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Frost Lantern with Ice Flowers

In the cold season we like to make our home cozy. However, not everyone likes classic red and green at Christmas time. This idea, on the other hand, is not only suitable for Advent, but cuts a fine figure on the windowsill or dining table all winter long.

It is not only a beautiful handicraft, but also a simple gift idea that makes an impression! You can simply use empty mason jars or jam jars for this frosty lantern.

You need this:

  • one or more clean, empty glasses
  • Ice crystal effect spray
  • Gift ribbons
  • small tree pendants
  • Painter’s tape
  • Star stencil
  • Scissors, pen
  • Hot glue gun plus glue sticks

Cut out star template

If you can draw well, paint a star on paper. Otherwise, just print out a star template and cut it out. Of course, you can take all sorts of shapes, but we recommend that you keep it simple. You have to adapt the size of the template to the glass.

Create a star template

Glue several pieces of masking tape, overlapping each other, on a smooth surface. Place the star and transfer the outline. Then carefully loosen the masking tapes and cut out the star. Then stick this on the clean glass.

Spray on ice crystal effect


With a special effect spray (usually called ice crystal, ice flower spray or frost spray) you can now easily conjure up great ice flowers on the glass. The effect sets in after a few moments, the glass is dry again after a few minutes.

Caution: You should definitely do this step outside or at least by the wide open window. The spray has a strong odor!

Peel off the crepe star

Now you can easily detach the star from the glass. This point has remained clear.

Tip: You can use the adhesive template several times.

Decorate the edge of the glass

With a little hot glue we fixed the gift ribbon in one place on the edge of the glass. The tape covers the screw thread here. Make a knot and then, if desired, thread a small tree pendant onto one side, for example. Then make another loop and shorten the ends if necessary. Now you can directly insert a candle and the winter lantern is ready!

By the way: The spray can also be removed with warm water and washing-up liquid!

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