Transform your walkway into a winter wonderland with ice candles
Now that Christmas is over, your holiday decorations might feel a bit… tired. How about sprucing up your curb appeal by making a bunch of gorgeous ice candles? To add a frosty touch to your décor, all you need are a few supplies and time for the water to freeze. Plus, it’s a perfect activity to do as a family:
- Empty, clean 64-ounce and 32-ounce paper juice containers (or small and large plastic containers that can fit inside one another)
- Balls of crumpled aluminum foil or several sticks
- Stones to weigh down containers
- Candles or tea lights
- Put two inches of water at the bottom of each large juice container and freeze (either in your freezer or outside if the temperature is below freezing; the colder the weather, the quicker your ice candles form. It can take between 10-24 hours to fully freeze).
- Once frozen, put a smaller container in the center of each larger one. To keep the smaller container from moving during the next step, fill it halfway with rocks to weigh it down.
- Fill the space between the large and smaller cartons with water about three-quarters full. You can add food coloring to the water if you like, or colorful berries and small evergreen branches.
- Pack some crumpled tin foil balls between the two cartons (above the water) to keep the smaller carton in place. Or anchor it in place by putting a stick across the top of the container and taping it.
- Place all your containers in the freezer (or outside) overnight, until they’re frozen.
- Remove tin foil and rocks. To help the smaller carton slide out easily, pour some warm water into it.
- Tear or slide off the large container and voilà! Pop in a tea light or a candle – make sure it’s shorter than the ice so it fits inside completely, otherwise the winter wind will likely blow out your flame! Arrange your glittering lanterns on a tray, or line them along your driveway, front path or on top of a thick wooden railing.
Another neat idea: make an ice candle with balloons! Blow up a balloon and deflate it again. Then blow it up and fill partway with water. Tie the end, and freeze it. Once frozen, pop the balloon, add a tea light, and you’ll have a lovely new look for your home!