In less than 15 minutes, you can turn a clean, empty paint can into a fun DIY ice bucket or storage container for your next party or gathering!
It’s time for another round of Craft Lighting, a craft that can be done in less than 15 minutes! Today’s theme is recycled crafts, so I decided to take one of the many (many, many) empty paint buckets I have lying around my house from our ongoing renovation and upcycle it into a totally glam DIY ice bucket!
I’m not going to count the time it took me to clean out the bucket or for the paint and glue to dry, but other than that this craft took me less than 15 minutes to make! I love a good upcycle—also check out my fun DIY upcycled kaleidoscope!!
Clean out your paint bucket. I let it soak overnight, and then I found hot water and elbow grease were the best recipe for getting it clean. Dry it out really well, including the rim.
Spray paint the bucket gold (or whatever color you choose!). Just try to get the top rim, handle, and where the handle connects to the bucket — the rest will be covered by paper. I used Rustoleum Pure Gold, which is my go-to gold spray paint. Let it dry.
Measure the height of your can, below the top and bottom rims and cut a strip of paper that will fit halfway around. My can was a standard paint can and my paper was 7.5″ tall and 10.5″ wide.
Cut notches for the paint can handle on each end of the paper. I wasn’t too exact — this is a 15-minute craft after all.
Using spray adhesive (I love Elmer’s), adhere the paper to the paint can. Make sure you spray the edges well so that they stick properly (you can also use a little craft glue to help seal down the edges).
Spray the entire thing with a clear coat to protect it, and allow to dry.
Fill your DIY ice bucket with ice and chill your favorite drink! Since I’m pregnant and wine is on my no-list, I’m adding some ginger lemon herbal water to my ice bucket. This whole project is a double whammy — super cute and super easy!
This would also make a great holder for your supplies in your craft room. I have a feeling I’ll be whipping up a bunch to hold paint brushes and other tall odds and ends that end up scattered around my studio!
Comments & Reviews
Angie @ CCC says
This is amazing!! Love!!
This is so pretty, what a great idea!
Stunning! And I can’t believe how easy it is to make!
Heather J says
This is so genius! Love the idea and your paper….Very nice!
Quirky Homemaker says
Very cute! Love the gold. Never thought of trying to wash out a paint can! Stopping by from Inspire Me Monday. Have a great week!
Gilly @ Colour Saturated Life says
This turned out stunning! I admired your commitment to clean out a paint container! Looks stunning though so totally worth the effort.
Amanda@ TexMexCrafting says
How creative. Who knew a paint can could look so good?
Chandra@The Plaid & Paisley Kitchen says
Found you on Two Cup Tuesday’s! I am absolutely in love with this idea! I work at Paper Source so we all sorts of beautiful paper. Thanks so much for sharing! Just liked you on facebook!
laura londergan says
love this – super cute!
I love everything about this. The color and paper you used is perfect!
This is such a good idea! We just built a new house and we have a ton of left over paint cans, I need to make one of these. I’ve included your post in my Five on Friday roundup today. Have a great weekend :)
Naomi @ Plaster & Disaster says
This is so pretty! What an awesome idea. It could also make a great unconventional gift box if you give the lid the same treatment. Thanks for sharing!
What a great idea! I absolutely love the gold! Thanks for sharing over at Motivational Monday!
Cynthia L says
I love this! I just bought some paint for my kitchen and now I know what to do with the empty can! So great! Thanks for sharing this at the This Is How We Roll Link Party. Can’t wait to see what you share next week.
Kristina and Millie says
wow too awesome!! love this upcycle! stylish, fun and unique! no one would ever think it was a paint can for sure :) Thanks for linking to Snickerdoodle Sunday. I hope you will link this to our creative challenge upcycle party on Friday!
Hi! Visiting from the All Things Thursday link party. This is so pretty! Where did you get the paper? I need some of that!
Very pretty! I love how you took a boring paint can and made it very chic.
Christina at SWEET HAUTE says
Fantastic colors and idea! Thanks for linking up to Show Me Saturdays link party, your post is being featured.
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KayleneP @ The Links Site says
I love this look and the idea of using them as storage containers! As well as in a craft room they would look great in a garden shed holding tools and supplies!
Trisha D. @Black and White Obsession says
What an absolutely genius idea to upcycle all of those paint cans! Love how elegant it looks! Totally going to make one for this summer!
Karen Bowen Pooler says
wow! So creative and such a nice idea of using a paint can! Can’t wait to try it!
Wow these are just adorable! Ty so much for sharing :)
Love this, thank you!
I really like making stuff!
These are wonderful!
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Thank you, these are great!
This is Gorgeous and very creative!! Where did you get the Beautiful paper please?
It was just some paper I had left over from another project :)