Wednesday

ICE candle holder - free and GORGEOUS!

I guess living in a freezing cold area of the country has it's benefits.  Things like these ICE CANDLES  stay frozen! 



On Thanksgiving my aunt had these stacked along the entry to her house.

The glowing, sparkly wet candles looked so amazing.  She used large gallon containers but said you could even make giant ones out of a 5 gallon buckets (wouldn't that look amazing!) 

My daughter and I started with a set of little ones. 


We wanted to make them all different heights so we just filled up the cups to different levels. 

Next we put them outside to freeze.  It took our water glasses overnight to get to the correct freezing point.  You don't want them 100%  frozen  - just about 75% solid.  Tip upside down and run some warm water around the cup or bucket and out comes your amazing ice candle holder and the extra water which makes up the space for your candle! 


Place them on your porch steps or on the railing of your deck.  It will make such a statement. 


Make your entry a winter wonderland!



If you have any questions just leave a comment and I'll be sure and answer them.  Can you imagine red holly berries (or even cranberries) layered in the bottom of a gallon size one?  Any other ideas?  Is anyone going to try this?  We'd love to hear!

Be sure and check out my TOP 5 Christmas post to see other fun ideas for this Holiday Season!



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52 comments:

  1. I LOVE this- so pretty & clever!

    Hi there- I found you through the friday blog hop and am your newest follower :) It would be great if you stopped by and returned the love!

    http://www.waveoflifesurfstudio.blogspot.com/

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  2. What a cool idea! Pun intended, they look so pretty. i just might have to try this!

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  3. Ahhh, these look AMAZING. we usually do luminaras on our driveway Christmas eve--if I can find the time, I might try it ice luminaras this year!!

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  4. These are lovely and so clever. I will have to try a set of these for my steps. Your photos look great!

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  5. Selina - love this idea! Thanks so much for linking to the party - I greatly appreciate it! I featured these today - stop by and grab a featured button if you like. Hope you have a lovely week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

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  6. Oh wow! I wish I lived somewhere where it freezes (no I don't, really) but these are really cool!

    Kisses
    Emily
    Whipperberry

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  7. This makes me want to move to Alaska! Well maybe not that extreme, but how neat-o! The picture is just stunning! jules

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  8. Wow! This is awesome... I think I might have to do this just to make me feel better about the cold weather here!

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  9. I want to thank you for your comment on my site re: making the pictures bigger... I will for sure do that, thanks so much! (I also need to learn how to hold a camera steady!) I will revamp it this week, so come back for another tour! :-) Thanks so much! Jules from bles-id

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  10. Those are TRULY AMAZING! Almost makes me wish I lived somewhere that it gets below freezing (OK, maybe not, but I can't get over how beautiful they are!) I'm sharing post on FB for my cold weather friends.

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  11. I'm your newest follower. http://moogieland.blogspot.com/

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  12. I love these! Great pictures. I am going to feature this on my blog tomorrow. Thank you so much for linking up to my first party! I loved all your ideas :)

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  13. lovely...isn't it a beautiful sight to come home to these beautiful lights? I have some brewing on my front porch now too!

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  14. How beautiful. We have always had a string of colored lights on our deck, but I just wasn't in the mood for them this year. But this is exactly what I'd like to see when I look out by window on Christmas Eve. Thanks for sharing. I'll be linking on Facebook.

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  15. bella montoya12/8/10, 2:21 PM

    i made these last year and added cranberries before freezing. they came out x-tra beautiful with the cranberries encased in the ice and when they melted, the birds had a cranberry treat!

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  16. Lovely! We did this very recently and they turned out beautifully: http://loveinthesuburbs.com/wordpress/ice-lanterns

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  17. Those are the coolest things ever! I guess there are some good things that come out of living where it's cold.

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  18. I love this idea! It's 14 degrees here this morning. I think I'll give it a try!

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  19. great idea! how festive for christmas and new years eve parties! I am sharing on my FB business page at www.facebook.com/lifeinstages!

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  20. Wow, what a simply marvelous idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  21. i am sure one could get really funky with it and use food dye and objects frozen in the ice.. nice idea.

