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How to Make an Ice Lantern with Winter Berries

Ice lanterns are so beautiful for winter celebrations! Read on to get the easy tutorial to create these pretty ice candleholders.

winter berry ice ring
diy ice ring lanterns
diy ice ring lanterns

There’s something that’s just so lovely about the way that lights make ice glow, isn’t there? These pretty little winter berry ice lanterns are the perfect project to enjoy a wintery glow this season, especially if you live somewhere snowy.

You can make them, set them outside, and they’ll last for days! Light up your front porch or walkway with some pretty ice lanterns to lead the way to your home.

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How to Display Your Ice Creations

These pretty ice lanterns work best in a cold environment, so if you’re decorating your front porch for the holidays, they’d be perfect! You could even incorporate fall leaves instead of winter berries, if you’re mixing them in with your porch pumpkins.

They’d look beautiful lining a cement walkway leading up to your porch, too.

Or even better, if you’re having a winter wedding, line the aisle or your reception with ice lanterns and watch your guests fall in love. Just remember to never leave your candles unattended, no matter where you display your ice lanterns.

So let’s make some!

winter berry ice ring

DIY Ice Lantern Supplies

Materials

  • Empty cans in two sizes, so that the small cans can fit inside the big cans and leave about ¾” clearance on all sides
  • Winter greenery and berries (either fresh or faux)
  • Water
  • Masking tape
  • Freezer
  • Votive candles
  • Optional: small rocks
  • Container slightly larger than the big can

Make Time: 30 Minutes (Plus Freezing Time)

Creating Your Ice Lanterns

  1. Clean your cans and remove the labels. Gather your greenery and berries (Trader Joe’s has a great selection that’s really affordable!).
  2. Place a small can inside a large can. Snip off sprigs of berries and greenery and slip them into the spaces between the cans. We used about 4 sprigs of pine and 4 sprigs of berries each.
  3. Fill the space between the cans with water. Leave about ½” of space at the top to allow it to expand as it freezes. Place a strip of masking tape over the top of both cans, securing the small can down so that it doesn’t float to the top. (You also have the option here to place a few rocks in the small can to weigh it down.)
  4. If you live somewhere cold, you can leave them outside overnight to freeze! If not, place them in your freezer overnight.
  5. The next day, remove the tape and place the outer can in a hot water bath for about 10-15 seconds. Grabbing onto the small can, start to wiggle the ice lantern out of the large can as it loosens.
  6. Once the large can is removed, pour hot water into the small can and wiggle it free in the same manner.
  7. If you need to keep the lanterns cold, place them back in the freezer or outside. 
  8. Light your votives inside the ice lanterns and enjoy!
how to make ice lanterns
how to make ice lanterns
how to make ice lanterns
how to make ice lanterns

Other Low-Cost DIY Projects

Don’t you love DIY projects that are practically free? We all have so many supplies just hiding in our cabinets. Check out a few other of our low-cost DIY projects after you try the ice lanterns.

Have fun, friends! xoxo

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winter berry ice ring
Yield: Ice Lanterns

How to Make Ice Lanterns

winter berry ice ring

These pretty ice lanterns are easy to make and cost almost nothing!

Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $5

Materials

  • Fresh or faux berries and greenery
  • Votive candles
  • Two tin cans, one small enough to fit inside the other with 3/4" clearance (at least)
  • Masking tape
  • optional: small rocks
  • Water
  • Container slightly larger than the big can

Tools

  • Freezer

Instructions

    1. Clean your cans and remove the labels. Gather your greenery and berries (Trader Joe’s has a great selection that’s really affordable!).
    2. Place a small can inside a large can. Snip off sprigs of berries and greenery and slip them into the spaces between the cans. We used about 4 sprigs of pine and 4 sprigs of berries each.
    3. Fill the space between the cans with water. Leave about ½” of space at the top to allow it to expand as it freezes. Place a strip of masking tape over the top of both cans, securing the small can down so that it doesn’t float to the top. (You also have the option here to place a few rocks in the small can to weigh it down.)
    4. If you live somewhere cold, you can leave them outside overnight to freeze! If not, place them in your freezer overnight.
    5. The next day, remove the tape and place the outer can in a hot water bath for about 10-15 seconds. Grabbing onto the small can, start to wiggle the ice lantern out of the large can as it loosens.
      Once the large can is removed, pour hot water into the small can and wiggle it free in the same manner.
    6. If you need to keep the lanterns cold, place them back in the freezer or outside.
    7. Light your votives inside the ice lanterns and enjoy!

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