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Christmas lights unplugged: Make Scandinavian ice candles during the cold snap

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Denver's cold snap continues; and though "the weather outside is frightful,"it's an ideal time to make Scandinavian ice candles to decorate your winter garden, porch, or patio. The combination of fire and ice is magical. To make Scandinavian ice candles, all you need is a large bucket, water, cold--and we have plenty of that in Colorado right now--and candles.

Ice candle holders capture the beauty of winter. Their ephemeral nature adds mystery as they freeze and thaw, changing form. These ice vessels are beautiful by day or night, holding light in the ice crystals. How long they last depends on the weather and where you situate them, whether in shade or sun.

And as they melt, the solid ice appears lacy and delicate.

Once you get the basic technique down, you might enjoy experimenting with food coloring, adding sprigs of evergreen or winterberries, or adding glass Christmas balls, strands of lights, pine cones or other ornaments to the ice vessels.

Add ice candles to your stairs to light the way to a party or Christmas Eve, if the weather allows. Add a collection of ice candles to a table in your garden. Line a ledge of your porch with ice candles. Place a few where you can see them from inside during the long, dark nights of winter.

It's a fun way to warm up to winter! And with adult supervision, ice candles are a kid-friendly project.

For all the details on how to make Scandinavian ice candles, click on this link, which includes a helpful video demonstrating the Scandinavian ice candle process.

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