Introduction: IKEA Ice Straws

Add a cool zing to your summer cocktails with this totally cool straw!

Step 1: Materials

IKEA, the horror show that it is, sells an ice tray that makes cube sticks that fit into water bottles.

You'll need:
1 Ice cube tray (as mentioned above)
Enough straws to fit in each compartment
a Small bit of clay

Step 2: Preparation

Cut each straw so that they fit into the ice compartments. Be sure to leave it long enough so that they can be supported above the bottom of the tray by friction (that is, make them a tiny bit longer than the tray).

Next, pit a tiny bit of clay into each end of the straw. This will keep water out of the straw for easy removal later.

Push one straw into each compartment such that it sits near the middle of the cube.

Fill with water.

Step 3: Freeze and Finish

Place your tray in the freezer for a few hours or until completely frozen.

Once your tray is frozen, carefully remove each ice straw.

Removing plastic straw

I found the easiest way to remove the straw was to allow the straws to thaw for about 10 minutes. Then push a skewer through the clay and straw. The friction from the clay pushed out the straw far enough that I could grab it.

You don't necessarily have to remove the straw as long as you remove all of the clay. A clean pipe cleaner would work well for this. This way, you'll get a longer service life out of your straw.

Now go enjoy your Sunday Mimosa or afternoon Bloody Mary :)

Comments

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BartholomewH made it!(author)2015-05-04

Now that's the best IKEA hack I've seen lately

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kedier made it!(author)2014-11-18

TO COLD

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animedubbedonline made it!(author)2013-09-09

wonderful

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iminthebathroom made it!(author)2011-06-15

so sneaky, luv it

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ClicktoFLY made it!(author)2011-06-15

COOOOOL ))))

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Wizardofwesley made it!(author)2010-07-30

Great Idea... Making them now.. It gets real Hot here in Paradise....lol.. Cheers..

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BuckyOHare made it!(author)2007-10-10

IKEA USA
"Sorry, this product is not for sale on our website, check if it is available in your local store."
IKEA UK
"Currently this product is not available to buy online. Check below for availability at your local store."

My 'local' store is missions away off a junction of a motorway (M6). I can't drive, petrol is GBP£1 per litre anyway, all forms of public transport in UK are expensive, inadequate and unpredictable (yes, so is the Royal Mail). Buying off eBay will mean you get it delivered to you (eventually) and you can actually buy it online...progress!
I'm sure the cost of postage is negated by any petrol or other forms of transport costs needed to get to an IKEA store AND you don't have to go to IKEA. Bonus! Time Extended!
IKEA-YELLOW-TEST-TUBE-SHAPED-ICE-CUBE-TRAY
£1.99 + £1.25 = £3.24

BRAND-NEW-IKEA-RED-PLASTIS-Cool-Ice-Cube-tube-tray
£1.99 + £1.50 = £3.49

Short Straw

USA: IKEA-SET-OF-6-ICE-CUBE-TRAYS

Or you could try and make your own tray with potato plastic and test tubes... maybe.

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Heliosphan made it!(author)2009-09-27

Look what I found Bucky - http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/60146194
Yes this is the UK site.
On initial inspection it just appeared to be a heart shaped ice cube tray, but the photo clearly shows a black striped one the same as in this Instructable.
A new ikea opened up in the same town as I live last year, so fetching them is far easier for some, indeed. Agreed tho- finding your way around an ikea is similar to using a powerdrill on your eyeballs.
Its interesting tho that they have two near identical 'ice cube tray' product listings, albeit with two different codes. I wonder if one of them has been discontinued or something.
Regardless, for the better solution, I'd suggest doing-it-yourself in true Instructables ideals by getting hold of a small amount of silicone rubber, its not difficult, I've made molds myself of quite intricate shapes, and air bubbles aren't that much a problem, esp. for this idea.
Or maybe an even cheaper rubber substance - not sure if all grades of latex are food safe tho!

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Heliosphan made it!(author)2009-09-27

S**t, only just realised you posted that TWO YEARS ago!

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OhLeita made it!(author)2010-06-27

Oh heck, I was about to click a insightful reply and realized you posted this a year ago. :D Time keeps on slipping, slipping, slipping....

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pedla made it!(author)2010-06-29

Time keeps on slipping into the future, you old music fan?

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PACW made it!(author)2010-07-03

I'm not sure but I think the "Time Keeps on Slipping. . ." song might have been used in the US for a post office television commercial many years ago. Time is fleeting, Madness takes its toll. . .

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Kasm279 made it!(author)2010-07-03

Yeah, I can kinda remember the commercial... btw for those who don't know the song its Fly Like An Eagle by The Steve Miller Band

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PACW made it!(author)2010-07-18

Ahhh. makes sense now. I could not figure out why the post office was singing about time slipping into the future. Thanks - nice to know I'm not losing my mind!

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OhLeita made it!(author)2010-06-29

No, just old. ;) Uh oh, should I have waited a year before replying?

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criggie made it!(author)2010-06-27

I was going to give a witty reply, but realised that you've posted this today. So that's not gonna work. [cancel]

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OhLeita made it!(author)2010-06-29

That's what happens when lurkers like me try to post. We mess up the time/space continu..thingie.

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Taurgus made it!(author)2010-06-29

When you consider quantum entanglement and future causality, you may have actually posted before the instructable.

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OhLeita made it!(author)2010-06-29

At least I didn't divide by zer....+++carrier lost+++

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Rmg12 made it!(author)2007-10-11

Yeah our nearest store is warrington and I also think that buying online is better, and eBay is great, but I just wouldn't waste buying it off eBay especially with the postage strike, and also I can't drive yet (next year woo)

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Yerboogieman made it!(author)2010-07-01

Bloody Marry? Pretty sure you misspelled Mary.

