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Winter is here – try this at home!

January 8, 2021

Happy New Year everyone!

Now that we are a week and a bit into 2021 and winter has FINALLY made a return to southern Finland; here is something you can try at home: Ice lanterns.

These are easy, but you have to make sure you keep an eye on the bucket. I have a friend who said she has broken many buckets doing this over the years… The weather should also be cold enough for the water to freeze, sorry to say, but -1C might not do it for you.

In any case, fill a bucket with cold water and leave it outside for a few days. Check on it now and then and make sure it hasn’t frozen all the way through. If you can hear some water sloshing around, and there is a thick cover of ice on the top of the bucket, then it is ready. If the block doesn’t pop out easily, you can use a little bit of hot water to get it out. Empty the water out of the block and turn it over. Voila! You are ready to put in a set of lights, a tea candle, whatever you like to illuminate it.

Another fun thing to do (if the snow conditions are right) is to make an igloo out of snowballs, leaving a space to pop a candle in. Those also look very nice on crisp winter nights. Enjoy! 🙂

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  1. January 13, 2021 4:10 am

    You are bringing back memories of my time up in the mountains in Norway. I so loved living in the snow. We made a few snowball igloos and they looked ever so pretty.

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