Asked on Sep 20, 2015

Help! How would I insulate this box attractively to hold ice?

by Sandy
I am turning this old tackle box into a beautiful wine cooler. I am struggling with the best and most attractive way to insulate the right side of the cooler (to hold ice for white wine). Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Also, I am on a budget.
Thank you
  11 answers
  • Valerie Valerie on Sep 21, 2015
    I would see if I could find a stryofoam container in the right size. I think this would be your easiest (and cheapest) option. I would explore at your local recycle depot.
  • Trudy Trudy on Sep 21, 2015
    Or line it with foam board and caulk the seams. I would drip some holes in the wood bottom (just in case something leaks) so the water could get out.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Sep 21, 2015
    How about trying to find an insulated bag. They are not expensive and I think it would serve the purpose.
  • Cathy C Cathy C on Sep 21, 2015
    think I might use a couple of the right size buckets/ cylinders that would be removable and waterproof
  • Jonny Appleseed Jonny Appleseed on Sep 21, 2015
    Get a tote that it fits in and then wheels with axial then get insulation foam work it from bottom up and use it as a cooler
  • M. Glass M. Glass on Sep 21, 2015
    How about lining it with foam board, caulking the seams (as mentioned above), and since you'd like it to be beautiful...cover it with cork sheeting, with a border of wine corks sliced lengthwise. You'd have to investigate the most effective glue to use.
  • Charles Prock Charles Prock on Sep 21, 2015
    I think I would just buy the bottle/can shaped freezer packs and use them to hold the bottles stationary and keep them cool at the same time...Buuuuut that's jus me.
  • Dee Dee on Sep 21, 2015
    Go to a glass shop and see if they have any sheets of styrofoam. Cut to size, and insert. I would recommend lining a removeable insert though, possibly made from metal sheeting . . . reused duct work?
  • Kathy Rick-Altschuler Kathy Rick-Altschuler on Sep 21, 2015
    very easy to buy insulated lunch bags at the dollar store and they should hold two bottles each. velcro them together. or use bungie cords. some lunch bags can hold dry things others can hold ice. works well. have fun.
    • Susan Bechamp Susan Bechamp on Sep 30, 2015
      A piece of copper flashing (used in roofing) to form the inner lining with the insulating foam sandwiched between the outer box and inner box. Attach small finger pulls to the ends of the copper box so you can lift it out to empty and clean it. (If you beat the copper with a hammer before building the box, you'll get the high end look of hammered copper). To protect the wine glasses in the left hand compartment use soft foam covered with velveteen or even a soft chamois. Line the lid with cork or the fancy wood cover from a boxed wine case. Attach strips of leather lacing or cordage to hold wine corkscrews to the underside of the lid. Don't forget some moist towelettes to wipe out the glasses when done.
  • Deb Titus Deb Titus on Sep 21, 2015
    You could likely get rigid styrofoam insulation for a reasonable price at your local builders store. It's usually used to insulate the outside of basement walls, so it will be sturdy but easy to cut to size. You could leave it unfinished, or use paint or plastic fabric to 'pretty-fy' it.
  • Jonny Appleseed Jonny Appleseed on Jan 13, 2016
    Spray foam at Home Depot insulation