Thursday, June 17, 2010

10 Ways to Re-Use an Ice Cream Bucket

Ok, here we go again!  Another post in my ongoing series about re-using common and seemingly disposable household items.

I've done egg cartons and milk jugs.  This week it's Ice Cream Buckets.

Insert pretty picture of an ice cream bucket here.  Ooops, don't have one.  Shucks.

1.  Use one to hold your toilet plunger.  That way you don't have to get toilet plunger yuckies on your floor.  (I was at a friend's house today and saw that she had her plunger in a bucket behind the toilet......that's what inspired this list.  Nothing like a toilet plunger to trigger inspiration.)

2.  When my husband was little, he had an ice cream bucket filled with all sorts of little boy treasures.  Every day, he would go outside and explore, with bucket in hand, and collect trinkets.

3.  Wash them out really well and store baking supplies in them.  It might not be the prettiest container in the world, but it's functional.

4.  Use it in the bathroom to store bath tub toys.

5.  Use these in the sandbox or on the beach to make sand castles.  They would work well to make snow bricks for a snow fort in the winter, too.

6.  This would make a great container for color crayons.

7.  Store pet food in them.  Since the bucket and lid would be more air tight than a bag, the food would probably stay fresher longer.

8.  Have the kids decorate one and they can use it for holding candy when trick-or-treating or when they are watching parades.

9.  Works great for cleaning.  Just fill it with water and some All-Purpose Cleaner and clean like crazy.

10.  Turn it upside-down, cut two eye-holes in it, stick some wire on the top and.....TA have a robot helmet.  :)

What other ways can you think of to re-use an ice cream bucket?


  1. I use mine to store home made baby wipes. My toddler also likes them as toys :-)

  2. I love the idea for the robot helmet. How cute.

    You could also use it as a bank for the kids.

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  4. Can you do a post on reusing baby wipe containers? I have a ton of them, but don't want to throw them out...Thanks!

  5. I've been thinking about doing one about baby wipe containers..... I'll put on my thinking cap. :)

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