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An Ice Lantern Adds a Wintry Glow

Updated on November 8, 2013

Decorate for Winter with an Ice Lantern or Ice Luminary

Ice lanterns were created by inhabitants of cold countries to bring some warm light to the cold winter darkness. Ice luminaries are a stunning way to combine the cold ice with the warm fire.

Within the ice lantern the light bounce off of the ice cracks and imperfections reflecting the light to creates a luminous, mesmerizing and magical glow.

Ice lanterns and ice luminaries can be used to add a special candlelight to winter decorations, events and activities.

Create and use ice lanterns to decorate your winter yard, by adding ice luminaries to the porch or to illuminate a pathway.

Ice globes can also be used to create beautiful, glowing centerpieces for winter weddings, celebrations, events or to set a romantic mood.

See how to create beautiful ice lanterns using starter kits and for the adventurous how to follow some simple directions to create your own glowing ice luminaries to give your home or event a special winter glow.

Ice Globe Lantern Kit available on Amazon

Ice Lanterns Make Stunning Winter Light Displays

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Ice Globe Lantern Kit

Globe Ice Lantern Kit
Globe Ice Lantern Kit

The ice globe lantern kit comes with everything needed to make 4 ice luminaries.

Kit includes special balloons, freezing base, clips and tealights.


Enjoy the Luminous Glowing Ephemeral Ice

Discover Luminary Art - Video

Listen to Jennifer Hedberg discuss her luminary art created with ice lanterns and the fun that people can have making ice lanterns.

Ways to Use an Ice Lantern

There are many different ways to use an Ice Lantern or Ice Luminary for decorating:

  1. Decorate a winter yard, add ice luminaries to porches and paths.
  2. Light up a pathway for a winter outdoor celebration, event or memorial.
  3. Create a luminous centerpiece for holiday parties, winter parties, events, exhibits
  4. Add unique candle light and ice sculptures to a winter wedding.
  5. Create a romantic glow with ice lanterns.
  6. Use an ice lantern to chill wine.

Decorate with an Ice Lantern Globe

Available on Amazon
Available on Amazon

What is an Ice Lantern?

In it's simplest form an ice lantern or an ice luminary is a lantern created from ice, used to hold a candle or a shell of ice with a candle inside.

Jennifer Shea Hedberg of Wintercraft describes Ice lanterns as the following:

  • "Imagine a tray of ice cubes taken out too soon. What do you find? Crusts of ice with water inside. Release the water, and voilà, miniature ice lanterns.
  • So, now the trick is to do the same thing, but on a much larger scale..."

I like the description from Wintercraft of an ice lantern as an ephemeral (temporary or transient) gift from nature.

Ice Lantern Kit available on Amazon

Discover Wintercraft Ice Globe Lantern Kits - Video

In this informative video from Wintercraft discover how to display the Wintercraft Globe Ice Lantern Kits, celebrate winter and enjoy the glow.

Available on Amazon
Available on Amazon

Make Ice Lanterns from an Easy Kit

Jennifer Hedberg developed the Ice Lantern Starter Kits so people could easily make their own ice lanterns to use at home, at parties and at exhibits.

The kit comes with everything needed to make 3 soccer ball-sized ice lanterns at home including heavyweight balloons, clean burning candles, a clip, freezing base and insulating disc.

All you need to add is water, a place to freeze the balloon and a pair of gloves so you can handle the finished ice lantern.

The ice lanterns can be frozen outsize during the winter or in a home freezer, if there isn't enough winter cold, or you live in warmer climates.

Ice Lantern Starter Kit available on Amazon

Ice Lantern Globe Kits on Amazon

The same kits supplied by different suppliers.

Ice Lanterns Make Luminous Centerpieces

Available on Amazon
Available on Amazon

Ice Lanterns Used for a Holiday Centerpiece Amazon

Ice Globe Lantern Refills and Ice Gloves on Amazon

Ice Lantern Replacement 6 Balloons
Ice Lantern Replacement 6 Balloons

Make more ice globes with these replacement balloons.

Ice Gripster Glove M
Ice Gripster Glove M

These gloves will make it easier to grip your ice molds.

In size medium

Ice Gripster Glove L
Ice Gripster Glove L

A size large glove


Ice Lanterns Illuminating the Path

Image by Onthewhiteline
Image by Onthewhiteline

Ice Lanterns Lining a Walkway by Onthewhiteline

Used under a Creative Commons License

Create an Arctic Ice Lantern

Make an Arctic Ice Lantern - Video

See how to make an ice lantern using the Arctic Ice Lantern Mold from arcticiceman02.

Arctic Ice Lantern Mold

Arctic Ice Candle Lantern Mold
Arctic Ice Candle Lantern Mold

With the Arctic Ice Lantern Mold create a glowing hexagon-shaped luminary to light up your outdoor winter decor.

