Fire and Ice: Making an Ice Lantern

Ice Lantern DIY

Ice lanterns are quite simple to make. All you really need is a freezer (or cold weather outside), water, and a makeshift mold. The ice lantern mold can be two plastic containers, bowls, or any uniquely shaped object that you can put into the freezer. You can use ice shot glass molds if you have candles small enough to fit in them.

There are a few ways to create an ice lantern:

  • You can freeze a solid shape then carve out a hole for the candle to go into.
  • A popular option is to use two containers, one that can fit into the other. You fill the larger container with water, and place the smaller one inside (weigh it down with rocks) to create the hole where the candle will go.
  • The last option is to fill up a container with water and let it partially freeze. The water freezes from the outside in, so if you take it out at the right time the inner section will still be water while the outer edges will be solid. The down side with this method is that you’ll have to keep an eye on it.
Ice Lantern Mold

Use a small container inside a larger one to create an ice lantern mold. Image from Ordinary Life Magic’s Tutorial

Shot Glass Molds

Getting Decorative

You can get quite creative with these ice lanterns. Simply place decorative elements in the water so that it freezes in place. Trying using fruits, branches, or flowers, or how about using food dye to create multicolored ice lanterns? Check out the photos above and below from Astrid Mueller & Ordinary Life Magic:

Ice Candle Lanterns

For a guide on how to make the rainbow colored ice lantern have a look the post here on The Enchanted Tree:

Colored Ice Lantern DIY

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