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How Cool Is That! Make Your Own Ice Ice-Bucket!


It’s Christmas; time for eating drinking and being very, very merry! Socialising is one of the best things about the festive season, and I love having a full house.

Of course, along with drinks comes the need to keep them cool. I found this method for making a beautiful ice- bucket using a plastic bottle and water! You can decorate it however you like using a range of materials. The end result is stunning – and costs virtually tuppence!


You Will Need:

Empty 2ltr plastic bottle

Empty 1ltr glass bottle


Decorative materials for ice-bucket e.g:



fruit slices


sprigs of herbs


food colouring etc.


  1. Cut the top off empty plastic bottle.
  2. Place glass bottle inside.
  3. Fill two-thirds of bottle with water.
  4. Push decorative materials around the sides (or add food colouring. Do not stir if you want a marbled effect.)
  5. Stand the bottle in the freezer for 4-5 hours until frozen.
  6. When ready to use, run glass bottle quickly under a hot tap so that it slides off.
  7. Place hand-crafted, highly original ice-bucket on the table along with drinks and mixers.
  8. Wait for admiring comments!


  • Use boiled, slightly cooled water for a crystal clear finish.


  • You can also apply the method to making ice-bowls to serve ice-cream (place a smaller bowl inside a large one) or make shot glasses.


6 thoughts on “How Cool Is That! Make Your Own Ice Ice-Bucket!

    1. HI Christine.

      Thanks for your comment. It’s great that you’re having a go at making your own ice-bucket but I’m sorry to hear it hasn’t been going according to plan.

      To be honest, I’ve never encountered this problem before but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re doing something wrong. So I asked around and did some research and came up with a few possible solutions:

      1. Use distilled water.
      2. Forgo the plastic bottle and use a silicone mould instead.
      3. If you wish to use the plastic bottle, clean the inside of it with vinegar.
      4. Avoid using any sharp implements such as knives to force the ice out.
      5. Despite my advice to run the bottle under hot water quickly in order to release the ice, I’ve been told it’s better to leave the bottle to ‘sweat’ i.e. – gather droplets of moisture on the outside of the bottle and then gently try to ease the ice out of the container/mould.

      I hope this helps. Good luck! 🙂


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