Bring the beauty of nature to your holiday party with an ice wine cooler. It takes just a few minutes and a few simple ingredients to turn your favorite wine into a showpiece for your friends and family.
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The Beauty of Nature
Evergreen trees are beautiful after a winter storm. The icy branches glitter and gleam against the peaceful white landscape. It’s nature’s artwork at its finest.
I love using natural elements in my holiday decoration. Pine cones, evergreen limbs, and cranberries are affordable craft supplies that can be used all over your home.
How to Make an Easy Ice Wine Cooler
Have you seen the ice wine coolers made by freezing an empty bucket inside a larger water bucket?
These ice lanterns and wine coolers are gorgeous, but they take a lot of patience to make. It can also be hard to keep the berries and branches from floating to the top of the mold, and they can take up to 48 hours to freeze solid.
I knew I wouldn’t have time to freeze a solid ice cooler for my Christmas party, so I created an easy ice wine cooler tutorial using glass pantry containers I already owned, ice, and natural elements.
The ice wine cooler can be completed in less than 5 minutes and is perfect for any celebration.
Ice Wine Cooler Supplies
You’ll need a few basic household items to make the ice wine cooler:
- Large glass jar or container (approximately 11 inches high with a 9-inch diameter)
- Small glass jar or container (approximately 7 inches high with a 6-inch diameter)
- Ice (approximately 7 lbs; small pieces work best)
- Fresh Cranberries
- Evergreen Wreath (optional)
- Evergreen Clippings
- Wine or other Beverage
Ice Wine Cooler Directions
Follow these easy steps to make your wine cooler:
- Place a large glass container on top of the evergreen wreath. Adjust until it is level.
- Add 2-3 inches of ice to the container’s bottom and cover it with a few evergreen sprigs and some cranberries.
- Place the small glass container on top of the ice.
- Layer ice, evergreens, and cranberries in the space between the outer container and center glass container, ending with evergreen sprigs.
- Place your favorite pre-chilled wine or beverage into the cooler.
- If desired, add a few battery-operated tea lights to the bottom of the small container. It adds lovely flickering light to the cooler for evening events.
Wine Cooler Tips
The ice wine cooler makes a beautiful addition to any holiday celebration with family and friends. Some tips for use:
- Place the cooler on a folded towel to protect your table from moisture. The wreath will hide the towel.
- Don’t have two glass containers? Layer ice, cranberries, and evergreens in a large container and place the wine bottles directly into the ice.
- If you live in a cold area, the cooler looks beautiful when placed on an outdoor porch or deck table. Decorate the table and use the area to store extra wine and other beverages attractively until they are needed. The cold weather keeps them chilled and frees up valuable refrigerator space.