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  22. Love this..simple, free & so pretty :-)

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  23. I'm so jealous. I live in california and it was 80 degrees today!

    No chance of those staying frozen :P

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  24. Wow! These are fabulous! If I didn't live in the desert I would try this! Thanks for sharing! I saw this on WhipperBerry.

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  25. Very cute! If I ever leave Cali I will copy this.

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  26. Just wanted to let you know we featured you today on WhipperBerry, so come by and grab a featured button!
    Kisses!

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  27. Really lovely idea. I've featured this today, so be sure to grab a Featured On Sew Can Do button - Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday:)

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  28. Another easy way to make them is to use cans of veggies to make the space for the candle - put the veggies in the bucket - fill with water and freeze. My step-mom made these when a friend of hers got married - to line the steps of the church - she made them in ice cream buckets and put several buckets in her deep freeze!

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  29. This is just gorgeous!!! I was wondering how people made these. So, elegant. :)

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  30. Beautiful, if we ever get any snow here near Denver I am going to have to try this. It has been in the 50s-60s all month and I am loving it. Now I am kind of wishing for a little cold weather for New Years.

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  31. Wow, what a great and cheap idea!

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  32. Just dropping by to let you know that I linked to this post in a round up today from the Home & Garden channel at Craft Gossip. :) You can see the feature here
    http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/9-candle-and-candle-holder-projects/

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  33. What a fun project to do with your kiddos! Thanks for sharing!

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  34. Brilliant! They look beautiful all lit up! I'm your newest follower from the Penny Pinching Party. Would love to have you stop by my site and even join my Tip Day Thursday Carnival (it goes up late Wed nights).

    Wendy
    Around My Family Table

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  35. this is really beautiful!! how long do they last with the candles burning??

    http://inthehammockvintage.blogspot.com

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  36. Reply to Carrie: As long as it stays freezing outside (32 degrees) they should stay good to go! (as in not melted!)

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  37. This is such a fantastic idea! So easy, but looks wonderful! I'm definitely going to have to try this out!

    http://downonsanford.blogspot.com/

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  38. If I lived where it stayed cold long enough, I would SO do these to line my walkway to my house. So lovely!

    Alicia {ProtoDoom}

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  39. Just beauiful,love it!

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  40. LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea!!! Hubby even thinks it grand, he is an avid white light installer (sometimes it looks like an airport here). We will try it eventually but it's touch and go in Vancouver (cold enough).

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  41. I think we're probably done with our cold weather now, or atleast the coldest weather maybe but i think these would be lovely at Christmas and New Years Eve. I did once freeze something and it looked candle like but i didn't know what to do with it and never thought to put it outside bar photographing it lol

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  42. Such a great idea for any winter party!

    Susan,
    http://entertainexchange.blogspot.com/
    Party and Entertaining Inspiration

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  43. Hi
    Just wanted to let you know that I “ Featured” you on Santa’s Gift Shoppe Blog Hop today for your great project & inspiration! Be sure to grab the “I was featured” on Santa’s Gift Shoppe Button/Code for your sidebar! You deserve it! Thanks so much..If you’re not a follower already we’d love for you to join us...
    Barb

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  44. I saw these on TV years ago. I made one...however, I lived in Calif., so I had to keep it in the freezer most of the time!!! It was beautiful and we loved it while it lasted!!!

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  45. Very neat and original! Too cool.
    xoxo
    Cat
    aka
    BudgetBlonde

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  46. OMG this is so awesome! I would love to love in a cold place where I could have a white Christmas :)

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  47. wow they are great, how long does it take until the ice melts?

    xox

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    1. as long as the weather stays frozen (32 degrees) it will stay exactly the shape it is! If you put this inside your house on a platter for a party....well my guess is only a few hours :-)

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  48. Love it! If I ever live where it gets below freezing, I'm so doing this! It's so pretty!

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  49. Lovly southern1/11/13, 8:10 PM

    Wow! This looks so cool! Wish I could try, but I live in Tennessee! O well! Maybe next year.

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