Plastic or silicone ice cube trays will cost you about a dollar for three and you may be amazed at what you can actually do with them. Many people today have automatic ice makers in their fridge so those old ice cube trays have become nearly obsolete.
There are things however that you can do with those trays and many of those things have absolutely nothing to do with food. Whether you are looking for cool storage ideas, a way to prepare perfect sushi or you just have a few trays sitting around and you are wondering how you can put them to use, we have collected 40 ways that you can creatively use your ice cube trays and none of them include making ice.
From food storage to jewelry organization, there are many ways that those ice cube trays will come in handy. Even if you have an ice maker in your fridge, don’t throw those ice cube trays out. You simply never know when they may come in handy.
Make Christmas Ice Cubes
Ok, so it’s not Christmas but this is an excellent idea to keep in mind for the Holidays. Or, you could actually do these with a summer theme and use things that would be colorful and cheery for outdoor cookouts and get-togethers. The gist is to add things to your water that matches your theme so for Christmas for instance, you could add peppermint candies, cranberries or anything that has to do with the Holidays. These would be perfect for parties or small gatherings and will certainly be conversation starters.
Instructions and Project Credit – Kyti.me
Make Sugar Scrub Cubes
If you love sugar scrubs for getting out the dirt, you can make your own and form them perfectly with old ice cube trays. The ice cube tray slots are the perfect size for a sugar scrub cube that will last one time. By making them this size, you can store them all together but you only grab one cube for each time you want to scrub. These are great for gifts as well. Just make them up and add them to a mason jar or other glass container or keep them for yourself. If you love that pampered feeling but just don’t always have the time to whip up your sugar scrub, make it ahead with ice cube trays.
Instructions and Project Credit – Henryhappened
Make Chai Iced Tea Cubes
If you love Chai lattes, you can make your own Chai iced tea cubes to add to your lattes which will help to keep them cold without watering them down like normal ice cubes do. These tea cubes are very easy to make and you can store them in the freezer for several months in a freezer bag. You just mix up the ingredients for the tea and then pour into your ice cube trays and allow to freeze for an hour or so.
Instructions and Project Credit – Willcookforfriends
Instead of throwing out old crayons when they get broken or too small, simply peel the paper off, put them together in a silicone ice cube tray and bake for a few minutes. The crayons will melt into each other creating new crayons. If you use shaped ice cube trays you will have really fun shaped crayons for the kids. You can create new crayons of the same color or just mix a lot of different colors together. Note that you will have to use silicone trays for this as plastic will melt in the oven.
Instructions and Project Credit – Sheknows
Make Storage for Small Craft Supplies
Ice cube trays offer the perfect sized compartments for keeping buttons and other smaller craft supplies perfectly organized. You can use plastic or silicone trays and they will stack neatly on top of each other so you can clean up your craft closet or cabinet and keep it organized much better. Those smaller items will always be easy to find and won’t get mixed in with larger items. This is a great way to store screws, push pins and other items that can be painful when found accidentally.
Instructions and Project Credit – Bhg
Make A Paint Palette
If you are a painter or you have little ones who love to paint, you can use old ice cube trays as paint palettes to make for easier cleanup. This is a good idea for those trays that have cracks that won’t actually hold liquid. Paint is a bit thicker so it should stay in trays with smaller cracks. You can divvy up the paint that your little ones need for their project and avoid messes that can come along with larger containers of open paint. Plus, it helps to keep the colors organized for easier access.
Instructions and Project Credit – Realsimple
Make Simple Syrup Ahead
Simple syrup is great for adding just the right sweetener to iced teas and other drinks. When the syrup is in the ice cube, you can add as little or as much as you like so everyone gets their drink sweetened perfectly. You can make your simple syrup ahead of time and freeze it in ice cube trays. Then, when you are ready to use, just add as many ice cubes as you want to sweeten your drink. This is great for parties and dinners where not everyone may enjoy their drinks to the same sweetness level.
Instructions and Project Credit – Seattleseedling
Make Herbed Garlic Butter
If you love flavored butters and you love to make things yourself, you can use your ice cube trays to make your butter ahead of time. The slots in the trays are the perfect size for molding butter pats and it makes adding herbs and garlic a bit easier, too. When you need them, simply place a few of the pats on a serving dish. These are great for a number of recipes, too. You just have to melt your butter, add your herbs and/or garlic and then pour into ice cube trays and freeze. These will keep in the freezer for several months in a Ziploc bag.
Instructions and Project Credit – Wishfulchef
Save Lemon and Lime Juice
If you have leftover lemons and/or limes, you can squeeze the juice from them and freeze in your ice cube trays. Add a bit of water if needed and you can use these cubes for recipes or as ice cubes for teas or waters. The juice is perfect for iced tea and gives it a wonderful fresh lemon or lime taste plus the ice cubes are filled with juice so they won’t water down your drinks.
Instructions and Project Credit – Realsimple
Freeze Fresh Berries
If you love fresh berries but hate when you freeze them and they all clump together, you can avoid this problem by freezing those berries in your ice cube trays. You simply add the berries (blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, etc.) to the slots in the ice cube trays and then fill the compartment with water. The water helps to protect the berries from freezer burn. These are great for when you want a few berries but not an entire dish or you could use them to flavor waters or other drinks.
Instructions and Project Credit – Momables