Ice Candle Holder
How to Make Ice Candle Holders
My husband and I went to a retirement party last weekend and lining the driveway were these beautiful round ice candle holders. I absolutely loved them and had to attempt to make them myself!
I’m going to have to attempt it a few times but here’s my first attempt with instructions so you can try it too.
First, I’d recommend buying a heavy duty 12″ balloon. I got a smaller size but it still worked. (this is one of the reasons I say I’m going to have to attempt it again.)
Step 1 – Blow up the balloon with air and then deflate. Fill the balloon with water at least 3/4 full. Before you tie it off, blow at least one or two puffs of air into it. (You could also try putting die into the water to make different colored sculptures.) Then tie. Make sure the balloon is completely dry on the outside.
Step 2 – Place in a bowl or on a plate so that you’re not setting it directly out on the snow or on a freezer shelf. The size I got fit into our cereal bowls and then the bottom molded so it was flat. I also put a paper towel underneath them just for cushion I guess. I started out with 3 but ended up with only 1 left. I tested one after 3 hours and it wasn’t quite ready and broke. My son decided to pick up the other one, dropped it and there went #2.
Step 3 – Set them out side if you live in a freezing state like I do! If not, put them in your freezer. Let them set for at least 6-8 hours for the smaller ones and longer for the larger ones. You don’t want them to freeze solid but you want them to have a good 1-1 1/2 inches frozen through to the middle before you take them in. You’ll just need to experiment with the times until you know when they’re ready.
Step 4 – After they are frozen, but not solid, bring them into your sink and cut off the balloon. You might have to chisel out a little hole in the top or the bottom of the sculpture. Then let water from the middle drain out. On mine, the bottom where it was sitting in the bowl was thin so I made that the top of my candle holder. I scraped that out and made a nice top. I did the same thing with the bottom but just made it big enough to fit over a candle.
Step 5 – Light your candle and place your beautiful ice candle holder over the top. You can also decorate around the base with winter type decorations. I have it in the house to take pictures (and to be honest it was snowing and freezing here today so I didn’t want to put it outside to take any pictures) but these are so pretty outside on a deck or like I saw them lining a driveway.
I also don’t think I left mine outside to freeze long enough as it’s still pretty thin. It’s still pretty, because it looks like glass, but make sure to experiment with yours because the thicker ones are very neat. None of these will turn out alike and they’re just gorgeous to look at.
Have fun creating your Ice Candle Holder! These are so fun to experiment with!