Day 10! Welcome back to Scandinavian Christmas! Today we get to hear from another Astrid from the blog Fab and Thrifty-Something. Her blog is super creative and tells of all her awesome thrifty finds. AstridYou can find Astrid on Pinterest here and her blog here. This is Astrid's very first year participating in the series and I am so glad she joined in the fun!
God dag, I am Astrid and I live in Ottawa, Canada. I post about my thrifty, thrift store finds over at Fab and Thrifty-Something.
My father’s family is Norwegian and in 2010 I had the opportunity to visit Norway and Iceland. I like to include Scandinavian traditions in my family’s Christmas celebrations. Ice lanterns are very popular in Scandinavia to bring light to the darkness of winter.
Last Christmas, I received two Lee Valley ice lantern molds from my mother-in-law as a gift (the price is cheaper if you buy 2 or more!). The star molds are made in Norway. I was excited to try it out and cast a light on my dark porch.
First, I filled my lantern mold halfway with water. Then I added some frozen cranberries and pine branches for some festive colour. I then left my mold outside to freeze overnight.
If you plan on adding greenery, I recommend using a two step approach. First, freeze the water only halfway to avoid your greens floating to the top.
Once frozen, you can fill the remainder of the mold with water and leave outside overnight to ensure it's completely frozen.
To release the ice, run some hot water over the mold and slide the ice out very carefully.
Add a tealight or candle and viola!
The warm glow will light any porch or front entrance.
Want to make your holiday guests feel welcomed during the Christmas season? Why not try making one of these star-shaped Ice Lanterns from Lee Valley Tools.
Astrid @ Fab and Thrifty-Something
Another huge thanks to Astrid! Come back tomorrow for Day 11!