{DIY sugar cubes}

June 7, 2011

Why not spruce up the way you serve coffee or (iced) tea?
Last night I played around with sugar a little and made my own sugar cubes. It’s really easy to make and so cute to look at!
You should give it a try!

What you’ll need:

  • granulated white and/or brown sugar
  • water
  • bowl
  • teaspoon
  • ice cube tray or candy mold
{DIY sugar cubes}
How to:
  1. Pour about 1/2 cup of sugar into a bowl.
  2. Use a teaspoon to pour small amounts of water on the sugar, little by little, and mix until it is a paste-like consistency. Make sure the sugar doesn’t melt during this process.
  3. Fill the sugar-water-paste into ice cube trays, about half-way full, and press tight into the mold.
  4. Let dry overnight.
  5. Carefully remove the sugar cube from the ice cube tray.
  6. Enjoy!
{DIY sugar cubes}
I decided on just using the sugar plain. Next time I might experiment with some food coloring, though.. ;)

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  1. They look really lovely — I’ll have to give them a go but it might mean a trip to ikea first for a icecube tray!

  2. Sweet! Two of my granddaughters live a ways from us and when they come to visit they love to have tea in our special tea cups, ALWAYS with sugar cubes. Yours came out so cute! They would think this idea so fun!

    Nice stopping by to visit with you!
    Kindly, Lorraine

  3. Susan @ Busy Home Adventures says:

    Those are so cute! I love the way the brown and the white plays together, too. Lots of fun!

    Popping over form Reasons to Skip the Housework!

  4. Randi~Dukes and Duchesses says:

    I love DIY sugar cubes … so many possibilities for cute shapes. I love the idea of putting them out with iced tea … I’ve only ever thought of hot.

    I once made a knock-off (from Sur La Table) of heart sugar cubes that fit on the side of a cup. They were really fun. You can see them here: http://6dukes.blogspot.com/2008/01/unveiling.html.

  5. donatella says:

    on my to-do-list today!

  6. Oh how much I want to make some now! These are so lovely! So glad you shared at Ladybug Blessings!

  7. Lindsay @ Delighted Momma says:

    What a cute idea! This is so creative…ohh food coloring is a great idea!

  8. Life In The Thrifty Lane says:

    I totally want to try making them! Thanks for sharing:)

  9. How adorable is that! That would make a wonderful birthday or Christmas gift! How cute :)

  10. Such a fun idea! Love it!

  11. Screaming Sardine says:

    So cute. I love the shaped ones. Thanks for sharing. :)

    Tracy Screaming Sardine

  12. Ahhhh I love it!!!


  13. shopannies says:

    love the cuteness of it all and the colors that they seem to make

  14. TheCraftInMe says:

    Oh, these are too cute! They would make the perfect valentine gift in a little jar, thanks for sharing!

  15. Aimee @ Just Kidding Around Atlanta says:

    Those are really cute! I will have to make them for our tea parties — Whole Foods doesn’t sell the kind we used to buy!! :) Thank you so much for sharing this!!

    Aimee @

  16. A Pretty Life in the Suburbs says:

    This is the cutest idea ever! How creative!

  17. Johnnie says:

    These are adorable! Thanks dear.

  18. Kimberley says:

    These are so cute! Hi! I’m following you from the Time-Out Tuesday hop. Please come follow me back at http://healthykidshappykids.blogspot.com

    Thanks and Happy Tuesday!

  19. Paula Jo @ Home Decor Accents says:

    These sugar cubes are so cute. My husband and I use to use sugar cubes in our coffee, but they are getting harder to find for some reason. I’m going to try and see if mine comes out as good as yours. Thanks for the idea, and the know how.

  20. Desiree @ The 36th Avenue says:

    Vanessa, they are so sweet! I hope you visit tomorrow evening and share them at my party. Like always beaYOUtifully done ;)

  21. PartyMom says:

    Absolutely fantastic! Shaped sugar cubes can get so expensive…this is such a great DIY!

  22. LaVonne @ Long Wait says:

    Those turned out so nicely. Thanks for sharing! I like it.

