DIY Ice Bucket

DIY Ice BucketIf you saw my DIY Bar Cart post, you’ll know that I hacked the Ikea Bygel utility cart and created a stylish, tropical bar cart for less than $35.  When it was time to add décor pieces, I knew I wanted an ice bucket.  After extensive searching, the cheapest one I could find was $24 and it wasn’t even the style I wanted.  I was not about to spend $20 or more on a single piece for my $34 bar cart.  Especially when the ice bucket was only going to be a decorative piece and not actually used.  So I decided I was going to make one.  Now I just had to figure out how…

I went through my crafting cabinets looking at various containers I had stashed away (because I keep eeeverything that has the potential to be crafted into something else) when I came across this old paint can.  It was the perfect specimen for my DIY Ice Bucket.  I went to my arsenal of spray paint and decided on Valspar’s Metallic Aged Copper.   After spraying the can and lid it looked like…well…it looked like a copper colored paint can.  Not real ice bucket-y.  The lid and more importantly I think, the handle, was the telltale sign.

Somehow I needed to camouflage that thin metal handle.  That’s when I had the idea to wrap the handle in clothesline rope.  You can get 100 ft. of it at Home Depot for $6; comes in handy for lots of crafting projects.  I wrapped the rope around the handle like a telephone cord.  If you’re from my generation, right now you are saying oh yeah, aaaaand if you were born after 1995, right now you are googling telephone cord.

I also added rope to the grooves in the can and the lid to camouflage those as well.  It was such a perfect fit that I didn’t have to glue it in or anything, I just pushed the rope right into the grooves for a nice snug fit!  Now I just needed a knob for the lid.  The rope was working so well that I decided to stick with it.  I had just recently learned how to make monkey fist knots for some nautical drawer pulls I did and I thought it would be perfect as a knob.  To attach it to the lid I simply drilled a hole in the lid, pushed the rope through and then knotted it on the inside.

To complete the look, I needed some tongs.  I went to party city and found these clear plastic tongs for $0.99.


I wanted them to look like more expensive metal tongs, so I sprayed them with Rust-Oleum Specialty Metallic Silver Spray Paint.

Silver Painted Tongs

And that’s it.  With only a few simple steps I had created a DIY decorative ice bucket for my DIY bar cart.  And the best part?  It only cost me a $1.  I already had the old paint can, clothesline rope and copper and silver spray paint.  The only thing I had to purchase was the pair of tongs.



Disclaimer: This DIY ice bucket, as designed, is for decorative purposes only and is not to be used for food/drink consumption.