It was a fun project and yielded some really pretty pictures, though, so I will definitely go for it again once the temps plummet. I’d consider doing this with any bouquet I got during the winter, if the timing was right. Floral ice cubes are all nice and good for everybody else, but why not go large when you get the chance?