So, is it recycling or upcycling?? I dunno. What I DO know is that we go through a LOT of ice cream in this house & that leaves a LOT of ice cream buckets laying around! Yes, I could send them to the recycling center, but since I have a small addiction to storage containers & the lids are pretty much air tight, I keep them. So, here are some ideas for reusing your plastic ice cream buckets. Ours look like this –
I tried painting a few of them with Rust-Oleum paint. It worked fine – until I had to move in front of the A/C unit. At that point, the paint started cracking – possibly because the unit was on & so the air dried the paint too quickly.
Most of them are still plain-jane looking, since I’m not so good at cutsey. But, they would be easy to spiff up with some ribbon, lace, twine, vinyl letters from a Silhouette (that I’m STILL trying to win!), etc. You cutesy, I’ll be utilitarian. 🙂
Here are some ways we use our buckets –
The uses are infinite! Think small books, hair care, spray paint, craft paint, paint brushes & supplies, packing tape, safety glasses (in felt pockets – that’s for another day), small stuffed animals, ribbon (just punch holes in sides to pull through), party supplies, neighbor/party gifts, etc.
Hopefully, that’s given you something to think about. Make yours cute & send me some pics, so I’ll have a clue what to do on that end!