DIY Ice Bottle Cooler

see how to make this DIY ice bottle cooler

This DIY ice bottle cooler as seen on my holiday bar design is a stylish way to present vodka or white wine on the bar while keeping it cold at the same time.  It’s a simple project but you need to give yourself a couple of days to freeze the layers.  This works well for vodka because it can go in the freezer without turning solid, and is best served very cold anyway. You can also make an ice bowl as well! Great for serving cocktail shrimp or ice cream.

Here’s how it works…

how to make a layered ice cooler

What you’ll need:
  •  A 3-liter empty soda container that you will cut the top off of
  • distilled water for more clarity in your end result 
  • fruit such as lemons, limes, star fruit, or cranberries
  • duct tape – only in case your bottle floats up in the water 
Place the bottle of vodka inside the 3-liter container and fill with an inch or two of the distilled water – freeze until solid.
When the base is frozen you can begin adding slice fruit or berries around the bottle and fill with more water to just cover the fruit layer – freeze until solid.
Once the first fruit layer is frozen you can add your next layer in the same manner, filling with distilled water enough to cover the fruit.  This layer should take you to the top of the vodka bottle – freeze until solid.
Once the cooler is frozen, take it out of the freezer so it can thaw slightly – enough to work the 3-liter container off of the ice (about 30 minutes).  You may still need to dip in luke warm water to help ease it off.  Once you have the ice cooler out of the container store it in the freezer until ready to set on your bar.
ice bottle cooler
Important Tips:
  • When setting the ice cooler out on your bar, set it in a shallow dish or tray that’s lined with a small towel. This will prevent the icy base from slipping around on the dish, as well as help contain the melting ice. Under normal home temperatures this should last a few hours. 
  • If you would like to use the ice cooler for white wine or other cold drink, just insert an empty bottle (wine bottle or other decorative bottle) into the 3-liter container and follow the same steps.  You can add your beverage to the empty bottle inside (using a funnel) after the cooler is frozen.  

ice bottle cooler

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Chris Nease is a party stylist and home entertaining expert with over 15 years of experience. In addition to her work as founding editor of Celebrations At Home, Chris is an editorial stylist and has contributed to, SheKnows, and countless other websites. Most recently she was featured in Celebrate magazine, and her work has been published in Woman's World, Ocala Style, Yum Food & Fun for Kids, and Cottages & Bungalows.


  1. Isabella Costallat says:

    I just love it! My uncle brought me a Orange Absolut and for sure I´m going to to it in the New Year!!!!!!

  2. Courtney @ Pizzazzerie says:

    I love this Chris! So festive and such a neat idea!

  3. What a good idea! I am going to share with my friends!Here in Brasil our weather is too hot. This is gonna be something fabulous to keep our drinks beautiful and cold!

  4. Kim - The TomKat Studio says:

    Absolutely genius! Love it!

  5. A Blissful Nest says:

    Chris that is fabulous!!

  6. Elle Belles Bows says:

    So festive!! Love that you used the limes and cranberries! Kerri

  7. Party Box Design says:

    this is really such a great idea! amazing because anyone can do it, and its so inexpensive but looks so stylish!

    love love love!

  8. Genevieve Le Bel says:

    DUDE!!! I've tried this 100 time and my fruit always floated to the top! Never thought to freeze and add, freeze and add!!!! GENIUS! This is me bowing down to your awesomeness! 😉

  9. Tricia @ Vintage No. 35 says:

    This is awesome! It looks great!

  10. little treasures says:

    What a fabulous idea…although I might have to wait a few months to try it…it's Summer here in Australia and the ice would melt within minutes of hitting our hot Summer air. It's definitely on my Winter To-Do list!! Thanks so much for sharing xx

  11. Half Baked says:

    LOVE it! You're a party planning genius! :)

  12. Alex @ EEAD says:

    Argh wish I saw this at the beginning of the month! It's a fabulous idea!!!!

  13. LOVE it!!

  14. Genial!! love it!!

  15. Shanna Brown says:

    Is it easy to serve the drink with this cooler on it ? It looks frozen around the Vodka bottle.

    • Shanna, the ice is actually frozen onto the bottle so when you serve/pour, you are lifting the entire thing. Very easy – just remember to leave enough room around the bottle neck to pick it up. This also makes it important to use the towel underneath so it doesn’t slip & slide as you place it back down.

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  17. I make clear ice cubes w/ edible flowers using boiling hot water poured into ice cube trays (and they come out crystal clear). So I’m going to try this by applying the same principle and see if it comes out less cloudy! Can’t wait to try it!

  18. Chrissy says:

    I saw something else on pinterest that showed if you boil the water before you freeze it, it will freeze clear. :)

    • I’ve heard that too but not tried it yet. If you use distilled water (which I did) it’s SUPPOSED to freeze clera also. As you can see it’s not really…. 😉

  19. Putting salt in the water makes it defrost slower than useal


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