Streamlined, Stunning Ice Lanterns to Make in a Flash...Almost Free!

Doodle T and Me!
by Doodle T and Me!
2 Materials
10 Minutes

I love the fleeting dazzle of Ice Lanterns...and I found the Simplest Steps to Creating these "Frozen-Inspired" Lanterns in a Flash and Almost Free...

What You Need:

  1. Below Freezing Night Temperatures
  2. Empty Coated-Paper Milk Carton - Half Gallon
  3. Plastic 8 oz. Cup
  4. Water to fill the carton
  5. Packing Tape
  6. Candle

First, Open the Top of the Carton. Tighten the Plastic Cap to secure and leave it on the carton.

Insert a Plastic Cup into the top of the Carton - Keep the edge of the Cup flush with the top of the Carton.

Plastic 8 oz. Cups...Amazon LINK.

Secure the Cup in place with 1 strip of Packing Tape. Tape from side to side and across the middle of the Cup.

Fill the Carton with Water. Do not fill the Cup with water.

Set the Water-filled Carton Outside in Below-Freezing Temps.

Once the Water is Frozen Solid, Pull off the Tape and Remove the Cup. The Cup will Create an indentation for placement of the Candle.

Gently Tear Off the Carton...

To Reveal the Ice Lantern! Wow!

Insert a Candle for the Magical Icy Sparkle.

Votive Candles...Amazon LINK.

And If, by chance, You Don't Live in Freezing Temps, Try Creating the Ice Lantern in Your Freezer...Snuggled up Cozy and Cold next to the Ice Cream and Frozen Pizza. :)

Set Outside to Enjoy the Night Time Icy Glow!

For All the Magic - Jeanne of Doodle T and Me!

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  • Brigette Brigette on Feb 11, 2022

    Do you think this would work with silicone molds??

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  • Doodle T and Me! Doodle T and Me! on Feb 12, 2022

    Hi Janice - Glad you love the Ice Lanterns...and Yes...super easy to create...let the freezing temps do all the work! Jeanne of Doodle T and Me!

  • Patty Patty on Jan 21, 2023

    I've never seen these. Very pretty.

    • Doodle T and Me! Doodle T and Me! on Jan 22, 2023

      Hi Patty - so glad you like the ice lanterns! They are pretty, but fleeting...kind of like Winter! Jeanne of Doodle T and Me!