Mold measures 9 by 9 inches


Ice Luminary in the Snow at Luminary Events

Image by Rengber
Image by Rengber

Make An Ice Lantern

Image by Rengber
Image by Rengber

This is just one of the many ways to make an ice lantern.

This ice lantern can be made with any kind of available mold or bucket that will hold water for freezing.

For the extras:

To color the ice lantern, add in different colors of Koolaid and mix to disperse the color.

To freeze objects in the ice, add in fruit, berries, pine cones, twigs or other decorative objects that can be frozen within the ice to make more festive.

Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour


  • Mold or Bucket
  • Smaller container (cup or bowl)
  • Light - candle or LED
  • Water
  • Ice Gloves
  • Coloring Extras - Koolaid for different colors
  • Object Extras - Fruit or berries or pine cones or twigs


  1. Fill the mold or bucket with water.
  2. Place the mold or bucket outside or in a freezer so it can start freezing. Ice freezes best if it is below 20° F.
  3. Before the water has frozen solid, place the smaller container inside the mold to create a space for the candle.
  4. Allow the mold to freeze.
  5. Take the ice out of the mold.
  6. Drop in a tea light or candle into the hole in the center of the ice.
  7. Enjoy.
  8. Ice Lantern Luminary by Rengber
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How to Make an Ice Lanterns and Ice Candles

Videos on making ice lanterns from RogerMoenBreckCO, cooking4dads and arcticsun2011.

Materials to Make an Ice Lantern

To make your own you can use a punch ball for the ice and led tea light to illuminate your ice lantern.

Make an Ice Lantern with Frozen Decorations - Video

Ice Mold Sculptures on Amazon

More ways of decorating with ice, using reusable ice sculpture molds.

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    • HealthfulMD profile imageAUTHOR

      Kirsti A. Dyer 

      5 years ago from Northern California

      @seodress: I do too, although they aren't the best to make during the summer months.

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      5 years ago

      Wow!!!. Love ice Lantern.

    • HealthfulMD profile imageAUTHOR

      Kirsti A. Dyer 

      5 years ago from Northern California

      @BrianYoungBY LM: I agree that it is hard to think about ice lanterns when it's summer, but these are very beautiful.

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      BrianYoungBY LM 

      5 years ago

      These are Awesome! It's summer now but I will defiantly give these a try when winter comes around. Can't wait :)

    • HealthfulMD profile imageAUTHOR

      Kirsti A. Dyer 

      5 years ago from Northern California

      @InfoCoop: Aren't they?

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      5 years ago

      I've never seen these before. They're beautiful.

    • HealthfulMD profile imageAUTHOR

      Kirsti A. Dyer 

      5 years ago from Northern California

      @scrapquilter: They are fun wintry crafty ideas.

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      Myreda Johnson 

      5 years ago from Ohio USA

      I have not seen lots of these resources for ice lanterns before. Nice lens!

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      Elaine Chen 

      5 years ago

      Very nice Ice Lantern. I can't do this, really.

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      Lora Riley 

      5 years ago

      Neat candles! Thanks for sharing.

    • HealthfulMD profile imageAUTHOR

      Kirsti A. Dyer 

      6 years ago from Northern California

      @getmoreinfo: I think they are quite lovely.

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      Eleni Bat 

      6 years ago from Greece

      One of the best ideas!

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      6 years ago

      These Ice Lanterns are really nice.

    • HealthfulMD profile imageAUTHOR

      Kirsti A. Dyer 

      6 years ago from Northern California

      @Terrie_Schultz: Aren't they amazing. Now I want some cold weather to try making them.

    • HealthfulMD profile imageAUTHOR

      Kirsti A. Dyer 

      6 years ago from Northern California

      @Scarlettohairy: I was wondering too, so went in search of the instructions.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Very pretty! I just saw something like this online and wondered how you did it!

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      6 years ago

      These are beautiful!

    • HealthfulMD profile imageAUTHOR

      Kirsti A. Dyer 

      6 years ago from Northern California

      @CreativeGal: I like to try doing a lot of things on my own, so wanted to see if there was an easy way to make ice lanterns without the kit.

    • HealthfulMD profile imageAUTHOR

      Kirsti A. Dyer 

      6 years ago from Northern California

      @Aquamarine18: Thank you. I had just discovered the ice lanterns recently and want to try them too.

    • HealthfulMD profile imageAUTHOR

      Kirsti A. Dyer 

      6 years ago from Northern California

      @LisaDH: It's been cold enough lately that we could have almost been able to make one without using the freezer.

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      6 years ago

      I love that you give us instructions on 'how to."

    • Aquamarine18 profile image


      6 years ago

      What a beautiful lens! I have never seen ice lanterns before and I love them! I wish it had snowed here already so I could practice in my garden!

    • LisaDH profile image


      6 years ago

      These are really cool. I've never seen an ice lantern before, but now I want to make one!


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