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I’m always looking for easy and cheap ways to spruce up my porch for the holiday season. I love cedar and juniper branches, and anywhere I can add a pop of color with cranberries looks very festive. When I found these Holiday Ice Lanterns, I knew I just HAD to make them, and you will too. They are completely DIY and will cost you less than $5 if you gather your botanical items from the outdoors. Check it out!

What you’ll need:

2 containers of different sizes, such as an 18 Oz. Weck Jar and a 6 Oz. Spice Jar
Electrical tape
Foraged finds (orange or clementine slices, cedar branches, pine needles, juniper berries, cranberries, etc.)
Flameless tealights or votives
Below freezing outdoor temperatures (or a freezer)






How to:

Use electrical tape to center the smaller container inside the larger one. N.B. The water will keep the the container afloat, but you’ll need the tape to keep it centered.

After you have your center container in place, add botanical elements, but don’t overfill with greenery or else your lanterns won’t hold together.

If you have snow or freezing temperatures, freeze your lanters outisde. Check them often, if you’re using glass containers to freeze your lanterns in, they could burst.

After they’re frozen, remove the tape and loosen the jars by running them under lukewarm water.


Source: Gardenista