poetry and prose about place

a moment of beautiful – an ice lantern

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the space: our living room on a winter evening

the beautiful: an ice lantern with cranberries and periwinkle vine


As Christmas approaches, candles are among my favorite decorations.  For the past few years, I have made ice lanterns (also called ice candles).

I use a square plastic container that freezes well.  In the center, I place a paper cup weighed down with rocks.  Then I fill the outer ring with cranberries and greenery (this year I used the green vines of Periwinkle, Vinca minor, from our garden).  Then I fill the ring with water.

This goes in the freezer, or in colder weather, out on the porch.  Once the water has frozen, I put hot water in the paper cup, to free it from the ice.  Then I run cold water over the outside of the bigger container to free the ice lantern.  I light a tealight or flat candle and put it in the center space.

The shimmering ice lantern will last several hours.  These lanterns will also last a long time outside in cold weather.


ice lantern


Jane Tims  2013

Written by jane tims

November 29, 2013 at 6:57 am

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  1. I love this, Jane. Beautiful idea. 🙂



    December 3, 2013 at 10:23 am

  2. I’m going to have to try this some time – what an inspired idea!


    Barbara Rodgers

    December 2, 2013 at 11:27 am

    • Hi Barbara. You can use different kinds of containers and decorations. I’ve set them up out on the deck so we can see them from the inside. Jane


      jane tims

      December 2, 2013 at 12:21 pm

  3. You really do have the soul of an artist, from your street view wanderings to the beautiful ice lanterns, you create beauty. That is a life well-lived.



    November 30, 2013 at 6:36 pm

  4. What a great idea! The ice lantern is lovely. I may have to make some for the holidays.



    November 29, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    • Hi. If you go on Pintrest and search for ‘ice candle’ you will find some other examples. Have fun. Jane


      jane tims

      November 29, 2013 at 9:08 pm

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