Ice Lanterns are a niche product. Jennifer Hedberg admits that. In fact, the biggest challenge for Wintercraft Globe Ice Lantern Kits is simply getting the word out about their product.
But, once you’e seen it, more often than not, you’re hooked.
Ice Lanterns are a mix of science as old as the earth, so they become an educational and fun family-oriented project that all ages can enjoy. Because these lanterns are made of real ice, they are intriguing decorations that can be kept inside or outside for as long as the temperature may allow.
They’ll captivate you with the process by which they’re made and by the beauty they add to your decor.
“Globe Ice Lanterns are easy to make and use,” said Hedberg, who developed the product in 2009. “Each Globe Ice Lantern has its own personality, meaning that, just like snowflakes, each one has a unique pattern. Wintercraft Globe Ice Lantern Kits make a terrific holiday gift for all-ages and both genders. Everyone finds the magic in it, and they are the perfect way to celebrate winter. It is also fun to give the gift of a Globe Ice Lantern that is already made and ready to light up.”
The process is simple. Within the kits are strong, durable water balloons that you fill up to the size you’d prefer for your ice lantern. You clamp the balloon to close it, and you place it on a provided base that helps form the bottom of the balloon. Then, you place it in a freezer or outside when its cold so the water can begin turning to ice.
The ice freezes from the outside in, and the longer you let it freeze, the thicker the shell of the ice globe will be. The base, while insulated, keeps the bottom from freezing. Once you are ready to display your ice globe, you pop the balloon and release the unfrozen water from the inside of the globe through the unfrozen bottom. At that point, the ice globe is ready for a light source—candle, holiday lights, etc.—to illuminate the finished product.
It can last all winter if left outside in below freezing temps. Even in the summer or inside, it can last from 5-24 hours depending on the size and thickness of the ice globe. You can line your outdoor stairs with them, put them in your home as a table centerpiece or hang them outside your door.
It’s a do-it-yourself kit that provides holiday fun and a science experiment all rolled into one.
“One of my favorite parts about this business is the feedback from people,” Hedberg said. “I love hearing, ‘I’m looking forward to winter this year!’ It fuels my creativity.”
It’s a perfect match for Holidazzle, which has been bringing people together to enjoy the holiday season for more than two decades. It is a chance for people to learn about a new craft, bring it home and try it out with friends and family.
You can visit Holidazzle on Thursdays through Sundays from Friday, November 24 through Saturday, December 23. Holidazzle is open Thursdays from 5-9 pm, Fridays from 5-10 pm, Saturdays from 11 am-10 pm and Sundays from 11 am-7 pm.
“Downtown Minneapolis is a dynamic place, and it’s exciting to see community events continue as a part of a thriving business, arts and entertainment environment,” Hedberg said. “Holidazzle is a wonderful way for all generations of people to interact and spend time together and enjoy all that downtown Minneapolis has to offer.”
It’s an opportunity for people to get to know Wintercraft, and it’s a chance for Wintercraft to enjoy being part of a holiday tradition in our downtown community.
“So many people are screaming for people to get outside. One of the many benefits of learning how to make globe ice lanterns is that it will get you outside playing—yes, I said playing—in the cold,” Hedberg said. “When a person plays, they forget that they were moaning and groaning in the cold, because they are having fun!”