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Here's a lovely decoration for your next party, indoors or out. They are super easy to make and will be a great conversation starter.

Close up of Frozen Ice Candle


  • balloons
  • water
  • votive candles


  1. Fill the balloons with water. Leave a little air in it so the votive will have a place to sit.
  2. I found that filling the balloons with the sink sprayer worked best, but you could also use the faucet, a funnel, or even a watering can with a narrow end.

    Filling Balloon With Sprayer Filled and Tied Balloon
  3. Put the balloons in the freezer. However they sit, is the shape they will take as a candle holder.
  4. Once they are frozen all the way through, peel the balloon off to complete your candle holder.
  5. Set in place and light a votive to put on top

When you first put them out they will be frosty on the outside as pictured below. As they melt, the frost will disappear revealing the unique and intricate patterns of bubbles and cracks within the ice.

Frosty Ice Candles in Bowls

For an indoor decoration, I used floating votives and placed them in bowls as a centerpiece on the table. For an outdoor decoration, you could use a tea lights and place the ice on your patio or deck railing. They will add a magical light that evolves through the evening.

By Jess from Hillsboro, OR

Melting Ice Candles in Bowls in a Row

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March 30, 20120 found this helpful

What a great idea!

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April 4, 20120 found this helpful

super duper cool

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April 30, 20120 found this helpful

These are really beautiful. What a great idea for centre pieces for wedding tables, or any celebration. All the beauty and elegance of an ice sculpture without the outrageous cost!

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April 30, 20120 found this helpful

Jess, besides the unique interior crystal designs of each ice holder; I love how they mirror the color of the inside of the bowls!

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May 2, 20120 found this helpful

So pretty & different. Love them!

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