How to Make Acrylic Ice


Acrylic---or fake---ice is ideal for party decorations, centerpieces and displays. Acrylic ice looks just like the real thing, and you never have to worry about it melting. Making fake ice is a simple and inexpensive craft project that can save you the expense of purchasing pricey plastic ice when the motif of the occasion requires it.

Things You'll Need

  • Aluminum ice cube tray
  • Acrylic or plastic clear craft beads
  • Buy an aluminum ice cube tray and a bag of plastic, clear beads at your local hobby or craft retailer. Ice cube trays come in a variety of shapes and designs to fit your needs and creativity.

  • Preheat an oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Place several beads into each mold in the ice cube tray. Do not overfill the molds. Two or three beads, depending on the size of the molds, should be sufficient.

  • Place the ice cube tray into the oven and allow the beads to completely melt, which should take about 20 to 25 minutes.

  • Remove the ice cube tray from the oven and allow the melted plastic to cool before popping them out.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use acrylic ice cubes for winter or cold-weather decorations around the house.
  • Acrylic ice cubes work well with colored gels to create fake drinks and other artificial foods.
  • Use an oven mitten when removing the hot ice cube tray from the oven.
  • Monitor the oven so as not to burn the plastic.


  • Photo Credit ice cubes image by Karin Lau from
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