I have been longing to make a Winter wonderland themed Christmas table for a few years and I wanted to have some light elements that worked well with this. So, what would be better than igloo lights? I didn’t know how to make them, just that I needed sugar cubes. I found some at 90 cents per box, I bought four boxes and tried to glue the cubes together with a hot glue gun… Let’s call it the freestyle method or the “not so stylish method”. It didn’t really work out as I had expected, beside of all the burns I had on my fingers from the hot glue, it was a freaking mess, so I had to find a different way to make them. Then I went to my kitchen drawers and found some glass jars, the ones I usually keep when buying honey and other condiments here. Lithuanian honey is some of the best I’ve ever had, and I had my fair share of honey in this life, it’s all local, raw and just so delicious at 5 euros a kilo, it feels like a true bargain and I use it for baking, desserts and just as immune support in this grey and cold weather. I always keep the jars, wash them and keep them for storing foods, this saves me from buying and discarding plastic bags, it’s a sustainable win win, really.
But, let’s get back to the Igloo lights. I grabbed a honey jar from the drawer and thought “why not”? So I tried to glue the sugar cubes onto the jars and voilà, it worked and after some hours of work, I had six very pretty Igloo lights.
If you are into glowy lights with a Wintery Hygge feel, then you should definitely try making these, it’s easy when you get the hang of it. You just have to learn not to burn yourself with the glue, it took me about two lanterns to get it right 😉
You can make the lanterns in whatever size you want, but be aware that you need to be able fit a tea light or a candle inside, I made them in 3 sizes, using big honey jars, low wide ghee jars and small mustard jars. It’s important that you use jars that are even and have a smooth surface, if you want an even result that is.
- Hot glue gun
- Hot glue sticks (I used 2-3 per lantern depending on the size)
- a box of white sugar cubes
- glass jars (like the one on the pic above)
- a small knife
- a cutting board
- some paper towel for the glue gun
Then you just have to pop a few tea lights in and voilà Wintery magic is glowing in your living room…
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