Sunday, February 14, 2010

When life brings you snow...

...we make snow lanterns!

Back when I was a child, waaaaay back when, in Sweden we used to make these snow lanterns when it snowed (which it did quite often). I always loved how they glowed so nicely, making the snow look warm and inviting.
We got a bit of the Southern snowstorm on Friday night, so I taught Sean how to make a snow lantern. Here's how:

1. Decide on placement so that you can see it from inside the house.
2. Make 6 snowballs about 3 inches in diameter. Decide where your opening is going to be for putting the tea light in there and for lighting purposes.
3. Place the 6 snowballs in a circle
4. Make 5 snowballs about 2 inches in diameter.
5. Place the 5 snowballs on top of the original 6, so that they rest in the cracks between the original 6. Place them a little bit inward so that they form a smaller circle
6. Continue making 2 inch snowballs and placing them on top of the others so that eventually they meet and form a roof.
(Tip: If it's not snowing when you make these, you can leave it without a roof. But if it snows, chances are the snow will kill your candle.)
7. Light a tea light and place it in the middle of your lantern.

Our snow has almost completely melted now, but it was nice to spend a few moments looking at our snow lantern on the porch!


Unknown said...

So cute... :-)

YD, sometimes with ♥June and ♥Angel Samantha said...

So cool!

Lisa said...

Lena, I love this....we don't really get that much snow, though (although, more frequently lately! :D) How is everything? Hope you are well.

Janice said...

That will impress my children even more than snowcream. OR! We could make a snow lantern and eat snow cream while we sit around it. ahhh, I think I just found a new way to amaze my children.