Ice Lanterns

Ice Art Series #2: Balloon Ice Lanterns and Ice Art



Balloon Ice Art and lanterns, lit with candlesThe cold has hit Stockholm. Neighbors have been filing by our house all day, pulling one or two sleds and with their ice skates slung over their shoulders; ready to hit our neighborhood rink and hill. I would love to share a super, cool, ice art project my son came up with this week. Tonight, imagine: these lit up our walkway! You can, too. See below for the How-to.

: These are a super way to keep kids busy in the garden but have something you’ll love, too. It imparts a sense of experimentation and satisfies the urge to create something new and unique. (These are, each time!). The super plus, is that these are fantastic party decorations for you. However, adults these are worth making just for you — for a party, a wedding, store front. If you have the climate to keep these frozen, they add so much magic and ambiance!

1. Freezing temperatures (or a freezer)

2.  Latex Balloons
3. Water faucet or hose
Note: If you have very young children, adult assistance will be needed for filling and closing the balloons; then, again later, to assure gentle hands for the balloon removal process.How to:
1. Find your Latex Balloons, water source and set up work area.
2. Use a garden hose or water faucet and carefully slip the lip of the balloon over the hose head, keep pressure applied to the balloon lip to avoid leaking water and fill balloons until desired size.
– Tie well.
– Place outdoors or in freezer — attentive to how you lay them down, this will affect the final shape.
3. Once frozen to ice lantern stage or ice sculpture stage, clip off the top of the balloon, turn up-side-down and drain water, if making the lantern and peel away the remaining balloon. (In a freezer (-15C–20C/0-5F) a regular sized balloon will freeze to the lantern stage in approximately 4 hours.)
4. Place a tea light candle inside the lantern. Light. Enjoy the magic!* Freezing notes:If you would like to make the ice lantern variations, keep your balloons filled equally, but, don’t let them freeze 100%. Your local temperature will be the gage. In a sub-zero freezer, a small lantern can be created in 4 hours. When the balloons are about 80% frozen, snip the top of the balloon and peel it away. It is critical that one side of the balloon will not yet be frozen and remains open. Drain any remaining water from this open side. By doing this, you will keep it from sealing and will have a perfect form for an ice lantern.

PSS: Thank you readers for your mails and for your photos. I love to see how you’ve used these and to hear your stories!


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