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A cranberry-kumquat ice wreath is a lovely outdoor Christmas decoration for your home. The only requirement for this project is that the temperature outside be below freezing. This ice wreath is beautiful and unusual and will last as long as the temperature stays low. Remember to make room in the freezer for your ring pan before you begin.

To complete this ice wreath, you need the following supplies:

  • 10 to 12 cup Bundt pan or other ring pan

  • 1 cup cranberries

  • 10 kumquats, sliced

  • 24-inches of 2-inch-wide red ribbon

Then, follow these steps:

  1. Fill the ring-shaped pan a third of the way with cold water. Sprinkle half of the cranberries and half of the kumquats over the water. Freeze until firm.

    Use distilled water to make the frozen ring as clear as possible, or, boil and cool your tap water.

  2. Add cold water to the mold so that it is about three-quarters full. Sprinkle in the remaining fruit. Freeze again.

  3. Remove the wreath from the mold. Thread the ribbon through the center and tie a knot and bow near the ribbon’s end, resulting in a large loop underneath the bow.

  4. Immediately hang outside.

Kumquats are small orange citrus fruit available at this time of year. You can leave them out, or use slices of a small diameter orange, lemon, or lime if you like.

If you don’t have room in the freezer, but have room on your porch or in your garage, just freeze the ring out there. You wouldn’t be making this unless it were freezing outside!

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Dede Wilson, CCP, contributes to Bon Appétit and Pastry and Design magazine and to NBC's Todayshow. She is also the Food and Entertaining expert for

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