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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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