Sunday, January 03, 2010

Snow Lanterns

Here is a photo of the entrance to the restaurant on New Year's Eve 2009. We made ice lanterns, the five glowing lights on the walkway. They looked really great in real life. They glowed brightly. As an unexpected bonus, I used scented candles and the customers said that they could smell the candles coming up the walkway before they saw the candles.
I purchased thick off white candles at Pier 1 and didn't even notice that they were scented!
(I will have to pay more attention to that in the future. Imagine doing a pine scented candle for ice lanterns at Christmas...)
The above photo is the directions for the procedure of making the lanterns. A couple of things I learned for making multiple lanterns...

-Fill the inner jar (I used an empty can of tennis balls) with sand or pebbles in addition to taping it in place. This helps with candle placement.
-Give enough time for the lanterns to freeze solidly. I set them on the side of the restaurant to keep snow from falling on them. This gave them a little bit of cover -and even though they were set out for 24 hours in 20 degree weather, they didn't freeze thoroughly...
-Spend some time saving containers a month of so in advance... this way if you find a good size container for either the candle slot or the overall ice lantern, you will have it ready when you go to make them. Some things that will work well, ricotta containers, tennis ball cans, racquet ball cans, ice cream buckets.
close up of lanterns -- I like the simplicity of the shapes

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