Sunday, February 17, 2013

Ice Candle

When the days are cold and the nights even colder, you can make one of these beautiful ice candles. Or you can make a lot of them. They are practically free! Brighten up winter nights or illuminate a pathway with these luminaries created with a block of ice and a tea candle. 

Here's how to make an ice candle:

  • Grease the inside of a bucket. 
  •  Fill the bucket with water.
  • Set outside, away from the house (it's usually a few degrees warmer close to the house).
  • Make sure the ice bucket will not be sitting in the sun.
  • After 2 or 3 days (depending on how cold it is) upend the bucket. The water freezes from the top and sides, leaving a  hollow at the bottom. 
  • Set the ice block on top of a couple of bricks, or raise it from the ground some way. You want it elevated so the fire gets oxygen.
  • Set a lit tea candle below the concave bottom of the ice block. 
When the ice melts, water droplets follow the ice walls down and do not drip onto the candle. 

Of course, it must be below freezing for this to work. Temperatures just slightly above 32 degrees F during the day should not melt the ice. If the temperatures are not freezing, or in warmer months, you can do the freezing in a large freezer. Wouldn't that be pretty in summer?

Ice Candle


  1. I think I'm going to try this. It's freezing today and for the next couple of days. What a great idea!

  2. That is a beautiful idea! Too bad it never gets cold enough here. But I do have a deep freezer!

  3. Hi Susan - good luck! I would have loved to have some at Christmas or New Year. But the weather here, one day it's unseasonably warm, freezing for a day or two, then back in the high 40's. Thank you!

    Hi Jayme - I am starting to think that a deep freezer is the best way. Why wait around for the weather to cooperate! Thanks!

  4. What an original idea! I wish I had found this before spring this year. I may give the freezer idea a try! :)

  5. Hi Sheila - I remember seeing someone freeze a chunk of ice in a wax container with a couple of tulips frozen inside - that was so pretty! And putting one in the freezer would be fun for a summer party too! Thanks!