Do-It-Yourself Craft

Ice Bucket Wine Chiller


  • 1 Medium container, ideally 11 to 12 cm in diameter, larger than a wine bottle. We used a 32 ounce yogurt container.
  • 1 Large container, ideally 4 quarts, large enough to fit the medium container within it with room around it for ice. We used a gallon-sized ice cream container.
  • Flower petals (or anything you want to decorate your ice bucket with)


  1. Fill the large container with 1 to 2 inches of water; this will create the bottom of your bucket. Add flower petals if you want to decorate the base layer. Place the container into the freezer for 3 to 4 hours or until completely frozen.
  2. Fill the medium container at least one-thirds full with something heavy (we used pennies). This will keep it steady during freezing. Take the large container out of freezer and place the medium container in the center of the large container on top of the frozen layer of ice. Pour water in the space between the medium and large container to fill it half the height you want your final ice bucket to be. Add more flower petals. Carefully place the nested containers back into the freezer and leave overnight.
  3. Remove the containers from the freezer and pour more water between them, adding more flower petals, to full height of your bucket and return it to the freezer for 3 to 4 hours or until completely frozen.
  4. To remove your ice bucket craft, run the large container under warm water until your ice bucket comes out easily. Empty the medium container of the heavy object and fill it with warm water until it becomes free from the ice bucket.
  5. Place your ice bucket on a tray or dish that can hold the water as it melts.