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Family makes 'gem' igloo in bitter cold

Published On: Jan 31 2014 08:28:17 AM CST   Updated On: Jan 31 2014 09:45:51 AM CST
Colorful igloo in New Jersey

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This month's never-ending snow and bitter cold inspired a New Jersey family to create an amazing multi-colored "gem" igloo.

The Trokhans, of Old Tappan, N.J., filled 200 aluminum tins with water and food coloring and left them outside overnight to freeze, according to Yahoo! News.

They then molded the blocks of ice together with snow and water.

"We would stack two blocks together, fill the cracks with snow, and then pour water over it," Shawn Trokhan told Today.com. "After packing the snow, it would take about 30 to 60 seconds for it to freeze enough for the block to become stable. For the top of the igloo, we had to hold the blocks a little longer, but they still froze surprisingly fast."

The igloo took nearly an entire day to build, with family members working late into the night in subzero temperatures.

"There is never a good time to stop your life and take on some silly family project," Trokhan told Today.com. "But if you don’t stop every once in a while, you never will."

Watch the process in this time-lapse video:

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