upcycling ideas {Valentine’s Day ice cubes}

upcycling ideas - heart mini muffin tin ice cubes

*an explanation for this awesome graphic can be found at the bottom of this post

Just because we’re living out of a hotel seemingly just waiting for the perfect house to come and find us so we can buy it already doesn’t mean I can’t get a little Valentine’s Day inspiration at the thrift store, right?!?!  And because I’m always looking for upcycling ideas for thrift store finds, when I came across this heart mini muffin tin for $0.49 when I was big thriftin’ my first thought was “ice cubes!”.

More specifically I thought red, heart shaped ice cubes would be the perfect accompaniment to any Valentine’s Day beverage.

heart ice cubes



upcycling ideas - thrift store heart shaped mini muffin tin used as an ice cube tray for Valentine's Day

I started with a pint of fresh raspberries, added a touch of cranberry juice and puree them in a blender. (Actually, I called in the big guns and Chef Peter helped me since I don’t actually have a kitchen these days.  Thanks Chef!)
upcycling ideas - use a heart mini muffin tin to make Valentine's Day ice cubesWe opted to not bother straining out any seeds, the advantage of using a really good quality blender that pretty much purees all the seeds, too.  :)
upcycling ideas - use a heart mini muffin tin to make Valentine's Day ice cubesThis goes without saying, but the very first step was giving that mini muffin tin a solid scrubbing or two.  I’m all about upcycling ideas using thrift store finds, but I am not all about upcycling germs.  But, I do eat in restaurants and trust someone else to wash the dishes that make my food.  A few scrub downs of this mini muffin tin and she was good to go for my own use.

Then just pour your puree in the tin and freeze.
upcycling ideas - use a heart mini muffin tin to make Valentine's Day ice cubesMan, it’s nice to have someone to pour the puree so I can take a picture.  :)

And a bartender to make up a tasty martini for me to try my new creation.
upcycling ideas - thrift store heart shaped mini muffin tin used as an ice cube tray for Valentine's Day

Audrey’s Martini
2 oz Effen Black Cherry Vodka
.75 oz Absolute Vanilla Vodka
.25 Absolute Citron Vodka
sugar rim
raspberry puree heart shaped ice cube

Yum, right?!?!  Well, I don’t have to ask you, I’m the lucky one who got to try it.  And it is perfect with an added little touch of raspberry.  To get the cubes out of the tin I just let them thaw maybe 5 minutes and then used a plastic knife, worked like a charm.

And for the non alcoholic drinkers and kids in your life … it’s pretty perfect for any clear beverage really.  Stir it up after it dissolves and you’ve got a tasty little pink concoction with just a hint of raspberry flavor.
upcycling ideas - thrift store heart shaped mini muffin tin used as an ice cube tray for Valentine's DayWhat a fun an easy little surprise to put a heart shaped ice cube in your loved one’s beverages for Valentine’s Day.

What tricks to do you have up your sleeve for next week’s day of love?  And now that I think about it, this hotel livin’ ain’t half bad.  Thanks again to Peter and Audrey for your help!!  Next week, “how to make a bed like a pro” by the housekeeping department.  ;)

And check out our other upcycling ideas here.

Oh, and the graphic … my buddy Kelly and couple of her buddies are having a fun link party for us all to mock show our love for our loves.  I really couldn’t pass up the opportunity.  Find out more here.

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Comments

  1. says

    Hi Karah! I think your handsome guy is right…those fancy ice cubes are going to be huge! Thanks for sharing your ice cubes and your guy with us at the “Hey Girl” party.

  2. says

    Love the meme and the raspberry ice cube idea! We are also living in a hotel these days due to flood damage at home and seriously the way the ladies make/change the beds with such efficiency and speed is amazing. And to think how many times they do it a day, they could probably give a lot of guys working out in the gym a run for their money in an arm strength contest!

    • says

      You are so right!! I think it is one of the hardest jobs out there … we’re actually down to getting service one day a week … I figure I don’t make my bed everyday at home, I probably shouldn’t get used to it here. haha

  3. says

    I’ve been seeing so many kids crafts, it’sabout time someone posts a Valentine’s Day recipe that I can REALLY take advantage of. Love this, you go girl.

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