Summer’s starting to bring the heat, so it’s no wonder ice cube trays (and fresh summer drinks!) are on my mind. But did you know that the humble ice cube tray can be used for so much more than just making frozen H2O? Take a look at some of these other genius DIY ideas for ice cube trays and get creative. Of course, if you want to kick back with an icy beverage after all your efforts, who can blame you?
Ice Cube Tray —> Snack Caddy
The classic ice cube tray format is perfect for those who like to keep their bite-sized snacks separate. The insanely-clever hack from Jennifer Bishop is a big hit with the toddler set, especially picky eaters! (They may even ask for seconds…)
Ice Cube Tray —> Jewelry Box
Stud earrings, hair accessories, and other small baubles stay together when they’re stored in an ice cube tray. This idea from Laurie March is much cheaper than a traditional jewelry box and the punchy color means you’ll want to put it on display.
Ice Cube Tray —> Closet or Drawer Organizer
Similarly, ice cube trays are ideal for keeping track of lost buttons, safety pins, or any small items you may have floating around in your closet. Or, pop one in your home’s dreaded “junk drawer” for an inexpensive organizer.
Ice Cube Tray —> Frozen Food Saver
Think ice cube trays are only helpful for your beverage needs? Think again! You can freeze and save so many ingredients, sauces and meals in ice cube trays. The tray’s shape makes it easy to portion and thaw only what you need later. Pesto (pictured here) is one good example, but there are so many possibilities: fresh herbs, eggs, baby food…and the list goes on. It’s practically a foodie’s best friend.
Ice Cube Tray —> “Car Crayon” Mold
This clever craft from Camilla Fabbri is a good way to use up all of your kids’ broken or worn-down crayons. You could go with the traditional cube form factor, but silicone trays in fun shapes make the rainbow crayons even more appealing to kids. Best of all? After you put the crayon bits into the ice cube trays, you can use the natural summer heat in your car to do all the hard melting work for you! Head over to Family Chic to get all the instructions.
Which ice cube tray idea was even cooler than being cool (aka ice cold)? And do you have any more smart ways to reuse ice cube trays? Tell us in the comments!