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Snow Lanterns

Bundt pans are the key to this fun, easy outdoor project.




  • Snow
  • Nonstick or tinned-steel Bundt pans, in various shapes and sizes
  • Pillar candles
  • Spray bottle and water
  • Long fireplace matches


  1. Step 1

    Pack snow into pans. To release, tap bottom of pan firmly. If the snow doesn't come out in 1 piece, repeat, letting the filled pan sit outside for 30 minutes to harden; then release.

  2. Step 2

    Trim the wick of a candle to 1/4 inch, so the flame stays small. Secure candle on a flat surface, such as a step, by packing snow around it. Stack 3 snow forms over candle. Lightly spritz pillar with water; everything will freeze in place.

  3. Step 3

    Light the candle before guests arrive.

Martha Stewart Living, Volume 45 December/January 1996/1997



Reviews (4)

  • SibilantStorm 14 Dec, 2010

    Wildwoodlands -- if it's cold enough for water to freeze where you're at, this same project can be done with ice. Simply freeze water in your pans. Remove from the pans by running lukewarm tap water over the bottom of the pan or setting briefly in warm water. Brush the insides of the bundt cone section with a wire brush to rough it up a bit (to provide extra sparkle and soften the light). Place tealight candles in sheltered container inside the shape and light as above.

  • mary12986 24 Nov, 2008

    they remind me of coffee filters.. base looks like a bunnt pan ..maybe a lamp shade add wire to an electric candle.... or a tomato cage with the coffee filters?????????

  • wildwoodlands 25 Sep, 2008

    These are beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But there's not much snow where I live. Any ideas on how I might "fake" it???

  • marthaguy 5 Nov, 2007

    What a beatiful way to welcome your holiday guests! I did this last year, but I made the laterns and put them in two urns on either side of porch steps. They were beautiful!