DIY Colorful Ice Packs!!

Happy First Day of SUMMERRRRR!!!
*Just a little excited over here*

I do not know how the year is flying by so quickly but I'm hoping to enjoy every possible moment of the next few months! My schedule is already jam packed with upcoming weddings, bridal showers, golf tournaments, etc but I absolutely plan to squeeze in some time in the sun as well as LOTS MORE DIYs!!! I'm starting summer off the only way I know how - with a DIY fit for hot sunny days! Read on to find out how to make your own DIY "Ice Ice Baby" Ice Packs!! I'll be using them when I pack my lunch but will most likely need them to cool off when the weather hits the 90s!!


  • Portion Control Snack Sized Baggies  - Make sure to buy ones that zip closed!!
  • DIY Ice Pack Template- I used the top template for my ice packs but if you want yours to be vertical, use the bottom template! 
  • Rubbing Alcohol - This is optional! It will give your ice pack more of a gel feel. I recommend not using this if you are planning to use your ice packs near food. If you do use it, try 2 parts water and 1 part rubbing alcohol.
  • Tap Water
  • 1/4 Measuring Cup -  I used this to make adding the water to the bag a little easier.
  • Paint Markers - I purchased a pack from Target but Michaels sells them as well
  •  Food Coloring
  • Scissors
  • Tape

Step One: Print off the DIY Ice Pack Template. Cut out close to the letters so that this will fit in your baggie. Leave space of the left side of the words so that you can tape down the paper while you are writing (more pictures below).

Step Two: Put the paper into the baggie. Make sure the writing on the bag is face down. Center the wording in your baggie and tape down the perimeter of the bag, including the paper sticking out on the left side.

Step Three: Decide what color you'd like the writing to be and trace the words with your paint marker (follow the instructions on the marker to get started). Let dry before starting the next step.

Step Four: Pour about 3/4 cup of water to your baggie. Add in a drop or two of food coloring, seal the bag and mix until the color is even. Add more food coloring until your desired color is reached. Make sure your baggies are completely sealed before putting in the freezer.

Step Four: Double check that the paint marker hasn't chipped from adding water (if it has, fix before freezing). Place sealed baggies onto a tray or find a flat shelf in your freezer so the ice packs freeze evenly. 

Step Five: After your ice packs are completely frozen, pull out of freezer and put each baggie inside another baggie of the same size. This is to prevent the paint marker from rubbing off on something!
Repeat these steps with as many ice packs as you want! I recommend playing around with different color combinations!

I hope you enjoyed my first DIY of the summer! 
There will be plenty more heading your way soon!!

XOXO, Karly

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