I tend to hibernate in the winter. I don’t like to go outside during January and February. The cold air makes it hard to breathe, and I just want to bury myself under a down comforter.  One thing that I do look forward to is making ice candles. They are easy to make and pretty. Each one is as unique as a snowflake. Water freezes at 32 degrees Fahrenheit, so if you live in a cold climate, you can create them outside.

Things you will need



Tea Candles

Food Coloring (optional)

Fill each balloon with water, while holding the bottom in the palm of your hand. Fill it about ¾ of the way full. Then blow into the balloon to create a small pocket of air. Tie the balloon and place it outside. Once the ice is hard, peel off the balloon and chip out a small hole in the top of the ball. The hole is the space for the candle.

To make tinted balls, add food coloring before freezing. You will get festive orbs that sparkle across snow-covered lawns. To change the shapes of the globes, experiment by filling the balloons to the top or even half way. It takes a little practice to get them perfect. I don’t mind if they are a little flawed. A variety of shapes adds to their charm.