December 12th

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Lights have a big part in our Christmas decorations. We have candles in every room and almost in every window or windowsill there's a wreath, star of something pretty with lights. And how about outside? We don't decorate the house or the yard with colorful lights or laughing Santa-figures but we opt for home-made instead.

So you'll need:

fresh winter weather with -degrees
candle & matches
hot water in a jug or bottle

It all starts with buckets. Fill them with water and leave outside in cold,
-degrees weather.
Ours stayed there something like twelve hours, but it was freezing -20c, if it's not this cold, it may take longer to water to freeze. The buckets seem to be all frozen, but only the top, bottom and the sides needs to be ice to make a beautiful lantern. No need to wait for bucket-sized ice-cubes!

Turn the buckets upside down and pour some hot weather onto them. This helps the ice to break away. Remove the buckets. You can see there's still some unfrozen water inside.

Pour hot water
onto the lanterns too so the top-part melts,
and you can pour the water out.

Your lantern is ready f
or a candle!

Wait until it gets darker...

Happy December 12th and the Third Advent Sunday!



Kerry said...

I've never seen those before, ingenious!

Mia said...

Hi Kerry!

We have them in our yard all winter round (when there's snow and it's minus degrees) and they are just so beautiful when it's dark outside. I'm happy I could show something new :)


Anonymous said...

This is such a brilliant idea, they're so pretty! :)
I probably could have made them last week but today the snow has gone and although it's cold it's not freezing and the sun is out!
Maybe the next time we get a big freeze!!!
Enjoy your Sunday Mia!
Vivienne x

Jane said...

Mia they are brilliant..if the artic weather returns here again at the end of the week, as is forecast, we will be able to make these!
Keep warm,
Love Jane x

Mia said...

Hi Viv!

Even you cannot make the lanterns now, I am so happy you have some light during the day! It's so dark here, and we're heading to shortest day of the year (around 20th of Dec.) so there's less and less light...I need more candles!

Happy new week soon!


Mia said...

Hi Jane,

These are worth to try, they're so pretty when it's dark outside. Billy might be a little puzzled, though :) ?

Warm and cozy week!


Anne said...

Pretty lights....I'll have to try this tonight. Very cold and windy weekend here.

Stay warm,

Anne at PlumCreek22

Pam said...

As Jane said, we are due more icy cold weather at the end of this week, and this is going to be a fun part of it.
Thanks Mia - and gorgeous pictures.
P xx

Mia said...

Hi Anne,

You stay warm too and happy new week!


Mia said...

Hello Pam,

Enjoy your new and crafty week and stay warm and cozy, and happy lantern-making!


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