Here is a fun entertaining idea for a DIY Christmas ice mold. And yes we can agree the word mold is an unfortunate description for an ice cube with fruit.
Never heard of it? It is basically a giant ice cube with cranberries , orange slices, lemons or limes, Evergreen sprigs or Rosemary encased inside a cube of ice.
These ice molds are also called ice lanterns with a space between the ice ring to hold a candle.
Either way, with whatever name you bestow on it (I am on a Brit-Lit kick) it is a fun idea to step
up your entertaining goals.
DIY CHRISTMAS ICE MOLD
This holiday entertaining idea has been on my list of things to try all year.
While unloading the dishwasher, with an enamel bowl and ramekin in each hand I got the idea.
Don’t we all get our best ideas while unloading the coffee mugs at 5:30 am?
TIPS FOR CHRISTMAS ICE MOLD
- Make space in your freezer
- Set the finished mold on top of a plate or inside a bowl. The mold melts.
- Use filler like cranberries, sprigs of evergreen, herbs or boxwood (from your yard).
- Use any type of form for the outer shape.
- Choose a smaller form (I used a Ramekin) to create a spot for a candle or bottle of wine or seltzer. The size of the inner form determines if this is good for a bottle of wine or for a candle.
You are limited only by your imagination.
Get creative with the shapes and sizes of the outer form and the inner forms.
Shop your house (dig throught the Goodwill stash) for those odd shaped candy tins from the holidays.
Make sure to add any cranberries or shrub clippings in between the inner and outer containers.
I made this ice mold three times. I was so excited with the look of the first one I immediately created a second one.
Unfortunately in my enthusiasm, I placed the Ramekin in the wrong direction. I ended up with a giant ice block. It looked like the Stacked Ahi Tuna Tar Tare at Season 52.
I placed it in a planter by the front porch. Santa send snow!
My third attempt was with a 1/2 gallon cardboard empty milk container, weighted down with Ramekin. The space between the outer ceramic bowl and the inner milk container was filled with water.
These molds or ice lanterns (if you add a candle in the center) have a short shelf life. Unless, unless you add it to your front porch in the middle of winter or in an ice-cold drink bucket.
A floating votive would be pretty. I ordered these with bigger plans for next year.
Another idea would be to add it to a serving tub filled with drinks or a sink full of drinks (and a floating giant ice cube with cranberries inside. Think of it as cranberry and Rosemary floating ice.
I had so much fun with these ice molds and finding fun objects to use for the molds. Have you made these before at your house?
Creating a lantern or ice mold is a fun idea for kids or grandkids. If only we could freeze doggie treats and entertain our dogs for ours licking their way to the center likea Tootsie Roll Pop!