Before the Frost

Jennifer Shea Hedberg | 18 October, 2016

Wintercraft Flower Gathering gardener Elizabeth

One of the projects in my Ice Luminary Magic! book is how to make a Bucket Lantern with flowers frozen into the ice. It is one of several projects involving flowers and I love to make them for myself and others! 

During the summer months, I rarely buy flowers to put in my ice because they are so readily available outside in my garden. But in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with the threat of a frost now nipping every night, I have made several flower acquisition trips to friends and neighbors who offer them. The knowledge that their flowers will live on in ice after the rest of their garden is killed by frost, makes some of my friends excited to part with a few stems of pink hydrangea, salvia, and even late-blooming roses!

These flowers and greens from my friend Elizabeth Carr will look beautiful together in a tower of ice. (I will edit this post with photos when the floral bucket ice lantern has finished freezing in my deep freezer.) Thanks Elizabeth!

Wintercraft flowers from Elizabeth for ice project in Ice Luminary Magic Book

Try an easy project to use some of your fall-blooming flowers leaves . . .

Wintercraft Leaves in Bundt pan make nice base for Globe Ice Lantern

Start by (#1) clipping a few brightly colored blossoms or leaves and (#2)arrange them in a bundt pan. (#3)Fill the bundt pan with water and (#4)lay it flat in a deep freezer to freeze (You can freeze it solid, but the interior ice tends to get white). (#5)Release the ice from the mold and (#6)store in plastic bags in the freezer. When you are ready to use them, the bundt pan-shaped ice that's filled with flowers or leaves works beautifully as a base for a Globe Ice Lantern. (After I took this photo, I added a wreath of greens to hide the bowl.) Beautiful, easy and you can pull out the ice in the middle of winter and remember the glory of your garden during autumn!

Enjoy the Glow!

Jennifer Shea Hedberg - The Ice Wrangler



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