An easy and affordable way to decorate your doorstep in the wintertime or for Christmas, is to make ice lanterns. They are nice with just using water, but if you add some greenery, flowers or/and pine cones they will get even more beautiful and impressive for your guests.
ALL YOU NEED IS:
• A bucket or a big bowl. I used baking bowls making these.
• Smaller bowls to make a hole for the candle.
• Something heavy to keep the smaller bowl in place. I used rocks.
• Flowers/greenery that you want to use.
After you have filled the bucket/bowl with water and the flowers/greenery that you like to use, put the smaller ball in and fill it with rocks ( or something heavy ) . You can use tape to keep it strait in the middle if you need to. Then you put it in the freezer or outside (it needs to be cold) over night. Add a little bit of hot water on the bowls to get it loose when it´s all frozen. Then you have made yourself a ice lantern.
PS! Use candles with plastic if you have – they will produce less heat than the one with aluminium.
Ice lantern with eucalyptus, juniper and a Christmas rose in the making…
photos © Nina Holst