On these darkest nights of the year, it’s important to add as many spots of light as possible. This week, add a little light to warm the night outside. A trio of ice lanterns will welcome guests (oh come, all ye wassailers).
Read on for materials and step-by-step instructions for making botanical ice lanterns:
Photography by Erin Boyle.
Materials (per lantern):
- 2 containers of different sizes
- Electrical tap
- Foraged finds ( orange or clementine slices, cedar branches, pine needles, juniper berries, cranberries, etc.)
- Below freezing outdoor temperatures (or a freezer)
- Flameless tea lights or votives
Stay on the safe side and check your lanterns every hour or so to make sure that they’re not over-freezing. If you’d prefer to put the lanterns in the freezer and not worry about them, by all means, use plastic vessels instead, the process is the same.
The more foraged materials you add to the glass, the more slowly the ice will freeze (the jar that broke was on the lantern with the least amount of greens).
Looking for an ice-only look? Try these Frozen Ice Candle Holders that we spotted last year.