Decorating & Design

March 11, 2009

DIY Ice Candles

Illuminate the way for holiday guests by lining a windowsill or pathway with these icy lanterns enhanced with lacy cedar branches and berries. As the ice hardens, the plant materials shift and settle into unique patterns.

Materials and Tools

  • A pair of containers for each ice candle (one fitting inside the other)
  • Evergreen snippets
  • Twigs
  • Berries
  • Small pine cones
  • Pebbles
  • Tape
  • Tealights

Step 1

Tape the smaller container inside its larger counterpart so that the tops are flush. Place pebbles in the small container to weigh it down.

Step 2

Fill half of the large container with water. With a skewer, arrange the trimmings as desired in the space between the two containers. Freeze.

Step 3

Pour water into the remaining half of the mould. Re-freeze.

Step 4

To unmould, dunk the container in a bucket of warm water until the icy form inside slides out. Remove the small container and insert a tealight.