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Phil11 made it!(author)2010-07-02

maybe he tested his 'ible like all good iblers ;p

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Progenitor+Plastics made it!(author)2010-06-30

I imagine chopsticks would work just as well as straws. Then you don't have to bother with clay.

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trebuchet03 made it!(author)2010-06-30

I thought the same.... In practice, this is not the case. The ice forms a tight bond... Perhaps if they had a polished and thermally conductive surface (stainless steel, for example) it could work... But that's a lot of infrastructure for a quick project. As suggested somewhere in the comments - soft fruit makes a good/edible alternative to clay. Either way, it's no bother.

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lindasew47 made it!(author)2010-06-30

I'm going to try using the microwave bacon cooker as a mold instead of having to purchase something special. My grandkids will love this!

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Questor made it!(author)2010-06-30

Be carfull removing the finished straws those trays can become brittle if frozen.

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CopperScaleDragon made it!(author)2007-06-22

Be careful on the choice of clay. Polyform clays can be toxic. Other than that, great idea! Jane

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timberW made it!(author)2010-06-29

I would think bee's wax or paraffin used for sealing jelly jars would be a better choice.

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xxxafterglow made it!(author)2007-07-15

Wonder if you could stuff the straws with some kind of food (fruit pulp?) that has an agreeable or no flavor? Apple flesh? Awesome instructable... enhancing normal activity, one straw at a time.

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dogbeardbirdbeer made it!(author)2007-10-09

nice improvement of a fine idea. now, how do i make a bendy ice straw?

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colterczyruk made it!(author)2009-03-30

yoo i jst make a spacer where the bendy part goes lol, it would work but it would just fall down as soon as u let go

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typenamehere_____ made it!(author)2010-06-29

Very nice idea. What I would do though, is to get a wide fast food straw and a slim store-bought straw, cover one end of both with clay, and insert the open end of the smaller one into the clay- covered end of the larger. Pour in water (not all the way!) and freeze. (you may want to use two pairs of cut straws, taped together, so that you can later remove the tape and pull them off instead of having to cut them open.

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naomi1431 made it!(author)2010-06-29

Hm. . . I wonder if you could use cut-down bbq skewers to make a thicker straw and avoid the clay. . . .

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audwee made it!(author)2010-06-29

that is the easy one. replug one end with the clay then fill straw with strawberry nectar, replug, refreeze. to serve take out clay plugs and thread on fresh strawberries and float in punch bowl or just eat.

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astrong0 made it!(author)2010-06-28

...So simple... yet so elegant... the circle is complete.

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renegade9 made it!(author)2010-06-28

I hate to do this, but ThinkGeek is selling a silicon ice-straw tray . . . with that center piece built into the tray . . . great hack, though, although I'd think the clay would add a wierd taste . . .

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trebuchet03 made it!(author)2010-06-28

I'm glad someone commercialized it :) It only took ~3 years :D

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GitarGr8 made it!(author)2010-06-28

I was going to make the same comment, I love ThinkGeek.

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GBMorris made it!(author)2010-06-28

To get the straw out easier, run some warm water through it.

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RFM made it!(author)2007-12-25

CAN I ASK PLEASE, HOW CAN I PREPARE TRANSPARENT [CLEAR] SWEET ICE

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Torpidai made it!(author)2010-06-28

To make Transparent ice (Like used in those big ice sculptures) you need to agitate the ice whilst freezing, a motor with an offset weight attached to the container should do the trick.

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darcythomas made it!(author)2010-06-27

As some other people have said sugar water freezes into a soft just a little bit slushy, ice (like a Popsicle) You could try using some artificial sweetener (you know the stuff diabetics or dieters use in their coffee) you may want to ad some flavor as well. In New Zealand (where I live) you can get sugar and color free juice powder (kinda like Kool-Aid i think) which would work nicely. To get really clear ice (sweet or not) other thing you would want to do (sweet ice or not) is to boil the water first (hat tip to everyone else who suggested this a well) For the best results you would want to boil the water (that has been through a carbon filter) for 5-10 min to get all the dissolved air to come out. If you put the boiled water into a glass bottle, up to the brim, and screw on the lid firmly, the water will cool and contract. This will cause a vacuum to form in the bottle. This will pull even more gas out of the water (It may be a bit of an over kill but will the best results) Give it ago and see what works, have fun!!

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digital01 made it!(author)2010-06-27

Go New Zealand!!!!! yay

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KittyF made it!(author)2010-06-27

Sugar water doesn't freeze as firmly as plain water or even flavored water. that's why ice pops can be bitten and why you can suck all the flavor out of a popsicle. Sugar water wouldn't work for these ice straw's I'm afraid, I believe they would collapse in short order.

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kassofcmb made it!(author)2008-10-15

Boil the water before freezing. makes clear (non cloudy) ice. Now sweet is a different animal. Sugar in the boiled water maybe? Play around with it and let us know what you come up with.

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AnqeIicDemise made it!(author)2009-04-30

Simple syrup, maybe? Simple Syrup is made with sugar in boiled water until it dissolves and its used to make sweet tea or as an additive on sorbets/ice cream. But sorbet and ice cream is made out of fine crystals so I don't know if it'd come out clear when frozen. Wouldn't hurt to try, either way it'd be delicious!

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jeffconnelly made it!(author)2008-05-06

boil the water first, there's another instructable on the subject.

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itsEMILagain made it!(author)2009-08-11

very nice insructable, and great idea! although, i really wouldn't call IKEA a horror show, haha!

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canida made it!(author)2010-01-17

Clearly someone who's never been lost in an IKEA display floor. ;)

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drakesword made it!(author)2010-06-27

If I get lost I just take a nap on a chair or bed. Eventually someone will say "Do you need any help?"

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