Amazing ways to use ice cube trays

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Don’t limit yourself to freezing water – get more out of ice cube trays with these creative ideas.

DIY paint palette

Decant paint into the separate sections of an ice cube tray. You can use the empty sections for mixing colours, too. Take painting outside on a sunny day with these easy-to-make outdoor chalk paints.


Organise make-up

An easy-access and orderly way to sort your cosmetics – especially eye-shadows. Use an ice lolly mould for cosmetics like brushes, pencils and mascaras. Save money and know exactly what's in your wash bag by creating these DIY beauty products.

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Aloe vera ice cubes for soothing skin

Squeeze aloe vera gel into an ice cube tray and freeze. When your skin needs soothing, pop an aloe vera cube out, leave to melt a little (to avoid freezer burn), then gently run it over the skin. It’s a fuss-free way to stay cool on a hot summer’s day

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Colourful ice cubes for summer drinks

See how to make colourful ice cubes and fruity ice cubes to jazz up summer drinks and cocktails.

Store leftover herbs

Freeze any leftover herbs with olive oil or butter in an ice cube tray. Ideal for when you’re cooking in a hurry.

chopped herbs in an ice cube tray

Stationery holder

Keep paperclips, pinboard pins, elastic bands, washi tape and other bits of stationery altogether on your desk.


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Organise jewellery

Keep earrings in pairs and other pieces of jewellery separated by organising them into the compartments of an ice cube tray. Discover how to organise a messy drawer with these DIY cardboard box dividers.


Jewellery split into sections | Ice cube tray | Storage solutions

Haberdashery kit

Buttons, beads, thimbles and cotton thread can fit perfectly in the sections of an ice cube tray. Put your tidy kit to work with this easy how to revamp an old shirt hack. mp an old shirt


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Store nails and screws

Be ready for any DIY job with this smart way to store nails, bolts, washers and more.


Nails and screws split into sections | Ice cube tray | Storage solutions

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