Friday, December 9th, 2016


Trim the tree, hang the wreath and finish the baking — but then what?  We have just the little project to light up your front steps as guests start to arrive at your front door!  So turn up the Christmas carols while you make these botanical ice lanterns that will bring that little extra sparkle and festivity as we approach the darkest time of year.



– an ice lantern mold

– water

– foraged finds (try cedar or spruce sprigs, or a clipping or two from an indoor houseplant)

– festive fruits (think cranberries, or sliced oranges or lemons)

– tealights candles (either LED or traditional will do)


  1. Simply add your choice of botanical elements to the mold and fill with water.  Keep in mind that some of your ‘fillings’ may tend to float in water, which means they’ll end up concentrated at the bottom of your ice candle once frozen. To prevent this, add a few orange slices or cranberries, for example, to the mold and cover with just enough water to freeze in place. Once frozen, you may add yet another layer, or simply finish the lantern by filling with water.
  2. Set outside, or pop in the freezer until frozen solid. To remove the lantern, simply allow the mold to thaw a few minutes, or run under some warm water until it slides out.
  3. Light a candle and carefully place in the center of the mold.

That’s it! The sky’s the limit — the ice mold can be used as a table centrepiece, an ice cooler, even a festive dip chiller for entertaining! Want to change up the color of the ice? Just add a little food coloring to the water. Have fun creating different combinations to light up your walkway and garden this winter.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Words + Photos by Sarah Carson @the.botanical

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