Guest Picks: Inspired by Ice Pops
I've found that Popsicle love is just as much for me as it is for my kids, and it's something we can all enjoy on hot summer afternoons — though I will admit that I've been known to eat an ice pop (or two) for breakfast.
I love ice pops so much I want to be reminded of them at every turn, which is why I've created a collection of ice pop tools and Popsicle memorabilia in every possible form. Play with your food and eat it too. — Mariko from The Little Foodie
If I left these out at my house, it's possible that there would be a bite out of one at the end of the day. These handmade soap pops are beauties, and I want to have a party simply so that I can give them away as favors.
I'm not sure how cold these will make your drink, but they're probably more fun this way. I plan to make mine with some fruity flavors and float them in some fizzy soda water.
This is so awesome; I wish I could eat it. Two of my favorite possible things combined? I'm melting.
These are so simple but sweet. I love to make old-school twin pops and would love some sticks like these. They're great inspiration for other kinds of decorated sticks too.
I can't think of anything cuter than ice pops, but cupcakes are a pretty close second. A few sprinkles and a dollop of frosting, and these would make a summer afternoon the best ever.
These are so clever with the "Keep Calm" motto, but they're even more useful if you're making a stack of ice pops for an upcoming birthday party.
Some people come up with very creative applications for ice cube molds. And even if you don't, these still make for a pretty fancy drink.
I kind of love how this is made out of metal, can be used as a drinking cup and makes an individual pop convenient to make. The gasket keeps the stick in place, too.
I'm a huge fan of wooden food toys, and luckily my kids are too. They're my favorites to sit down with as we play pretend picnic, restaurant and store. Is it so obvious I love food?
My Zoku pop maker is my go-to kitchen tool of the summer. I have been eyeing the chocolate station for a while now, and this summer may be the season of Nutella chocolate–dipped pops.
These would make a fun alternative to a cake at a Lego-themed birthday party. I know more than a few kids obsessed with Legos.
Ice pops on sticks are my favorites, but they're also an invitation for drips and sticky hands. These silicone tubes are great for little kids who can't keep up with the melt.
I haven't experimented much with ice cream pops, but this would be the mold to get for them. It lays flat, so you can move it without breaking the shapes. I have some chocolate-covered mint gelato heart pops in my summer plans.
I only have a few stamps, but they all make cute little prints that can be used for almost any occasion. I might make this a grading mark on my students' papers.
You don't need a holiday to string up some lights. All you need is a warm summer night and a porch.
This hand-embroidered edge on a dish towel has got to be the most beautifully made piece I have ever seen. I would treat this like an heirloom and display it proudly.
You might wish there were slushy popsicle juice in here, but at least you'll be evoking chilly water with this classic pop printed thermos.Next: Life Without Air Conditioning? These Passively Cooled Homes Say Yes