How have I never seen these before? I discovered ice lanterns while reading up on Christmas traditions in Finland and I immediately knew I needed these in my life forever and ever and ever and ever, amen. I had to make up for all the lost time before I knew about them so I set to making some immediately with whatever I already had on hand. Who has time to go to the store when a project DEMANDS immediate creation? Not I.
I roughly followed the instructions here, using whatever containers I could find in my recycling bin. I used real berries and greenery (unlike the faux stuff recommended in the blog) and it worked out well with the bonus of being compostable at the end.
Isn’t it so enchanting to see the light from within the block of ice? What a perfect symbol of Christmas. Even within the cold and dark there is warmth, light, hope. When I think about it I starting singing “In the Bleak Midwinter.”
You can make ice lanterns without sprigs of greenery and berries frozen within, for a more minimalist approach. That’s beautiful as well. I just couldn’t resist pulling apart a centerpiece on my table that was starting to wilt anyway.
Ice lanterns are so easy to create. You can get the whole family involved. Your kids will love stuffing the foliage in the containers as much as they will love the end result.
There’s a big of magic with fire and ice. I am entranced by ice lanterns!