Perfect Ice Cube Popsicles! bite size and no drips

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How to make mini popsicles that are just the right size. Plus they cost almost nothing and produce almost no garbage.

But first a bite-size story:
I wanted a popsicle. I didn't have a popsicle mold. Necessity is the mother of invention. So I asked my mother if we had any small molds like a bunch of shot glasses that I could use to freeze small cubes of ice. She said "you mean like an ice cube tray"? "Um, yes, exactly like an ice cube tray" replied I. So a bit more scrounging and I had some bamboo shish kabob sticks and a piece of paper. And the rest is history.
***Update*** There is another version of this here. It uses aluminum foil instead of paper.
Let's get started...

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Step 1: Materials

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You need
-Maybe some scissors
-1 ice cube tray
-several sticks, toothpicks would work but I used bamboo shish kabob cut into thirds
-1 sheet of paper appropriate to your ice cube tray (read on and this will make sense)
-a whole lotta love, neeeeerrrrr

Step 2: Prepare Sticks

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Count the number of ice cubes your tray will make. Mine makes 16 cubes so I made 16 sticks.
Cut your sticks into about 3 inch lengths. Mine were about 9 inches long so I cut them approximately into thirds.

Step 3: Fold Paper into a box shape

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Fold your paper such that it forms a box shape as long and wide as your ice cube tray and about 1 inch high. I secured the ends by tearing a little tab in the overlapped section and folding down the tab. This sort of worked but the next few steps held it together so it didn't really matter. Staples or a more sophisticated folding method would probably work too.

Step 4: Poke Holes in the Box

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Um, so you did use shish kabob sticks right? Good! Because they have a pokey end that is good for poking.
Place your paper box along side your ice cube tray and poke holes that line up with the approximate middle of each ice cube.
Very nice job! An excellent example of "Do the best you can with what you have" philosophy.

I loved making popsicles when I was a kid, and with my son when he was younger. You can even get fancy and make rainbow pops by pouring different flavors and freezeing between pours, or make the chocolate-covered by dipping the completed pops in ice cream candy shell stuff.
thehbird11 months ago
pgravance1 year ago
This is a really cool how-to and i can't believe I didn't think of this! Because i have one of those popsicle tray makers but the little stick-inserts are way too small and they just slip right out of the mold without taking the popsicle with it no matter how much warm water you pour on the outside of the mold so the popsicle gets loosened so yeah this is a great idea thank you!!! imma go do this now ^-^
n0ukf3 years ago
@CatTrampoline the paper box makes it hard to pour the later flavors in.
If you Staple the box-shaped paper (Step 3), how do you remove the mini popsicles?
snotty (author)  geppetto19553 years ago
Lift the paper off the top.
Keithr6063 years ago
This one should not be a finalist. She didn't make anything from popsicle sticks. She says they where bamboo shish kabob sticks.
There are a lot more out there that do use popsicle sticks.
TreyDolder3 years ago
I have done this since my kindergarten science experiment... thanks for the effort though!
lemonie3 years ago

Didn't you take any photographs of this?

snotty (author)  lemonie3 years ago
I should have taken pictures but it was more important to me to get this instructable written and uploaded before I got busy with other things. Maybe I'll add some later but I have to do my chemistry homework now :)