    I am visiting from Wandering Wednesday. It is nice to “meet” you. I hope you have a blessed week!

    LaVonne @ Long Wait For Isabella

  23. That is a great idea! I love the hearts!

  24. very nice :)

  25. Something Swanky Cupcakes and Desserts says:

    How cute are these?? Nice work :)

  26. Jennifer says:

    Too cute! I think these would be great for sweetening iced tea at our next family bbq. Thanks for sharing!

  27. Tanya @ Greetings From the Asylum says:

    Wow! How fun! This is a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

  28. Allison {A Glimpse Inside} says:

    Great idea! And you can make these for many different occasions! Thanks for linking these up as well.

  29. Decora Recicla Imagina… says:

    Oh! This is so cute! Clever, funny, beautiful and surprising. Thanks for sharing! :D

  30. I’m in sweet, sweet, love. I thought you had to own an overseas factory to make those things! YUMMO! Thanks so much for posting!

  31. How clever!! I don’t think I would have ever thought of that! Great job.

  32. These look too cute to use. So simple I might even try it one day. I found you on The 36th Avenue’s Let’s Party #5. I love creative people and this project is why so I decided to follow you. I hope you will follow me back http://talesfrommyjournal.blogspot.com I can be found in facebook too http://www.facebook.com/DeniseMartin.LillaRose and twitter @DeniseLillaRose If you like/follow me there I will do the same for you. When you stop by my blog, please check out my kind of fashion (hair jewelry).

  33. starsandsunshine says:

    Such a great, cute idea! We don’t use sugar cubes much here, but the in-laws do, so I’ll have to make these next time they come to visit! I even have little heart candy molds already.

  34. Mindie Hilton says:

    Would love to see you link up at my new party that will run through Sunday!


  35. Kim @ It's a Crafty Life says:

    Oh my, those are the cutest things! Love this idea, and can just imagine how they would dress up a tea party! Thanks for sharing!

  36. So adorable! My tea will never be the same:)
    Thanks for sharing at Pinkalicious Thursday!

  37. BellaVida says:

    I love this idea! Perfect for a tea party.

    Bella Vida by Letty

  38. I am going to make some of these for my sister, she doesn’t take sugar but she does entertain a fair bit and would love to serve this with after dinner coffee

  39. Jenni Price illustration says:

    A super fun idea and these would be so cute for entertaining!

  40. TidyMom says:

    so cute and fun!!

    Thanks for linking up! I featured your post on my wrap up http://tidymom.net/2011/komen-race-for-the-cure/

  41. LrSchwtz says:

    What a fabulous idea! Please stop by http://www.laughloveandcraft.com and link up to my Share the Wealth Wednesday Link Party!

  42. Sam Findlay says:

    That is genius!! Love it!

  43. Antonella says:

    This is such a great idea! Of course, it now gives me an excuse to buy cute ice cube trays — it is an addiction — lol.
    Hugs, antonella :-)

  44. Jen at The Three Little Piglets says:

    Saw these over on Tidy Mom — they’re ridiculously cute! So sweet…

  45. These are completely adorable! Do you think they might work re-crushed on the side of the glass and stirred into smoothies? I tend to take my smoothies unsweetened and a lot of my friends fail to see the appeal.

    Either way, thank you for the tutorial, I’ll be sure to do this sometime!

  46. The Gunny Sack says:

    These are adorable! My kids think it is a huge treat to get a sugar cube at a “tea party” and they would really love shaped ones. I am featuring these on my site tomorrow.


  47. AllieMakes! says:

    These are absolutely fantastic! LOVE them!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can’t wait to see what you have for next week!

  48. Lori@momsbyheart.net says:

    Thanks for linking up on Momspiration Monday. Love this idea!

  49. Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made says:

    Oh you smart lady! I host teas all the time and these will be perfect for my next one! Thanks for sharing!

  50. Annalea says:

    omg! what a brilliantly sweet idea! so glad you shared it!!! visiting from under the table and dreaming.

  51. These are beautiful!!!

  52. Absolutely fantastic! So glad you shared this at the Tuesday To Do Party! You are a list maker this week! Feel free to stop by and grab a button!

