Freeze natural elements into these ice candles for a gorgeous display

Frozen Garden Candles Blend Fire and Ice for a Stunning Display

Looking to get a little garden therapy in these winter months takes creativity, but that is not a quality that is lacking from our guests today, John Gillespie & Christina Symons, authors of Sow Simple: 100+ Green and Easy Projects to Make Your Garden Awesome (Harbour Publishing). These frozen garden candles are a simple project that will gleefully help to decorate your home and garden this winter.Frozen Garden Candles

Make these cool garden-inspired candles to light the way to your next wintertime party. They take just minutes to make (plus freezing time), and are guaranteed to set a warm glow on a chilly holiday evening.


  • A pair of containers, one large, and one small, sized to fit the height of your candle holder as well as the width and height of your candle. We used a 2-quart (2-liter) plastic milk carton, a large yogurt container and a plastic condiment bottle.
  • Gorgeous garden greenery, rosehips, berries and seed heads

Make it!

1. Fill the larger container with about 1 in. (2.5 cm) of water. Place the container in the deep freeze on a flat surface and allow the base to freeze solid.
2. Remove from the freezer and place the smaller container (a candle holder is ideal) inside the larger one, resting it on the base of ice.
3. Tuck greenery, rosehips and small winter branches into the crevice between the containers and then fill this space with water right to the top. Place a heavy object inside the smaller container to prevent it from floating up.
4. Then carefully return the pair of containers to the freezer for at least 24 hours until the water freezes solid. To release the ice candle holder, remove the set from the freezer and allow to thaw just slightly, at room temperature. Or run the containers under warm water until the ice releases.
5. Set outside, insert candle, light, and enjoy.


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  1. Heather
    HeatherDecember 11,13

    I love this idea!!! What a wonderful idea! I’m definitely inspired!

  2. Sidney
    SidneyDecember 13,14

    I love this idea. Since I live in the south, they wouldn’t last long outside mist nights. I think that you could buy some clear votive cups and leave them in the ice, then use the electric votive candles. That would create less heat so they might last a little longer.

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