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This is a how-to post for all those who still celebrate winter, or even who are still surviving it. I read so many posts yesterday about snow, snow days, along with wanting the sunshine back that I had to share this old memory of a very cold stretch of days we had in Denver years ago. I have this habit of saving interesting magazine articles, some heartwarming stories, a few recipes, and those with good ideas. Just in case I need them someday, they lie in a large folder waiting. Once in a while I clean it out, knowing that some will only be useful for someone else. But some I keep, for a long time.
This year, the weather people predicted cold, and days of it! It happened; the temperature stayed below zero for over a week. And I remembered the article that I had saved about how to make Ice Lanterns.
Needed for each one:
one five gallon bucket
one liter plastic soda bottle
sharp craft knife and scissors
a weight that will fit inside the bottle-to hold it down (I think I used a
· fill the bucket with about 4 inches of water and put outside
· on a level surface outdoors, let freeze
· cut off the top of the bottle about an inch above the label
· set the soda bottle in the center of the bucket on the
· frozen bottom layer of ice
· put the weight in the bottle
· add about two inches of water, careful not to get any in the bottle
· when this 2nd layer is frozen hard, add water to come
· within an inch of the top of the bottle
· allow all to freeze hard-you'll know it's done when you tilt the bucket & don't hear any slosh
· remove the weight-peel the flexible bottle away from the ice-remove
· run warm or hot water (not too much) over the bucket to free the ice
· place a wide candle in the lantern or use some snow to support a taper
Here is my photo of that time. Icy glowing lanterns. It sometimes pays well to save things.