Winter Ice Candles

We decided to do an ice candle project before having visitors the other day! Makes for a magical atmosphere around the entrance, and feels welcoming for those dropping by. 🙂

We have made ice candles in buckets earlier, but for that you need the outdoors to be chilly enough to freeze that amount of water. Lately we have had very mild weather, so we had to turn to our freezer for help. 😛

  • Fill balloons with water, tie a knot to close them and put them in the freezer.
  • Check them every now and then, you don’t want the water to freeze all the way through!! The balloon should feel hard, with sturdy ice, but shake it to check that there is still water in the middle. 🙂
  • Open the balloon (cut it with a sharp knife over the sink) and pop the icy ball out.
  • Find the thinnest  point and let the water out.  Make the hole large enough for a tea light. Usually the flat part at the bottom will be rather thick, and the opposite side thinner.
  • If you like, you can smooth out the opening at the top by letting warm water run in the sink.  Carefully rub the top of your ice light against the bottom of the warm sink until it’s melted to a nice shape. 🙂
Three magical ice lights!

 

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