Have you wondered how-to make a DIY ice bucket? 4th of July and Summer parties are perfect for these patriotic wine and alcohol ice chillers!
Time: 30 MinutesCost: $5Difficulty: Medium
- 1 ea. 2 Liter Bottle (1 per ice bucket)
- 1 ea. 1 Liter Bottle (1 per ice bucket)
- Double Sided Tape
- American Flags
- Faux Daisies
- Peel off the label and clean the label glue residue. I didn't worry about removing it on the 2 liter, since it will be discarded.
- Cut about 3 to 4 inched off the top of each bottle.
Cut and extra inch off of the 1 liter bottle to make it shorter than the 2 liter bottle.
Use a FULL bottle of alcohol that won't freeze (like vodka) to weight down the 1 liter bottle. Fill with water to just below the 1 liter bottle inside the 2 liter bottle.
For the fruit and flower version:
- Cut the stems of the daisies so you only have flower heads.
- Push the fruit and flowers down between the walls of the liter bottles.
- Make sure to keep the 1 liter bottle centered by pushing the fruit down on all sides.
- Place a full bottle of alcohol to weight down the 1 liter bottle.
Fill with water to just below the 1 liter bottle inside the 2 liter bottle.
This part is EXTREMELY important. Do this the day or hours BEFORE your event or party.
- Remove the ice buckets from the freezer.
- Let them sit at room temperature for 20 to 30 minutes.
- You want the outer layer of the ice bucket to go back to a liquid.
- Gently, pull the 2 liter bottle away from the ice and inner 1 liter bottle. This is a little messy :)
- Leave the 1 liter bottle inside to hold the structure and obviously the flag version is decorative, so you need it!
- Put BACK in the FREEZER immediately.
Let refreeze and pull out right before you are ready to use the ice bucket.
I did find that the fruit version expanded so much that I couldn't get the vodka bottle removed. SO make sure you freeze the alcohol you want to use for your party! I didn't have this issue with the flag version.
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