Valentine’s Day is around the corner and what better way to brighten up a chilly evening than with a romantic rosey ice luminary.
This year, I’m going to surprise my husband with his favorite dinner, steak and potatoes au gratin. And to set the scene, I’ll have one of these luminaries glowing outside to welcome him home from work. Since my luminaries are about ten inches high, I’ll get it closer to eye-level by setting it in a tall, snow-filled planter next to the front door.
Several luminaries would also look so pretty lighting up a snowy walkway.
These are super easy to make, but require a little advance planning. You’ll want to prepare these the day before your cozy Valentine evening.
What you’ll need for this craft are two plastic containers, one smaller than the other. I used a 32–ounce yogurt container for the base and a 5–ounce container for the inside.
You’ll also need roses and a tea light candle. I dried my roses, but that’s not necessary. If you're short on flowers, try using the petals only.
Start with clean containers and fill the larger one with water and drop in the flowers. Place the smaller container on top and fill it with water so that it floats with both container rims level. Place in the freezer, or outdoors if it’s cold enough.
When frozen completely, run some lukewarm water on the outside of the container until the luminary slides out. Remove the smaller container. Place the candle inside and light for instant romance!
If temperatures are above freezing outdoors, you can always place your ice luminary on a plate and set it out as a centerpiece when dinner is ready. It will set off a romantic glow through dessert.
Vanessa Tsumura lives in Wisconsin with her family. She blogs about crafts and DIY projects atBluet & Clover.
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