Impress Guests on Halloween with This DIY Pumpkin Ice Chest


Maybe you’re having guests over for an evening night of s’mores and spooky stories around the fireplace. Or perhaps you’re hosting a Halloween movie night for a small group of friends. Whatever the occasion, why not make a festive splash with a pumpkin turned ice chest? This simple DIY packs a lot of wow for minimal effort, plus it really helps get everyone into the All Hallows’ Eve mood. Here’s the how-to!

What You Need

  • Large pumpkin
  • Knife
  • Marker
  • Spoon

Step 1: Draw Guidelines
To make sure you cut across your pumpkin evenly, use a marker to create cutting guidelines around the entire pumpkin. For best results, you’ll want to cut about 1/3 from the top. It doesn’t have to be perfect and you can wash off any marker later, so don’t stress!


Step 2: Cut Off The Top and Gut
Using a knife and a very careful hand, gently cut along lines you just drew. You can use any knife you feel comfortable with, including a serrated knife or carving knife. There are pumpkin carving knifes available in stores that cut through your pumpkin easily and are safe to handle. Next, pull out the ooey gooey insides, set aside and scrape it clean.


Step 3: Hollow Out
You may have a really thick pumpkin, as shown below. If so, hollow out the pumpkin using a knife or spoon. Continue hollowing out until your pumpkin is about one to two inches thick all around.


Step 4: Fill With Ice and Serve
Fill your pumpkin about halfway to 3/4 full of ice, then place your beverages inside. Depending on the size of your pumpkin, it will hold four to seven 12 oz. bottles, or one bottle of wine.


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    Kelly Schrock 10/01/2014 at 11:56 am #

    Cute! The pumpkin is too… 😀

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    Emilie 10/02/2014 at 4:17 am #

    Omg that is awesome!

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    Ardala 10/24/2014 at 11:52 am #

    Love your blog!

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