Ice Luminary

A welcome sight on a cold winter’s night on the front porch -
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You can make an ice lantern or ice luminary & set it out on the front porch or your front step or driveway.
Adds some sparkle to the bleak cold winter!
Day 1
  • Start off by filling the bottom of a plastic container with water a couple inches high – this will be the bottom of the luminary
  • Set it outside & let it freeze solid
Day 2
  • Add an inner bucket (which when complete will be the place you hold your candle in) – here I’ve used a pitcher (which I wouldn’t use again because it was hard to get the handle out of the frozen ice block!)
  • Add water in between the two containers to form the walls of the luminary
  • Fill the inner bucket with rocks or other heavy objects to hold it down in the center of the outer bucket (I had to use a log because all of my rocks are covered by 3 feet of snow! I’ll reserve special luminary rocks for next year & have them ready before winter sets in)
  • Freeze solid
Day 3
  • Take out your rocks/logs, etc. & fill the inner container with hot water to remove the inner bucket
  • Dunk your whole container in hot water to loosen the luminary from the outer bucket
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You can make them all sizes & line them up or even add greenery, etc when you add the water to make the side walls
a little candlelight on the windowsill -
Chat soon -

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  1. Very, Very cool! You have some neat ideas. Thanks for sharing. I became a follower. Joan @Americana By Candlelight

  2. I've always wanted to do those ice luminaries! They are stunning!!

  3. this is beautiful! I've always wanted to try this! We certainly have enough ice and snow on the ground to keep it around for a while!
    thank you so much for stopping by and seeing my pottery barn knock off chandelier. I've looked through several of your posts and just love all your pottery barn knock offs you've done in your own home!

  4. That is really cool! I'd love to try that... if it ever got cold enough in our area again. (rarely does)

    Thanks for linking up to SNS!
    FJ Donna

  5. They are SO pretty! I love the look... I will have to try it! Thanks for the great tips! :)

  6. Oh So pretty! Lovin' those and actually wishing for cold weather so I could make some our weather here is ridiculously warm!

  7. Yeah I have seen these around on many scandinavian blogs. I was meaning to do them myself but never got around to it. Now that I see yours I kick myself. They look great!

  8. We have the perfect weather here to do this. It creates such a beautiful look.
    Cindy at Lakewood

  9. Oh, I love these! I made some last year, but our weather this year hasnt been cold enough.

  10. So beautiful, I wish I would have seen this yesterday, so i would have it for tomorrow. How romantic they are. Thanks for sharing, you did a great job.

    Cha Cha

  11. Just popping in to wish you a Happy Valentine's Day!

    Suzann (The Olive Cottage)

  12. So cool! What a great idea! :)

  13. These are so cool.....someday I'm gonna try this!

  14. I love luminaries (especially lit on a cold wintry night). So pretty! Thanks for stopping by. Hope you had a great weekend!

  15. I LOVE this idea! And, I can still do that here in the freezing land of Minnesota. Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog! It totally made my day! And, it introduced me to your blog of wonderful ideas I can copy!

  16. What a nice idea and except for the candle-free! I will do this!


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