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Elegant Outdoor Luminaries: Free

What You Need

Plastic bucket or empty-ice cream pail

Small plastic jar or storage container

Stones, marbles, etc for weight

Votives or tea lights

Cold weather, or a freezer if you live in warmer climes

What You Need to Do

1. Place smaller container in center of pail

2. Place rocks, marbles, etc. in smaller container for weight

3. Fill larger pail with water until it reaches 1 inch or so from rim of center container

4. Place bucket outside in freezing weather

5. Wait a day or two for the donut to freeze

6. Take out weight from center container

7. Add a bit of warm water to loosen and remove the center container

8. Submerge the bottom of pail in warm water to loosen and remove the iced donut

9. Add lighted tea-light or votive to center of donut

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matanuskagirl on Oct 16, 2007:

WE DO THIS EVERY YEAR AROUND CHRISTMAS TIME @ HOME IN ALASKA.  WE USE 5 GALLON BUCKETS AND LINE OUR DRIVEWAY WITH THEM.  LOVE IT!


stevenlundy on Dec 31, 2006:

Another nice variation is to put sprigs of spruce or cranberries in the water before it freezes. They add a bit of colour to the decoration.


Laura on Dec 07, 2006:

Another variation on this is to use standard balloons. Fill the balloon with water, blow some air into them to give a little more flat surface to the top of the water. Tie the balloon off, and set in a bucket (ice cream bucket works well) with the tie facing upward. Then monitor as you freeze them. When the ice walls are about an inch or so thick, pop the balloon. After you pop it, the ice balloon is left with water sloshing around inside. If the top (the side that was closest to the tie) is frozen over, chip through so you can both empty the remaining water, and easily place a tea light candle inside. These are beautiful! A little tip- they'll look clearere and more like glass if you fill the balloons with warm-hot water. DIY Maven, thanks for reminding me of how much fun luminaries are!


DIY Maven on Dec 07, 2006:

Followup to Mansabar's ?'s: I use standard sized ice cream buckets and a 3 cup tupperware container type thing for the center hole. Plastic peanut butter jars work great too. I use tealights in those aluminum cups so they'll burn out before they can catch anything on fire. But, if the tea lights would melt the ice, the water generated should keep any flames at bay!!


Manzabar on Dec 07, 2006:

Clever, but what size containers are you using?  Also, do you have any concerns that the candle might generate enough heat to melt through the ice and set your lawn on fire?


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