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Springtime Wine Bottle Chiller

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Spring Ice Bucket

Get ready for warmer weather entertaining with this nifty DIY Wine Bottle Chiller This simple and affordable project makes a beautiful centerpiece for your table while keeping your wine at the perfect temperature.

Materials Needed:

  • A large plastic container
  • A smaller plastic container (such as a yogurt carton)
  • Flowers or greenery of your choice
  • Large Weighted Object (rocks)
  • Distilled Water (optional; keeps your water from looking cloudy when it freezes)
  • Freeze-resistant twine or string
  • Scissors


  1. Place the smaller bucket into the center of the larger bucket and fill the small bucket with rocks. This will weight it down so it doesn’t move when you add water.
  2. Next, add the first layer of citrus around the side of the larger bucket and fill with distilled water until it covers the citrus slices halfway to the top. Freeze for 1-2 hours.
  3. Now add your second layer of faux flowers around the mold on top of the frozen citrus slices. Fill halfway with water and freeze for 1-2 hours.
  4. Repeat this tactic until you have your three layers of ice molded with your decorations.
  5. Once you've finished freezing your ice mold, remove the rocks from the middle container and fill it up with warm water (DO NOT USE BOILING WATER!). This will help loosen the middle container, and you can simply pull it out.
  6. Put the ice bucket back into the freezer for an hour to harden it back up.
  7. Finally, when ready to use, simply run the outside of the bucket under warm water for 15-20 seconds on each side. Flip it upside down and give the bucket a bit of a light squeeze to remove the ice mold from the bucket.
  8. Voila! You got yourself a lovely DIY Wine Bottle Chiller!

Let us show you how it's done! Watch our video to learn more.