Homemade ice candles are such an easy way to decorate outside in the winter weather! I remember making these with my grandparents as a kid (I actually had to call them to get instructions to make them myself this year!). Note: This does require that you live in a northern climate!
– Ice cream pail or other plastic container
– Butter knife
– Tea light candles (I prefer LEDs)
- Fill a pail with water and set outside to freeze.
- Allow the water to freeze, but not completely solid. Ensure that ice is at least 1″ thick around the edges.
- You will see bubbles forming inside the frozen mass.
- Smash centre of cavity with a butter knife and dump the water out. This will be your cavity.
- Carefully turn the pail over and rub the edges, easing the ice out (if it is really frozen, allow the pail to sit in the kitchen sink for a bit to melt a bit to more easily slide out).
- Place a candle inside the cavity. You’re done!
I prefer to use LED tea lights as they are battery powered and much easier than lighting traditional candles. To decorate, I like to put pine and spruce bows around the candles to feel more festive.