Wednesday, January 02, 2013

How to Make Ice Lanterns

Craftiments:  Ice Lanterns

I made ice lanterns this past weekend with plans to light them on New Year's Eve.  Unfortunately it wasn't cold enough, so I put them out this evening.  They were simple to make and I love the beautiful swirls created by the addition of food coloring.


Craftiments:  Ice Lanterns


Would you like to make your own?  Clear some space in your freezer and gather your supplies....

Materials
  • Large plastic containers of varying shapes (bowls, tupperware, buckets, etc.)
  • Plastic cups
  • Something to weigh the cups down so they don't float (I used silverware)
  • Water
  • Food coloring

Directions

Fill each container with 1 - 2 inches of water.  Add food coloring to get desired shade, place plastic cup in center and weigh down, then freeze.  Add a couple more inches of water + food coloring and freeze. Repeat until you reach the top, but make sure you leave about 1/2 inch of cup above the ice so you have something to grab when you are ready to pull it out.  If the temperature is consistently below freezing where you live, you can also freeze your lantern outdoors.

To unmold the lantern, pour hot water into the cup and twist to release it.  Run hot water over the exterior of the container to slightly melt the ice.  Take the lantern outside and carefully unmold it.  Place a votive candle inside and enjoy!


Craftiments:  Ice Lanterns
Craftiments:  Ice Lanterns
Craftiments:  Ice Lanterns





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34 comments :

  1. Really Pretty- I've wanted to make these for ages. But I haven't ever seen them with food coloring, what a nice addition!

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  2. These are gorgeous. Such a fun idea. I'm pinning.

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  3. These are absolutely beautiful. What a wonderful way to line a walkway. I have a link party called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop and would love to have you share this and any other posts with everyone. It runs from Wednesday through midnight Sunday. Here is the link to the party.
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2013/01/week-in-review-and-wednesdays-adorned.html
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

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  4. These look like fun. As soon as there is some space in the freezer I'll give it a try. Just have to eat my way through a mountain of Christmas specials first!

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  5. Wow! These are really cool! Thanks for sharing these at Well Crafted Wednesdays!

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  6. This is fabulous!! I will have to try these! I have a weekly linky, Share It Saturday & I would love to have you stop by to participate.
    http://teachbesideme.com

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  7. AWESOME!!!!!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

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  8. So cool! Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects!

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  9. So pretty! I would love if you would share on Inspired Weekends, the new free for all style blog hop I'm hosting! Each round is open from Friday to Thursday-

    http://redcrowgreencrow.wordpress.com/2013/01/04/inspired-weekends-1/

    Katie @ Horrific Knits

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  10. I've not seen these done with food coloring, so neat! Thanks for linking up at DIY Thrifty Thursday...You've been featured! Drop by this week and grab an "I was featured" button and share anymore amazing ideas you have.

    Thanks!
    Michelle @ www.thrifty101.blogspot.com

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  11. Wow! I love this idea and can't wait to try it! Thanks for sharing.

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  12. Oh la la, gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday, great to see you!

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  13. My friend did this in balls for Christmas. She put glow sticks inside.

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  14. These are so pretty.
    I love the swirls.
    Pinned 'em.
    Followed over from Funk Junk.

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  15. What a great practically free project! I would love for you to come link up at my weekly linky party Thrifty to Nifty Thursdays at A Jennuine Life. I'm working with a couple of bigger bloggers to feature great projects, so I'm hoping to bring fabulous exposure for participants! http://ajennuinelife.blogspot.com/2013/01/thrifty-to-nifty-thursdays-2.html

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  16. Awesome! I would love for you to share this at Mom's Library! http://www.trueaimeducation.com/2013/01/lots-of-freebies-at-moms-library-28.html Pinned!

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  17. No way!!! That's the coolest thing I've ever seen! I'm gonna try this some day. Thanks for sharing!!! I'm pinning it too :)

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  18. These look so cool!!! What a fun idea!! Thanks for sharing them with us at Fancy This Fridays! We featured your ice lanterns today! http://www.trulylovelyblog.net/2013/01/fancy-this-fridays-109-and-features/

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  19. These are stunning! What a fun way to decorate for a party in January. I'm pinning this one!

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  20. these are SO cool! I can't wait to try it out. Definitely pinning

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  21. We love this! We are featuring your post in our linky party on Share it Saturday. We will also be sharing with our followers on FB. You can check it out here https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sugar-Aunts/406711342711382?ref=hl

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  22. WOW!! That is possibly the best idea I have ever seen! Thanks so much for the tutorial, I will definitely be trying this sometime soon.

    Find my blog at www.baconflavouredjam.com

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  23. This is one of the cooler (no pun intended) ideas I've seen in a while. I love it and want to do it. I'll link back if I do. Thanks for the inspiration. Jodi @ www.meaningfulmama.com

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  24. Just shared this at all my Favorite places!! Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest!!

    Thank you for sharing at Freedom Fridays Blog Hop and thank you for being one of my Five Faves!!

    Have an awesome day

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  25. Great idea! I wish there were some pics of the process. I have to read this again and figure out some of the instructions. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  26. Awesome!!! Love this website, some really great ideas!!

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  27. Thanks for the idea! We tried it and I blogged about it today and linked up to this page too! Please come check out my post: http://savegreenbeinggreen.blogspot.com/2013/03/kids-crafts-inspired-from-pinterest.html

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  28. Very cool & creative! But, when the ice melts won't it put out the candle??

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  29. Another way to make these (a bit easier and using fewer items) is by making waterballoons and putting them in the freezer for 24 hours. You peel away the balloon and cut the top of the sphere off with a knife warmed in hot water, and you'll find that the walls will be frozen about 1" to 1 1/2" thick, but the center will still be water which you pour out, leaving a hollow for a votive. I surprised my neighbor by lining her walkway right before a Christmas party that she gave at her home for the neighborhood. Adding food coloring next time I make these sounds like a great idea - I will definitely be trying it :D

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