DIY Ice Candles Tutorial

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Fire + ice. Nothing brings the two together more beautifully than ice candles.

Ice candles add a magical element to a winter wedding. Line walkways, driveways or use them at the entrance of your venue. They are easy to make – and they cost next to NOTHING (assuming you have some tea lights kicking around the house.)

(If you like these, check out our ice shot glasses tutorial.)

Ice Candles Tutorial

You will need:

  • plastic containers in two different sizes (I used 2L and 1.5 L ice cream and yogurt containers)
  • rocks
  • water
  • duct tape
  • tea lights

Add rocks to smaller plastic container for weight. Fill large container 2/3 full of cold water. Place smaller, rock-filled container into large container. Use duct tape to hold it in place. Make sure you don’t press the smaller container all the way to the bottom. You will want some room at the bottom, as this will be the base for your candle.

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Place in freezer overnight. Remove from freezer.

diy ice candles Fill inside container with cold water. This should be enough to release it from the ice.

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Run cold water on the outside of the larger container. Do not use hot water or the ice will crack! (I speak from experience.) That’s it!! Now, just add a tea light.

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So pretty!

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  1. Posted by maria on February 15th, 2012 at 10:15pm

    so cool! not sure i'll get around to making them but i'll share this with my crafty friends.
  2. Posted by Christina on February 16th, 2012 at 11:57am

    Thanks Maria!
  3. Posted by taylor dedonato on February 16th, 2012 at 1:48pm

    wow! such a creative idea!
  4. Posted by Andie on February 18th, 2012 at 10:57am

    So when do they start to melt?
  5. Posted by Christina on February 19th, 2012 at 12:57am

    I had my candles outside in below freezing temps and it lasted until my tea light was done (about an hour). The candle holder didn't melt much during this time, other than a little puddle of water beneath the tea light.
  6. Posted by Andie on February 19th, 2012 at 10:17am

    Thank you Christine!
    I will definatly try this!!!
  7. Posted by Bobby on February 22nd, 2012 at 6:49am

    Amazing. They look stunning..I guess it's a race between the tea light and the ice as to which runs out first!
  8. Posted by ankita on February 24th, 2012 at 11:50pm

    great idea!!! how long does the ice stay put though??
    doesn't the heat from the candle melt it??
  9. Posted by Tyler on August 30th, 2012 at 3:13pm

    These are sooo cool! Great idea.
  10. Posted by Geethika on December 28th, 2012 at 2:16pm

    This is just a beautiful idea! :)
    Simple yet SO amazing! :)
    thank you, shall use it wisely ;)
  11. Posted by Lis on September 17th, 2014 at 8:36pm

    This is so cool. Would love to try.
  12. Posted by Amber Smith on November 15th, 2014 at 2:24pm

    I know I'm a bit late to the game but if you want crystal clear ice votives, boil your water first before you freeze it! I don't know why but it definitely makes a difference!
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