Can't Wait for the Cold?

Posted on November 20, 2012 by Jennifer Shea Hedberg | 0 Comments

We hear it every year as the leaves fall - someone new to the craft of making globe ice lanterns surprises themselves by uttering, "I know I should want these beautiful 50°F sunny days, but I really want cold weather to make ice lanterns!"

If you are antsy to get started with your Globe Ice Lantern Kit, you will be happy to know that you can make them in a freezer!

So, go ahead . . . eat those frozen pizzas or have a party to get rid of that quart of ice cream and make a little room in your freezer for a Globe Ice Lantern Balloon (GILB).

The freezer instructions are in the kit and here are a few additional tips.

Tip #1: When you put water-filled GIL Balloons in the freezer, take a waterproof marker and mark balloons with a line (will explain later) plus the day and time the balloons were put into the freezer (very helpful). 

We hear it every year as the leaves fall - someone new to the craft of making globe ice lanterns surprises themselves by uttering, "I know I should want these beautiful 50°F sunny days, but I really want cold weather to make ice lanterns!"

If you are antsy to get started with your Globe Ice Lantern Kit, you will be happy to know that you can make them in a freezer!

So, go ahead . . . eat those frozen pizzas or have a party to get rid of that quart of ice cream and make a little room in your freezer for a Globe Ice Lantern Balloon (GILB).

The freezer instructions are in the kit and here are a few additional tips.

Tip #1: When you put water-filled GIL Balloons in the freezer, take a waterproof marker and mark balloons with a line (will explain later) plus the day and time the balloons were put into the freezer (very helpful).

Tip #3: Wintercraft GIL Balloons are tough, but If your freezer is used by others, it may be a good idea to put a non-breakable container under the styrofoam disc that can catch any water from a balloon that breaks due to others rummaging around in the freezer.  (I like the clear, flat-bottomed plastic containers sold at garden centers for lining a basket.)

Tip #4: It is very helpful to put a temperature gauge in the freezer. All freezers run at different temperatures and It can make a big difference if your freezer runs at 10° or -10°.

Good luck, have fun and send photos!

Posted in Freezer Ice Lanterns, Making Ice Lanterns


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