ice lantern

Tired of making snowmen and looking for other creative ways to embrace the cold temperatures? Mix a little fire and ice by making your own ice globe lanterns. The instructions couldn’t really be simpler: basically you fill up a balloon with water, let it freeze, cut the balloon off, drill a candle hole, pop in a candle, and revel in the sweet glow. Instructables member Browncoat has a good tutorial, as does Rob Barrett, complete with video:

They look great outside lighting the deck, as Rob has done.
ice lanterns outside

Alternately, you can add food coloring to add a festive tint, like in this pic shared on Facebook by Jolly Learning.

colored ice globes