Skip to main content

See also:

Scandinavian ice candles: a slide show with DIY tips

Five-gallon plastic buckets work well for Scandinavian ice candles, but you may use larger or smaller forms, too. Add food coloring to tint the ice.
Five-gallon plastic buckets work well for Scandinavian ice candles, but you may use larger or smaller forms, too. Add food coloring to tint the ice.
Colleen Smith

The Polar Vortex is especially good for one winter project: making Scandinavian ice candles. Winter gardens possess their own beauty; and adding Scandinavian ice candles to the garden, patio or porch brings to light the splendor of the season. Beautiful and delicate as glass, but ephemeral as snowmen, ice candles look lovely by day as they catch sunlight or by night as they reflect the glow of flames or even strands of lights.

Scandinavian ice candles help us warm up to winter's beauty.
Scandinavian ice candles help us warm up to winter's beauty.
Colleen Smith for Friday Jones Publishing

Making ice candle holders is a simple winter project. All you need is a bucket or other container, water, and cold. Making ice vessels requires temperatures below freezing, obviously; but this winter project works best when the mercury dips quite low.

Ice candles are a marvelous way to add interest to your winter garden, porch or patio. And they're easy enough that you can get the kids involved in the project.

This link includes all the how-to information for making ice candles, including a helpful video. Ice candles: easy, economical, winter romance unplugged. And here's another link with more tips for making Scandinavian ice candles.

Click through the slide show on this page for images with design ideas--including colored ice candles--and more do-it-yourself ideas.

Making Scandinavian ice candles will help you warm up to winter. Crafting vessels of ice is a winter project so fun that you just might find yourself welcoming a cold snap.

••• "Cultivate your corner of the world.

You grow your garden; your garden grows you." •••

Colleen Smith writes from and gardens in Denver, Colorado. She's been a longtime regular contributor to The Denver Post, Colorado Expression, Sunset Magazine, and other publications.

• Colleen Smith's gift book "Laid-Back Skier" makes a charming gift! This whimsical, inspirational book features original illustrations of ski bunnies and encouragement for life's ups and downs.

Watch "Laid-Back Skier's" brief YouTube video here.

• Colleen Smith’s first novel, “Glass Halo”—a finalist for the 2010 Santa Fe Literary Prize — is available in hardcover or e—book.
To learn more:

FridayJonesPublishing.com

GlassHaloNovel.com

"Like" Friday Jones Publishing on Facebook for frequent posts on gardening and other fresh topics.

Follow FridayPublisher on Twitter.

Follow FridayJonesWags on Pinterest.