How to Make a Refreshing Ice Bowl in 5 Simple Steps (PHOTOS)

ice bowlIsn't this ice bowl pretty? They don't last forever, but if you want a dramatic centerpiece that doubles as a chiller, an ice bowl is perfect. They're impressive enough just plain, but add flowers, fruit, or herbs, and you've got a knockout. They look like the kind of thing best left to the experts, but actually they're pretty simple. You could make your own ice bowl in just 5 simple steps. Here's how!


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  • Step 1: Start With 2 Bowls


    I like this video tutorial from Clean Eating Magazine because they make it really simple. Here's how they do it.

    Start with two bowls. One should be larger than the other. The closer they are in size, the thinner your ice bowl will be.

  • Step 2: Pour Water Into the Larger Bowl


    Fill the larger bowl about 1/3 full with water.

  • Step 3: Nestle Smaller Bowl Inside


    Set the second, smaller bowl inside. It will float. You'll have a pretty good idea of what your ice bowl will look like after it freezes, but remember that water expands as it freezes. Make sure there's a little bit of room at the top for that expanding ice. 

  • Step 4: Tape the Sides & Freeze Overnight


    Tape the bowls together on either side to keep the bowls stable during the freezing process. Make sure the bowl is centered. Freeze overnight.

  • Step 5: Remove Ice From Bowls


    To remove the ice from the bowls, let the bowls sit out at room temperature for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove the tape and pour some warm (not hot) water in the inner bowl. You can also immerse the larger bowl in a bath of warm water. Carefully help the ice to slip out over a towel -- that way, if you slip, the ice has a soft place to land!

  • Citrus Ice Bowl



    Okay, so that's the basics for making an ice bowl. Once you've got that down, you can experiment by adding decorative elements to ice bowls -- like thin orange, lemon, or lime slices. Martha Stewart suggests arranging the fruit in the bowl, then setting the smaller bowl inside, then taping, and THEN pouring in your water. 

  • Floral Ice Bowl



    You can do the same thing to make a flower ice bowl. Again, start by arranging your bowls together and taping them in place. Pour in the water. Then ease your flowers into place using a paintbrush. They will probably float, so you may need to nudge them around. After about an hour in the freezer, take the bowls out to see how it's freezing. At this point you should still be able to move your flowers around in the freezing water. Push out any air bubbles. Then put the bowls back in the freezer overnight.

  • To Display


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    Keep your released ice bowl on a cookie sheet (over waxed or parchment paper) in the freezer until you're ready to use it.

    It will melt over time, of course. So when you put it out, keep it on an absorbent towel over a decorative tray.


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