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Upcycled Ice Cream Container

When I got home after the drive that would never end from Florida, I had this overwhelming urge to make something. Anything. I mean I had to craft something or I was going to go stir crazy like a writer does when they have inspiration to write and it’s 3 am they have to get out of bed and write or they just lose their marbles.

That kind of thing.

The problem was I didn’t really need to make anything at that point in time. What I did need to do was 10 piles of laundry, cook dinner, prep school lunches and all that other fun stuff.

But then I saw these ice cream containers. Ok technically they’re frozen yogurt containers but it tastes so much like real ice cream that you’ll forget it’s frozen yogurt  (Chapman’s did not pay me to say that, I buy this stuff all the time).  And then I said Hey! Let’s make an apple picking bucket.

Because that’s what everyone needs. An apple picking bucket. Because apparently the bags they give you to pick apples at the apple picking farms aren’t enough. Even I was like “Come on Alex, who has time for this.”

But this is what happens when you get into a creative mood. You need to make something.

Upcycling an ice cream container (2)

So I grabbed some twine, felt, ribbon and my glue gun and went town decorating.

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Upcycling an ice cream container

Wrapping the twine was shockingly easier and faster than I thought it would be. I just spun the bucket around and kept the twine in my right hand. Sort of like when a machine threads a bobbin.

Hey I even know that a bobbin is now. Bonus points.

Then we punched 2 holes on either side of the bucket with an old fashioned nail and hammer and threaded through some ribbon for a handle. The insides of the ribbon are tied in a simple knot.

And it wound up looking pretty darn freaking cute  if I do say so.

DIY Twine bucket

Apple Picking Bucket behind

Apple picking bucket

The kids loved them, that’s all that mattered in the end. We missed apple picking season last year because of the bad crops. This year was amazing. We met up some great friends and made off like the Evil Queen with some seriously nice Cortland apples.

picking apples

apple picking

And you know what else I just did?

Gave myself (and you) an excuse to buy more ice cream.

Upcycled Ice Cream Container

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  • Reply
    September 23, 2013 at 9:20 am

    I wondered what you where going to make and as the feature expanded – I never guessed it was going to be a Apple Container/Collector! Very Cool!

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    September 23, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Beyond amazing!!! Love it…so simple yet imaginative. Alex, I envy you.

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    September 23, 2013 at 10:18 am

    You’re like a recycle genius

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    Victoria • Restoring our Victorian
    September 23, 2013 at 10:43 am

    That IS adorable… but I am totally bummed by apple season in general. I know other people love fall, but I mostly dread the down comforter and months of fleece…

    Can’t wait to hear about your blogpodium experience!

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    September 23, 2013 at 11:49 am

    This is so hard “core”!!!! No kid of yours will be caught with an apple sack. Are you kidding me! Ha Ha! These turned out great, Alex! You are the “good queen” of crafting. I’m always inspired by your projects. They make me smile. 🙂 Apple pie, anyone? mmmmmmmm

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    September 23, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    Soooooooooo creative and uniquely made. Congrats on your nomination for The Good Neighbor Award! Blessings, Mtetar

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    now at home mom
    September 23, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    very creative Alex, I would’ve never thought of making this out of a frozen yogurt container 😉 + your little ones are so pretty! 🙂

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    Tara @ Suburble
    October 7, 2013 at 11:06 am

    How did I miss this tutorial?!?!? I love this upcycle! So cute – and I love that little felt apple! I’m pinning this ASAP!

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    Vivian Daly
    November 12, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    What a fabulous idea!

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    September 23, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    You;d never know what was underneath!! This would make a great gift basket for a teacher too!

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