Craftiness, Thrifty

How to Make Popsicles – homemade molds and recipes

28 June, 2012

Hurrah, the sun has popped out this week meaning I have been able to test my latest invention. Yes folk, here are homemade popsicle molds! Unlike my Sock-Sorting-Washing-Line (does what it says on the tin) and my Swellies (soft waterproof wellies for commuters to fold up in their bags!) which earnt me nothing but ridicule despite being completely genius, these made it to prototype stage. And they are a raving success at the trial phase. . .

They are little tubes I have sewn out of old packaging, and filled with yoghurt.  As hoped, they make a delectable,  healthy and cooling snack for my little lass.

Yeah, alright, technically Calypso came up with the squeeze-an-ice-pop-out-of-a-tube idea in the nineties. But DID they empower you take something you were gonna chuck in the bin, add ONE line of sewing (or I have even successfully tested a hot glue gun version) and make your own that you can use FOREVER?

Nope, my friends, they didn’t. So here it is:How to make Popsicles - homemade popsicle mold and popsicle recipes

I can not explain how EASY this is, and how magically these popsicle molds work. They just squeeze straight out the top, the kids munch ’em up, you give them a little clean and fill them up again/ put in a drawer for another time. And depending on how hungry your children tend to be they can be large or small popsicle molds.

I used my own homemade yoghurt (yeah, we are well hippyville like that, recipe is here) mixed with some whizzed up strawbs that had gone slightly too soft. Here is my homemade popsicles recipe:

Delicious, easy and super healthy Popsicle Recipe – with yoghurt!
Take one cup of yoghurt
Take one cup of soft fruit – strawberries or bananas are classic.
Whip them up in a blender and pour into your molds.
These will last for ages in the freezer.

Homemade Fruit Popsicle Recipe
Take two cups of soft fruit – really any wills do
Blend it together.
If too thick, add a couple of spoons of water.
Pour into your molds.

Throw in a handful of coconut oil or cream for added nutrition.
Add a slosh of sherry to the fruit if making these for adult friends.
Blend up your usual green smoothie- chuck that in and it will be a delight too.

Homemade popsicles are this easy my friends.

How to make popsicles

I also took it too another level – sewing some little sleeves out of some cute old serviettes to fit over the plastic tubes – suiting our whimsical garden where most lolly pop devouring occurs.  It serves a dual purpose of preventing little hands from falling off from freezing temperatures and also soaking up the excess juices. It was just a case of cutting enough fabric to fit round the tube, sewing the two long ends together and hemming to open top and bottom.


PS – Notice how I don’t really know what to call these icey-yoghurt-things-in-a-tube. Freeze pops? Ice pops? Ice lollies? Ice Lolly containers? DIY  Ice lolly moulds? In New Zealand these would be Ice Block Moulds. Neither google nor Twitter came to the fore here – someone helpfully suggested “Lolly pop without a stick”. Gah. It is so confusing.

I think I am going to settle on popsicles. It is a bit old skool, but a classic. Have fun making your DIY popsicles mold! x

PS – What would you call them?

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  • Amanda 28 June, 2012 at 6:50 am

    Really lovely idea! We call them ice pops or ice poles 🙂

    • lulastic 28 June, 2012 at 10:44 am

      Ice poles- I LIKE IT!

  • Liz Burton 28 June, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Oh my God. You are a TOTAL genius.

    Get down the patent office – pronto!


    • lulastic 28 June, 2012 at 10:46 am

      Bahahaha. Either we have the same kind of mind or you are mocking me. Most people I have excitedly shown this to have just kind of looked bemused. “Does she ACTUALLY think this is an INVENTION?” Bahaarhhaa hoooo.

      • Liz Burton 28 June, 2012 at 6:14 pm

        Of course I’m not mocking you. I genuinely think you’re immense :0)

        • lulastic 28 June, 2012 at 7:11 pm

          Ah, thanks, heeeheee 🙂 🙂

  • Hazel 28 June, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Lolly pockets.Not sure about the fabric covers though. Very cute but MORE washing!

    • lulastic 28 June, 2012 at 12:11 pm

      Lolly pockets! That is brilliant!

