Build A Rainbow Igloo

That's what Canadian Brigid Burton said when her daughter Kathleen Starrie brought home her boyfriend, Daniel Gray. Wanting to "keep him occupied," Brigid started filling cartons with colored water and setting them outside in anticipation of Daniel's visit. By the time the young couple arrived, Burton had prepared 500 multicolored ice bricks. An engineering student from New Zealand, Daniel rose to Burton's challenge and got to work in the backyard.

The construction phase took 150 hours over five days. Gray mixed snow with water to create the "snowcrete" that he used as mortar between his ice brick. The resulting structure is gorgeous, especially when illuminated from within. This project is likely too ambitious to attempt with young children, but older kids may be inspired to try something like it.

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