I have always loved the look of ice sculptures and wanted to add that wintry feeling to my winter wonderland table setting. But I’m not talented enough to actually carve an ice sculpture and didn’t really want to deal with the melting ice. These DIY faux ice candle holders were just the thing…the icy look without the mess. Perfect for my winter wonderland decor!
A few weeks ago, I put together a winter wonderland tablescape, featuring some DIY faux ice candle holders I made from mason jars.
When I was searching for ways to make candle holders that look like ice, I found a really cool product intended just for that purpose. (You can find the “faux water” link under the sources below).
It can be used anywhere that you need something to look like water or ice but don’t want to use the real thing.
Like the faux water at the bottom of faux floral vases.
Or those commercials that have beer bottles encased in ice. (Real ice wouldn’t survive very long on a film set with all those hot lights).
And it’s actually really easy to use.
So I decided to give it a try for my DIY winter wonderland candle holders.
As a side note, I’ve been working on a video for this…but my video editing skills leave something to be desired so it’s taking longer than I hoped. I thought I’d go ahead and post the instructions now. But if you want to watch it in video, stay tuned. It should be up shortly!
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- Large jar or container
- Mason jar with a sealer for the top
- Marbles (or other heavy material that will fit inside of the mason jar)
- Disposable rubber gloves
- Faux water*
- Mixing container – it’s easiest if you can find ones that have measurements on the side.
- Stir sticks
- Faux evergreens (optional)
How to Make DIY Faux Ice Candle Holders
Step 1: Make A Mold
The first step of making my DIY winter wonderland candle holder is to make a mold for the “ice”.
This will go around the outside of the mason jar to hold the liquid against the outside of the mason jar until it has set.
Since I wanted a mold that I could easily peel off when the “ice” was ready, I decided to make it out of foil. Easy to use and inexpensive!
To make this happen, I found another jar that was slightly wider than my mason jar. I used this to make my foil mold.
Line the edge of the foil up with the top of the jar.
Then roll the jar so that the foil wraps around it a few times.
Fold the foil over the bottom of the jar so that there aren’t any seams on the bottom.
Then push the jar down to flatten the foil so that it will stand up evenly.
Carefully remove the jar from inside of the foil and you should have a mold.
Flatten any foil bits that may be sticking out.
Before continuing, put your mason jar in the mold to make sure it fits.
Step 2: Get The Mason Jars Ready
The next step is to get the mason jars ready for our DIY faux ice mason jar candle holders.
If they have any labels or other residue on them, you’ll want to clean all of that off before we begin.
Since the faux ice is liquid to start, you need to make sure that the mason jar does not start to float.
To do this, fill it up with something heavy. I used marbles.
Put the lid sealer on the top of jar.
The foil mold does tend to a leak a little bit, so you’ll probably want to put it on something that will contain the liquid.
I used the top of a small storage container, but a small plate would work, too.
You may also want to line the inside of the foil with a plastic bag to make it more water-proof. I didn’t do this, but I would if I were making them again.
Then place your jar full of marbles in the middle of the mold.
You won’t want to move the mold after we have poured the liquid into it, so put it in a location where it can be left alone for a few hours.
Step 3: Prepare the Fake Ice
Now comes the fun part. Making the fake ice!
Before you get started, put on some disposable gloves to prevent getting the mixture on your skin.
The faux ice comes in two bottles. Like an epoxy, you need to mix the two liquids together in order for it to work.
Find the bottle marked A.
Shake it really well. Next we’ll be pouring it into the mixing container, but we need to make sure to use exactly the same amount of parts A and B. This is where having a mixing container with measurements on the side helps.
Each of the bottles is 16 ounces (2 cups). You’ll want to save about 4 oz of each to top off the candle holders at the end so don’t put in more than 12 oz at this stage.
Then add an equal amount of liquid from bottle B (no shaking required for this one).
Use a stir stick to mix the two together.
Stir continuously for 5 minutes making sure to scrape the bottom and the sides of the container occasionally.
Step 4: Fill In The Mold
Now we are ready to fill in the mold.
Hold the stir stick so that the end of it is pointing down between the edge of the mason jar and the foil (where you want the liquid to go).
Then pour the liquid onto the stir stick so it runs down into the mold.
Keep pouring until you have filled the mold up to the top of the mason jar.
If you want to add some greenery to your ice, cut off little bits of faux evergreens. Then push them down inside the faux water liquid using the stir stick.
Let your mason jar sit for a few hours until the “ice” has set. The instructions say this will take 16 hours. But mine was done in about 8 hours.
The finished product is rubbery so don’t worry if it doesn’t feel like a hard surface when it’s finished…that’s how it is supposed to be.
You’ll likely find that the product has settled leaving about a half inch at the top of the jar that isn’t covered with the faux ice.
Repeat the mixing process with the liquid that we saved and top up the molds. Then let it for a few more hours until this new layer has gelled.
Step 5: Remove the Mold
After your ice has set, carefully peel off the foil mold.
It is possible to peel off the faux ice with it, so don’t go too fast.
Then remove the sealer lid.
If there is too much “faux ice” on the top of your jar to remove the lid, cut around the edge of the lid with a utility knife and you should be able to pry it up.
Empty out the marbles and your candle holders are done!
If you want to give your DIY faux ice candle holders more of a chipped look, you can take off bits of fake ice with your nails.
The bits make great table scatter since they look like pieces of ice. I created a bunch of them with the little bit of faux ice that I had left over. Just let it sit in the container until it sets, then its pretty easy to break up into small bits.
In case you want to make these DIY faux ice candle holders without the evergreens, here’s what they look like.
Adding some candles does make them shine a little more.
But I think they really get the icy feel when you put a string of battery-operated sparkle lights inside.
Other Winter Wonderland Decor Ideas You Might Like
- DIY frosted glass mason jar candle holders
- Winter Wonderland table setting
- Winter Wonderland party decor ideas
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This post was originally published on March 7, 2019 but was updated with new content on July 13, 2022.