Dear Chicago House,
There is nothing like bringing in the New Year with a blast of Arctic cold is there? With temperatures colder than my freezer last week I put that frigid air to good use and had a go at making some ice lanterns.
Aren’t they fun, whats more they are easy and even better, FREE to make.
How to make an Ice Lantern
You will need
- A pair of containers one bigger than the other. I used a large yogurt pot and a dixie cup
- Embellishments, I used slices of orange and some greeny clipped from a garden shrub
- Boiled water that has cooled, using boiled water will result in clearer ice
- Floating candles
Prepare your embellishments.
- Half fill your larger container with the boiled water, then tape the smaller container into place as shown.
- Once the smaller container is in place slip your embellishments into the gaps around the edge.
- Top up with water.
- Leave somewhere cold…my garden worked last week but overnight in the freezer would work too.
- To remove containers run under hot water for a minute or so, the containers will slide off.
- Light a candle and plop into the ice vase. The heat from the candle will slowly melt the inside of the vase and you end up with a pool of water. using a floating candle will ensure the flame stays lit!
Creative in Chicago