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Old 07-31-2002, 08:56 PM
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Ice-Cream Buckets

What do I do with all those empty ice-cream buckets?!?
Besides storage any good craft ideas???

Thanks in advance

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Old 08-03-2002, 08:04 AM
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Uses for Ice cream buckets

There are many uses for the plastic ice cream buckets with handles. They could be decorated and used for trick or treat baskets.

I use one with a scoop to scoop out my cat litter boxes.

I use one as a cleaning bucket for small jobs.

I place water in a few and freeze them for use in my cooler instead of ice packs.

That's all I can think of for now. Hope this helps.

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Old 08-03-2002, 08:32 AM
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I use mine for when we go to the "U PICK" berry places.

1. They are the perfect size( berries come in quarts and you can get 4 quarts in one ice cream pail......4 litres=4 quarts approx.)

2. They have handles on them to make them easy to carry.

3. Saves on buying containers there to pick your berries with !!!!

I also use one for compostable waste. Fill up my ice cream bucket in the house ...then take it outside to the composter for composting......


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Old 08-03-2002, 01:02 PM
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Ice Cream Bucket

Hey I gave some to my child's teacher They use them for supplies

Ex: crayons paints of course I save a few for my child's small toys and crayons to
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Old 08-04-2002, 11:45 AM
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HI! You could get some good acrylic craft paints and paint some orange and paint a face on them and let the kids use them for halloween trick or treating. Paint some white and paint a snowman's face on them and use them to put some pine cones, christmas tree ornaments, or christmas greenry, and or lights in them for decorations. Maybe even paint some green and paint a witches face on them. Snazz them up with some ribbons, raffia,etc. on the handle. Hope this gives you some inspiration!! Just let your imagination run wild!!
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Old 08-04-2002, 02:59 PM
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Ice cream buckets, almost as many uses as for 8 oz yogart cartons and 5-gallon buckets.

Buckets to store sorted items, such as sewing, gardening, office supplies, seed packets, dog toys, dog treats, kid treats, small tools, in home, garage, or car.

Mixing up large recipes, when you don't have the money or storage space for large kitchen bowls

As small ice bucket to keep sodas and beers cold while lounging. Sand pails at the beach.

Freeze large blocks of ice instead of buying expensive blocks of ice.

Mixing small amounts of soil amendments.

Carry snacks in car while traveling.

Store smelly items until washing.

Store used medical supplies to return to biohazard facility (diabetic syringes, lancets, etc.).

Decorate for Easter baskets for kids. Decorate for other holidays and fill accordingly.

Use to carry toiletries while camping.

Use to carry breakable items when traveling/camping. Accidents would be a inconvenience rather than major mess.

Store valuable papers when threatened by water damage.
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Old 08-05-2002, 08:11 PM
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HI Ladies!

Thanks for all the great STORAGE ideas. Some of them were very creative.

Harleychick.........(I used to be a Harley chick too) you had the right idea....

..... I'm looking more for craft ideas...

....maybe like bird feeders or.............well............... that's where I draw a blank. Something physical to do with the buckets.

Welcome to the forum Harleybarbb, you'll love it here.

Thanks everyone.................keep 'em coming

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Old 08-11-2002, 03:07 PM
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Thanks for the welcome, Lawnangel! I am sure I will enjoy myself here along with getting some good ideas and such. I will try to come up with some other ideas for you. When I do I will post them. Good luck with your project!! I have faith in you, you will come up with something special yourself, you'll see! Barb
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Old 08-12-2002, 04:44 AM
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I just remembered something that I found a long time ago. I wanted to try this but just never did. You take three pillar candles and place them in the bucket and then you pour melted wax around them and you have a three wick candle. I would think that it would take a lot of wax to do this but it would burn for an awlfully long time. If you try this you will have to let me know how it turns out

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Old 08-12-2002, 08:12 AM
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That is a great idea, Sunflower! Instead of using wax, why not use sand, or potting soil and put a couple of votive candles, or something a little bigger, or taller into the sand? You could then add some sea shells around them and have a theme! Anything that wouldn't be a fire hazard would work around the candles, don't you think? Some sea shells, or whatever else is used, could even be glued on the sides here and there to complete the outside of pail, and the pail could be painted as well. It could even be covered with contac paper or old wallpaper, etc. Pick a theme and let your imagination loose!! The sand would be easy to clean up any wax drippings too. Hope this helps!

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