Holiday Ice Candle

Here is an easy, inexpensive decorative candle holder for your Holiday table.  (I can’t use the word tablescape!)  I’ve also done this other times of the year using rosemary and komquats or sliced lemons, etc. The photos are not actually step by step, but it gives you an idea of what I did.

Step 1
Buy a cardboard paint bucket from your local hardware store.
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Step 2
Find a plastic cup to put in the middle of the bucket.
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Step 3
Put some cranberries and Christmas tree branches or holly or whatever you want around the cup.

Step 4
Put something heavy in the cup to keep it from floating.  I usually use rocks or this year I used 2 lb hand weights.
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Step 5
Fill will water – around the cup.
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Step 6
Freeze it in the freezer.

Step 7
Take it out of the freezer. Remove the weights from the inside of the cup.  Fill the cup with some warm water and twist it until it comes loose.  Remove the cup.

Step 8
Tear off the cardboard paint bucket.

Step 9
Put it in a glass dish and place a candle in the middle.  You may have to remove some of the melted water throughout the evening.
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2 thoughts on “Holiday Ice Candle

  1. Great idea, Leslie! I’m looking for things my kids can do with their young cousin leading up to Xmas, and this will be perfect.

    Got any ideas of things they could cook as well? They’re making ALL of the dinner. Mexican is the theme, so they’re doing enchiladas — the rest is up in the air. Teen/tween ages are doing the cooking.

    • I would suggest when they make the enchiladas to put six (at a time) corn tortillas in the microwave for about 45 seconds instead of frying them in oil. Also, they can just cut all the tortillas into 1 inch squares instead of rolling them. It’s so much easier. I do it this way now!

      They can make cheese straws using puff pastry and Parmesan as an appetizer (I know it’s not Mexican, but they are delicious.

      They could make these, they’re really cute.
      Cream Cheese Penguins
      Just imagine a cute display of penguins, made with black olives, carrots and cream cheese! You can add scarves and hats by using fresh red pepper strips, or canned pimentos cut into different shapes. Use frilly toothpicks if you can.
      Makes 18 penguins

      18 jumbo black olives, pitted
      1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
      18 small black olives
      1 carrot

      1 Cut a slit from top to bottom, lengthwise, into the side of each jumbo olive. Carefully insert about 1 teaspoon of cream cheese into each olive. Slice the carrot into eighteen 1/4 inch thick rounds; cut a small notch out of each carrot slice to form feet. Save the cut out piece and press into center of small olive to form the beak. If necessary cut a small slit into each olive before inserting the beak.

      2 Set a big olive, large hole side down, onto a carrot slice. Then, set a small olive onto the large olive, adjusting so that the beak, cream cheese chest and notch in the carrot slice line up. Secure with a toothpick.

      I could go on, but I should probably stop!
      Let me know If you need any other ideas.

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