What are some clever uses for ice cream buckets?

Dawn E Brown
by Dawn E Brown
I have about twenty plastic ice cream gallon size buckets that I just cannot come up with something clever and useful to do with them. These all happen to be square and have a handle and a lid.
  12 answers
  • Bonnie Lynn Bonnie Lynn on Dec 29, 2016

    I use them to put my 2 oz bottles of ceramic paints in. In fact, I use them for a lot of my craft items. I haven't actually used them for creating a craft item, but they stack nicely and the lids stay on really well. I label them with what's inside, so I don't have to look in every one of them to find what I'm looking for.

  • Polly Fuller Polly Fuller on Dec 29, 2016

    Animal Shelters will repurpose them for buckets to clean.. trash and recycling buckets for outside parties. Beer and soda coolers for picnics. cut out bottom and use when you are protecting newly planted small trees. use to store Christmas ornaments. label and stack.

  • Charly Charly on Dec 30, 2016

    When I make homemade spaghetti sauce, I make up individual buckets for meals. I put enough sauce and meatballs, pork and sausage in each bucket for a meal. I then put these buckets in the freezer and when I want to make a spaghetti dinner, I take one bucket of sauce out to thaw.

  • Pam7061642 Pam7061642 on Dec 31, 2016

    very good for hobbies ,garage items such as nails, screws, paintbrushes small spanners ect for seedlings stick holes in the bottom and plant your veggies or flowers for the next season

  • Robby Treichel Robby Treichel on Jan 01, 2017

    I have a cousin who is emailing everyone she knows, looking for her favorite Tupperware bowl. If she had used a clean old ice cream bucket when she went to a pot luck, she would still have the Tupperware!

  • Carla Carla on Jan 01, 2017

    I always thought they could be painted and used for a picnic pail when going to the park. Kids would love them for small toys in their play rooms. Pet food storage.

    • Lisa Petersen Lisa Petersen on Feb 07, 2017

      Don't use them to store pet food in the garage - we got mice last year, and they chewed through the super-thick plastic dogwood container and ate all the dog food! They'd make confetti out of the ice cream containers...

  • Nancy Fisher Nancy Fisher on Jan 02, 2017

    I use mine as recycle bins for the smaller stuff like brass, batteries, ink cartridges, light bulbs, etc. They are easily labeled and the handles make it easy to grab and go when heading to a store that recycles each.

  • Vicky Burkhard Vicky Burkhard on Jan 05, 2017

    Build a kids play fort, use them for molds for stepping stones...

  • Attic And Barn Attic And Barn on Jan 08, 2017

    They must be food-safe, if ice cream was sold in them!

    Square is so nice, they snug up on a pantry shelf. Store staples like flour, sugar Chocolate!

    I do like the idea of a snow fort or sand castle mold.

    Maybe stack them offset-checker board style to create a vertical garden / privacy wall?

    Hmmmm ....I'm on my way to buy some ice cream!

  • Elizabeth Elizabeth on Jan 09, 2017

    We use them to store my Grandson's Legos.

  • Amanda Amanda on Jan 24, 2017

    Re use in the freezer. I use them to organize smaller items in my freezer. These stack nicely and instead of having a huge bag of something you can put what is in the bag into theses old ice-cream containers.

  • Lindcurt Lindcurt on Jan 28, 2017

    I had a friend who had very little furniture in her first apt that used this kind of bucket and boards to make a book shelf. She found the boards in the apartment complex dumpster and bought a pint of paint and white washed them.