DIY ice bucket

DIY ice bucketI made the most beautiful and useful centerpiece for Thanksgiving, and one I know the Russian side of the table is sure to appreciate. If you plan on serving cold drinks (or vodka shots if you’re Russian), during the holiday season this DIY ice bucket makes a great and purposeful statement at the table. Here is how you can make a DIY ice bucket to hold your frozen cold booze of choice.

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First, you need to make sure you have room in your freezer. The “bucket” holding the bottle will be filled with water, so you have to leave it upright in the freezer overnight, or at least 4 hours or so. Next, set aside a cardboard carton of milk or juice—those are the easiest to work with, since you’ll need to cut the carton at the end.

For this ice bucket, I used cranberries and rosemary. But, you can use anything you have handy, like orange slices, flowers, leaves or other greens.


  1. Cut the top of you your cardboard carton to create a wide opening, then rinse the carton.
  2. Place the vodka or rum bottle into the carton.
  3. Insert your herbs, fruit, flowers or greens. It’s a good idea to use a fork or a knife to help push your fillers down to the bottom of the carton.
  4. Pour water into container, just covering fruit and flowers.
  5. Repeat step 3 and 4 until you reach the top of your container.
  6. Place in the freezer preferably overnight.
  7. Take out of the freezer, use scissors to cut away the carton to reveal the ice bucket.
  8. Place on table, under a small plate to collect any melting water.



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