      • Ria 28 June, 2012 at 6:34 pm

        I thought LOLLY POCKETS was a really good name too when I read it! Genius Hazel 🙂

        • lulastic 28 June, 2012 at 7:00 pm

          It is cute. But do you think we need to get the frozen bit in there?
          What about Ice Pockets, Ice Pop Pocket. Squeezy Ice Pocket..ummmmmm.

      • Amanda 28 June, 2012 at 7:13 pm

        And it’s funny because you’re in my phone as pocket! What about froghurt pockurt…. As in FROzen yoGHURT and then pocket dosesn’t rhyme. It’ll take off?!?!….

        • lulastic 28 June, 2012 at 9:19 pm


      • Hazel 28 June, 2012 at 7:48 pm

        Poppie Lolly Pockets?

        • lulastic 28 June, 2012 at 9:20 pm

          Polly Pocket Pops!

  • Sian 28 June, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Ice Squeezies?

    • lulastic 28 June, 2012 at 6:09 pm

      YES, love this! I think the squeezing up bit is key 🙂

  • jennastobbs 28 June, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    Once again……..pure genius! I bought some plastic ice lolly kit things but once they’ve frozen you can’t get them out the bloody holder! Also, I’d never thought of using yogurt (we use juice) but its such a simple genius idea!

    You are a clever one aren’t you……

    • lulastic 29 June, 2012 at 6:17 am

      Thanks Jenna! Just to be warned, the kids love these- but I don’t. I prefer my frozen yoghurt to be smooth and creamy- slowly frozen. The kids don’t care about that though. I just don’t want you to be disappointed with your icey yoghurt pop. Ha.

  • Vicky 30 June, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Squeezy Socks? Wait, that doesn’t sound in the least bit appetising.

    Anyway, damn you and your belated thriftiness – I just bought some plastic ice lolly moulds which are not nearly as hiptastic as your homemade jobbys. Sigh. Until I read your blog, I thought I was pretty much a cheapskate and prided myself on being quite literally the tightest person I know (literally, I scoff at paying over £5 for an item of clothing in charity shops). But you take it to a whole new level – I bow to your thrifty superiority!

    • lulastic 30 June, 2012 at 9:35 pm

      BAHAHA. Squeezey yoghurt socks. YUM!
      Wow, I think, THINK, I feel honoured. Maybe? Hehe, no really it is the truth. I am a proper tightwad!

  • theremakery 7 July, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    This is a great idea…thanks for sharing! I am going to add this idea to my Summer Fun list, my boys will love it!

    • lulastic 9 July, 2012 at 6:47 pm

      Ace! Hope you have lots of delicious times 🙂

  • julie 30 May, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    i really loved the idea and it gave me an idea to i put some juice into a glass and put a new ice lolly sick in the middle. then i sellotaped round paper so it wouldn’t get soggy and put that on the top of the glass. it works really well but thank you so much for the idea 🙂

  • Emma 1 April, 2014 at 2:40 am

    Thank you thank you thank you!!! My son has recently become obsessed with calypsos since his dad started buying them for him every time they go out for the day. And I’ve since been struggling to come up with a home made ice lolly that comes close to satisfying his desire for something squeeze up! So here I am looking for some paper moulds or something that I can buy and I stumble upon this. Genius!! I’m glad I still have my sewing machine around here somewhere… one question though… how do you stop them from spilling in the freezer?

    • Lucy 1 April, 2014 at 2:21 pm

      Hooray 🙂 I just put three/ four upright in a plastic tumbler, hope he enjoys them!

  • dana 14 May, 2015 at 1:42 am

    great idea, going to try it now, just wondering doesn’t it leak out of the stitched side when its still liquid?

    • Lucy 14 May, 2015 at 11:15 am

      No, it is a miracle! It totally doesn’t! My liquid was thick though…

  • Nurhan 19 July, 2015 at 1:15 am

    I am not sure of the safety of reusing plastic packaging over and over again. Even after one wash they will wear out a bit. Don’t want any chemicals leaking in our babies food.

    • Lucy 21 July, 2015 at 8:04 am

      That’s a good point- I’d say they barely need much of a wash though, just a rinse, and then use them as much as you are comfortable with.