how to make an ice lantern

How To Make An Ice Lantern!

👋 Hands up if you’ve ever been mesmerized by the flickering flame of a candle?

The calming effect of candlelight can be a simple yet sacred tool to help reduce stress and appreciate the simple joys of life.

There is a reason they are included in spiritual, religious, and social ceremonies around the world. Consider bringing the tranquil and restorative light of candles into your home.

❄️ Embrace the cold weather and use the natural touch of frost to make an ice lantern!⁠ 


Step One: Gather Your Materials

Gather the natural materials to decorate your ice ornament.

Take a walk and forage for available grasses, leaves, twigs, seedpods, or whatever is in your garden. You can use an app like iNaturalist to learn to identify your local plant life. 

You can also examine your compost and use fruit or citrus peels.

You will also need two different sized dishes, water and a candle or light source.

To hold the inner container in place, you can use water or a weighted object like a rock. Below you will see both examples.  We used two lanterns stacked together in the featured image. 

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Step Two: Create The Ice Lantern Mold

Secondly, add water and natural décor to the larger dish. This will be the base for the lantern.⁠

Place another container in the middle to hold space for the candle. This can be weighed down with a rock, water, or taped in place. ⁠Check your recycling bin if you need containers.

🌿. Next, add your items. Foliage, citrus peels, or whatever natural fragments you have at hand.

ice lantern mold

Step Three: Ice, Ice, Baby

Thirdly, leave it outside to freeze completely. ⁠This step can also be repeated in shallow layers to allow for more decorations throughout the lantern.

ice lantern mold

Keep reading for the finishing touches!

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Step Four: Free Your Lantern From The Mold

🔥 Bring your lantern inside to unmold. With a bit of time the ice lantern should separate from the outer container. 

If you used water to weigh down the inner container, add a bit of boiling water to help separate the middle.

If you used rocks, simply remove the rocks and lift out the container. Don’t worry if it is frozen in place. Use the same steps as above. 

ice lantern mold

Light it up and enjoy the romance!


Lastly, add your lantern light source.

We used a Lemon Chiffon Cake soy candle from our Green Act Business Member Allen Wick Candles.

This hand-poured candle is made in a reusable glass jar that happens to be the same sized as the jar we used to make the mold. 

Read our other blog post to learn How to Make an Ice Ornament!

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