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.
Would you like to make your own? Clear some space in your freezer and gather your supplies....
- 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)
- Food coloring
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!