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.
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?