  53. Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims says:


  54. Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims says:

    PS I’m featuring this on my blog tomorrow night! I think they would be such cute wedding favors!!! Especially doing the food coloring in the wedding colors :)

  55. What a cute idea!! We’d love to see you link this up at http://www.dimpleprints.com!

  56. its not everyday you see an original idea in bloggy world, but his is amazing! i loooooove this! cant wait for my next brunch!


  57. So in love. I need to have a tea party!

  58. Desiree @ The 36th Avenue says:


    I just want you to know that I featured your cute project at my link party tonight…

    I hope to see you there tomorrow!


  59. I LOVE these sugar cubes. I can’t wait to make some of my own! :) Just need to find mini cube trays! Thank’s again for linking up to Sew Woodsy last week.

  60. What a great idea. This is definitely a must for my next coffee party. I’m a new follower. Hope to see you at.

    P.S. I have a link party every Monday. Would love for you to stop by and link up your project.

  61. Allison @ House of Hepworths says:

    Love it so much I featured it today at my Hookin Up with HoH Party!



  62. Kathy C. says:

    Oh my gosh these are too cute for words! And so easy! Thanks for the tutorial!

  63. Thank you for joining me his week at the Simply Creative blog party at 365 days to Simplicity! Please join me every Thursday and we’ll party like it’s 1999!

  64. Hi Vanessa, Thank you so much for joining Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage. I featured your post this week in my Top Ten Fav Picks from Masterpiece Monday. Have a great weekend! Mary :O)

  65. Samantha Lynn says:

    That is such a good idea! Wow! Love it! ;) Happy day to you.

  66. SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime says:

    Just a quick note to say that I’ve featured this today at Recognition Day Thursday. Please feel free to grab the feature button on my sidebar :) Thanks for linking up at the Creative Bloggers’ Party & Hop.

  67. This is soo stinkin adorable! This would be so cute for a baby shower or wedding reception! Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party.. can’t wait to see what you share next week!

  68. Julie Phillips, aka Julieloveslucy SCS says:

    Wow! How cute, this is a “good things” idea for sure.
    Thanks for sharing

  69. jacquelynnicole says:

    I never thought to do that. Such a cute idea, thank you!

  70. riyo a.k.a. talktothesun says:

    thank you!!! i was looking for something like this!!!!i put this link to my blog…thank you so much for sharing!!!

  71. Shannon LaBare says:

    what a great idea! this would add so much to a bridal shower!

  72. B.Stepford says:

    I’m defiantly going to have a go at this, its such an creative idea. I’d probably use chocolate moulds instead as they are slightly smaller than ice cube moulds.

  73. ViSart-DaLi Claying Mama says:

    Awesome idea, I am sure gonna make it!

  74. nice! how long can I keep the sugar cubes?

  75. Kaitlin Saenz says:

    THis is amazing! How cute Vanessa! Thanks so much for linking it up to my {re}create into something new blog party! Hope to see you next week for some more awe inspiring transformations!

    Kaitlin–The Not So Simple Housewife

  76. I like this idea and will have to try it for my mother/daughter tea I do in May. It’s almost a year away but I’m sure I’ll find other times to make them.

  77. Truthwithin says:

    He he, these are so cute! Such a smart and crafty way to jazzy up your sugar bowl for when you have someone over for a cup of tea. Would put a smile on anybody’s face!

  78. Oh, very nice idea! :) I added some vanilla powder in white sugar, put this hearts on jar. And it will be my wedding present for friends. Thank you!

  79. {nifty thrifty things} says:

    @ Zhe: Unfortunately I couldn’t find an email-address or blog to answer to your sweet comment. :)
    Thank you very much!!

  80. Oh, sorry! It’s my e-mail: anastasiazhe@gmail.com, this is my blog: http://anastasiazhe.tumblr.com/ and post with photos there.
    You know, I know one little secret. If you put sugar on heat-resistant form, you can make cubes faster. You just need to bake it 10 minutes on 180 degrees :)

  81. Astrids Atelier says:

    I really like this and I don’t know if someone already mensioned it, but it is also nice to add one drop of foodcoloring! Think of red/green for X-mas etc.


