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Ice Lanterns

Create a warm glow on a cold day with these special lights

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Cooler temperatures make for cooler crafts! Learn how to create frozen-ice lanterns.
ice lanterns
What You'll Need 
  • Small and large plastic food storage containers, without lids 
  • Packing tape or duct tape 

  • Coins 

  • Water 

  • Add-ins, such as food coloring, beads, sand, or seashells  

  • Waterproof, battery-operated candle

Tip 

Before freezing, add opaque objects, such as small stones or evergreen sprigs, against the walls of the container to make silhouettes. Items farther in won’t show as well.

1. Use tape to suspend the small container inside the large one. Once the small container is in place, be sure there’s an inch or more of space left in the large container on all sides. Place a few coins in the small container to add a little weight. 

2. Pour water into the large container (not the small one) until it’s an inch from the top. Set the container in the freezer. Or if temperatures are below freezing, leave it outside. 

3. When the water is frozen solid, remove the small container. If it doesn’t lift out easily, pour warm water into the small container to loosen it. 

4. Remove the outer container. If it’s stuck, ask an adult to turn it upside down (supporting the ice so it won’t fall and break) and hold it under warm running water until it loosens.

5. Set the ice lantern outdoors on a surface that won’t be damaged by water. By day, let sunlight glint through the lantern. At night, put a waterproof, battery-operated candle in the center. Watch it glow!

More Lanterns to Try

Glowing Beads: Fill the large container partway with water. Add transparent beads, then freeze. Add more water and more beads. Continue freezing in layers. 

Sunset Cooler: Pour one inch of water into the large container and add red food coloring. Then freeze it. Add more water, then mix in orange food coloring, and freeze. Repeat with yellow and then red again, or use any sunset colors.