During the winter, you may think there is not much to be done outside. But I love the outdoors the whole year, and I think there is always a way to find happiness in the garden! Even if this winter brings feet of snow and below zero temps, that’s ok, because there are outdoor crafts with ice! So take advantage of those frigid outdoor temps, don some good gloves and a scarf, and head out to the garden to create these ice lanterns, ice luminaries and other outdoor crafts with ice!



How To Make Ice Lanterns & Ice Luminaries

Whether you want to call them ice lanterns, ice luminaries or ice globes, you can’t deny that these outdoor crafts are gorgeous and as a bonus, fun to make as well! Check out these tutorials from a few of our favorite bloggers.
Our first ice lantern tutorial is from Kate at ‘Den Garden‘. She shows us how to make decorative ‘ice gems’ (she calls them) for your garden with step by step photos… This is an easy project that’s lots of fun!



Learn how to make ice luminaries, from ‘Willowday‘! I love how the candle glows against the melting ice… these would be amazing along a walkway for a holiday party!



Want to know how to make awesome ice lanterns in these bright colors? Well ‘Queen Vanna Creations‘, used food coloring and created these stunning luminaries. These are fun and perfect outdoor crafts for the kids, too!



These DIY ice lanterns from Gabrielle at ‘Design Mom‘ are the perfect way to light up a porch or add splash to a garden to be viewed from indoors, perhaps during a holiday get together? If it’s not quite cold enough to freeze them hard outdoors, and you are just using them for an event, you can freeze them on a cookie sheet in your freezer, then place outside just before use.



More Outdoor Crafts with Ice

I have never seen an ice craft quite like these winter ice sun catchers from Tracy from ‘Felt Magnet‘. Easy to follow tutorial, these are so cool! What if you just used all blues, to create a look of glowing ice? Lots of possibilities!

Crafty Outdoor Projects with Ice


Want to make an ice outdoor craft that looks like you suddenly have the ability to craft your own giant snowflakes? Make lace and ice, with the help of ‘Resurrection Fern‘. Easy and so pretty!



Ice Lantern Mold Kit You Can Buy

Lastly, if you want to make these great outdoor ice lanterns, and  you want to do it the easy way… check out these ice globe luminary kits that we found on Amazon. Everything you need comes in this kit. And you can get a pack of 15 replacement balloons, so you can make ice luminaries every year!


Here’s one last example of what you can create with these gorgeous ice lanterns and luminaries!

Crafty Outdoor Projects with Ice

We hope you were inspired to make the most of winter in the garden with all these Ice lanterns and outdoor crafts with ice! We think you will also love out posts on How to Make Winter Planters, and DIY Outdoor Christmas Decorating!

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  1. gina December 6, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Thank you so much for including our Ice lanterns. These are just magical and created, in our house, by one of my kids! I gasped when I came out to see what our son had created — thank you for spreading the beauty! These are all a lot of fun!

    1. Kathy Woodard December 30, 2014 at 9:37 am

      Hi Gina! AMAZING is the word! Thanks for sharing them with the world!


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