  82. I saw this featured on Cut Out + Keep and just wanted to stop by and tell you that these sugar cubes look amazing! I definitely want to try to make them especially since my roommate wants to have a tea party at our apartment some time during the semester. These would be perfect!

    Thanks for sharing! :)

  83. {nifty thrifty things} says:

    @ Sarah: Thank you so much for your sweet comment! :) Unfortunately I couldn’t find an email address attached to reply personally, but I hope you’ll still read this. xo!

  84. Kids craft ideas says:

    Love it. THanks for sharing

  85. such a great idea, i am definately doing this!


  86. Seemachine says:

    Hi–would you mind sharing where you got your beautiful mini mold pans? These are such a lovely, quaint idea. Thank you!

  87. What a fabulous idea!!

  88. Hi, innovating idea! Just a question, how do I keep ants away from this sweet craft?

  89. Following my previous comment, I tried making them already but they fall apart when I try to get them out of their moulds. Is it because it’s not dry enough yet? Exactly what is the consistency the mixture should be before putting it into the moulds? Like gooey liquid-ish or ? Please help! Many thanks!

    • Thank you for your comments, Fiona!
      I’m sorry to hear that the sugar cubes are falling apart when you take them out of the moulds. The consistency is more gooey and make sure you let them dry completely before removing them from the moulds.
      I hope this helps! :)
      Let me know if you have any more questions.
      PS: To keep the ants away, just store them in the fridge or in an airtight container.
      xo! Vanessa

  90. hi Fiona and Vanessa, I’m having the same problem! I let them dry 3 days in shallow candy molds and they still fell apart, if I could get them out at all. I’m thinking of trying the silicon molds, maybe they’ll pop out easier.

  91. These are really great. I made some with candy molds in the shape of presents and bells for the neighbors. They have a little coffee with their sugar. I put them in a container and made a saying for the top: Homemade Sugar Cubes — To make everything a little sweeter. My first ones wouldn’t come out of the mold so I used just a little water and they came right out without even drying them. Then I let them dry several hours on waxed paper. These along with some homemade cookies are my gift to the neighbors.

  92. So cute! These would actually make great gifts for my horsey friends and something fun for the kids to make to give our own horses treats :o) Thank you for sharing!
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  93. My mom and I did this several years ago for a St. Patrick’s Day tea we were hosting, making little shamrock sugar cubes that we dyed green. They came out SO adorable! The ladies loved them. However, once we dropped them in the tea it turned the tea into an unappealing color…looked a bit like dirty sewer water (it didn’t help that we all had address cream to our tea, but cream makes it so yummy!). So just be really careful if you add color because it will change the color of your beverage. Otherwise it’s a fun idea. I love what someone posted about using these as a gift. :)

  94. Amanda Spencer says:

    Could you use colored sugar? Like what you would use to sprinkle on cookies?

  95. I will try this with my preschool classes. We make sugar cube igloos in the winter. Now we can have custom sized cubes. So fun!

  96. So cute! Never realized this is how they make them.

    Now I almost wish I took sugar in my coffee/tea just so I could have an excuse to make these!

  97. oh my goodness this couldn’t be any cuter. LOVE!

  98. For Valentines Day this year, I am making traditional rectangular sugar cubes with citrus bitters and putting them in a jar and gifting with a bottle of Champagne for instant cocktails.

  99. Lorynne Heyns says:

    Hi there…these are too gorgeous!!!This might seem like a silly question, but do they melt when left out of the freezer or are the bind together by the sugar?

  100. I love these sugar cubes…so cute!!! :)

  101. Michelle says:

    love this, can’t wait to try it!

  102. I want to have a tea party now.
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  103. Diva Dynamite Denise says:

    Love them! Thanks for sharing. Question…if you go with the food coloring, would you color the water, or add them both to the sugar separately?


  104. I could have swore I had these pinned already!! But I don’t see them. I’m so glad you came by and linked up so I didn’t miss out. These are ADORABLE!! I want to make a bunch during Christmas time. They would even be pretty in a jar just as a decoration! Thanks so much for linking up at my party, Vanessa!!
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  105. Love this idea! My daughter loves brown sugar in her tea and it’s hard to find brown sugar cubes. Will have fun making them now :) TY!
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  106. Very cute idea. They also might be great with a pinch of cinnamon thrown in.

  107. Perfect to go with the scone recipe I just tried! Tea time will feel more traditional ;) Thanks xo! http://rococoreport.com/2012/09/20/2501/

  108. These are so fabulous. I can see them in all different shapes, for all times of the year.
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  109. Such a cute idea, I do something similar with holiday candy molds and butter, just soften the butter, press into mold and chill! Then pop out decorative butter patties for your holiday meal, miniature turkeys foe Thanksgiing, trees for Christmas, etc!

  110. Jessica Franzen says:

    Where can I purchase candy molds similar to the one used in this tutorial?

  111. I actually tried these after I saw this. Followed the recipe and directions.
    They didn’t set up and took three days to dry out. When I tried to remove them from the molds, they cracked and broke apart.
    Sadly, this was not one that worked for me.

    • Hey Libbie,
      I’m so sorry to hear the sugar cubes didn’t turn out right for you. I always have a few break when you try to get them out of the mold, but it shouldn’t be all of them.. Maybe try it again with using a little less water. The sugar shouldn’t dissolve, just stick together. I hope that will help.
      Have a wonderful remaining week!
      xo’s from Germany,

    • Libbie I’ve made some. My process is a bit different, I made a tutorial in a pdf file (with other two recipes). You can find it here . I make the paste with a little water until it resembles coarse sand, as Vanessa said too much will not work, but I press it tightly and let it set only for a minute, then take them out of the mold it and let it dry. If you want the figure to be more detailed then add a bit of confectioner’s sugar.

      Vanessa, thanks for the tutorial. I like how you made some from brown sugar, they look lovely. Mine were colored and some had a bit of flavoring, they are wonderful for tea (or coffee if you use vanilla or cocoa). Also it’s a good idea to use ice cube trays, I’ll have to experiment with that, there come in so many cute shapes. Nice blog, I’ll keep visiting ;)
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  112. These are so adorable!! Can you tell me how big each “cube” is? I was trying to order the IKEA trays on eBay, but I think the ones they show are for larger ice-cube sized flowers and hearts. So I’m still working on getting the right molds.

    Thank you!

  113. They look just sooooooooo cute :) I want to make them too!!

  114. Cute idea but “carefully remove” from the candy molds isn’t working for me. Any suggestions?

  115. Ilove this idea. Beautiful sugar cubes in an organza gift bag make an awesome gift which costs almost nothing to make.

  116. What a fantastic idea especially using brown and white sugar. I love the fact that I will be able to get all different shapes. Thank you!
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  117. une excellente idée, merci
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  118. I am sure you already answer this question, but where did you get the molds. I can’t see,m to find ones that are small enough to make sugar cubes with. This is such an awesome DIY by the way. Thank you for posting it.

  119. do you think these would ship well?

  120. I love it! I’m definitely going to make them with my little cousin. She’s going to have so much fun doing this.

  121. Great Idea! However I havn’t been able to find any moulds on ebay that are sugar — cube sized — they all seam to be chocolate or icecube sized. A sugar cube over 1cm is a lot of sugar! Any suggestions where I can find tiny moulds? Someone must make them!!

  122. I;m having trouble getting them out of the mold any ideas

  123. I am having trouble getting them out of the mold I don’t know what i’m doing wrong

  124. We have a Christmas party coming up. I will be making these..

  125. How long do these keep? Could I make it now and give as Christmas gifts?

  126. What a fantastic idea! I will be featuring it on my blog (homemakinghearts.com) tomorrow and sending folks your way for instructions!

    I would also like to invite you to HomemakingHearts.com on Fridays for a brand new link-up; it would be a delight to have you join us!


  127. WHOAAAA! Very nice! I would like to give this cubes fr mother day”


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