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Halloween’s always been one of my favorite holidays. I love everything about it– from the DIY costumes (linking my favorites here, here, and here!) to the excessive candy eating and spooky decorations. Everyone knows Halloween parties are the most fun, too, especially when you’ve got all the right boo-ze. Sorry, couldn’t resist. So, I wanted to share some fun Halloween bar cart ideas with y’all in today’s post, one of which is a cute and crazy simple DIY pumpkin ice bucket that I made with my Cricut Explore Air 2. Keep reading for the full tutorial!
DIY Pumpkin Ice Bucket
This DIY pumpkin ice bucket is absolutely adorable and the perfect addition to any Thanksgiving or Halloween bar cart. Also, it takes under 10 minutes to create, and unlike a real pumpkin, you can reuse it year after year. Here’s all you need:
- Large craft pumpkin- It should be big enough to hold 2-3 bottles of wine. I found mine at Hobby Lobby.
- Carving knife- It just needs to be sharp enough to cut through the pumpkin’s foam.
- Cricut Explore Air 2- I love everything about my Cricut Explore Air 2, but, honestly, any other comparable smart cutting device will do just fine.
- Permanent gold vinyl- This budget-friendly vinyl on Amazon is half the cost of Cricut vinyl. Just sayin’!
- Contact paper- Contact paper makes transferring the “cheers” decal simple and seamless. I use this brand.
- Cling wrap- Cling wrap doesn’t let water or air get through, so it’s a great makeshift solution for ice bucket waterproofing.
- Weeding and scraper tools- I love my Basic Cricut Tools, but you can totally make do with items around the house.
To get started, cut the top off the foam pumpkin. I used an old carving knife, and it cut through the foam seamlessly.
Next, log into Cricut Design Space. You can either design your own decal (“booze” or “drinks” would be super cute, too!) or you can click here to use the “cheers” template I created. I chose it because I figured it could work well for Thanksgiving, too. For reference, I used the Magnolia font.
Set up the gold vinyl on your cutting mat and click “Make It” in Design Space. The Cricut Explore Air 2 will cut the decal in seconds.
Next, use your Cricut weeding tool (or finger nails) to carefully remove all the excess vinyl from your design. Once your decal is weeded and ready to go, transfer it to your pumpkin with contact paper. If you have trouble getting the vinyl to stick to the contact paper, I highly recommend running the Cricut scraper tool (or a credit card) over it a few times. It works like a charm.
Finally, after (carefully!) removing the transfer paper, your DIY pumpkin ice bucket is ready to hold some drinks! One final tip, though– before adding any ice, cover the inside with cling wrap. It’s discrete, effective, and will safeguard the inside of your foam pumpkin.
Super cute right?! And SO easy. I think mine took 10 minutes to make from start to finish. Also, if you’ve got any foam pumpkins lying around, this would make an adorable hostess gift!
Halloween Bar Cart Ideas
No matter which holiday I’m decorating for, I always like to stick to a color theme. I chose gold, black, and orange for this year’s Halloween bar cart. Unfortunately, I don’t have many cute orange items laying around the house (and I’m on a budget), so I added some ultra affordable candy corn, mellocreme pumpkins, and orange napkins for pops of color. I also lucked out and found Ruffino Prosecco at the grocery store. Not only was it on sale, its labels are black and orange!
I also threw together a fun Halloween floral arrangement using fresh cut pumpkin tree branches (which I actually found at Gerbes!), seeded eucalyptus, green foliage, and purple preserved stoebe plumosa foliage.
Old books are also one of my favorite ways to decorate fall bar carts because, I mean, they’re already lying around your house. I took the sleeves off a few of my old Agatha Christie mysteries, and I love the way their black covers compliment the rest of the bar cart. For an extra spooky touch, you can spread fake cobwebs over them, too.
And the final touch? A golden glass shadow box filled with tiny white pumpkins and succulents, which I found at Hobby Lobby. The glass shadow box was a gift from a PR firm, but you can find a similar one here.
So, what do y’all think? And what are you plans for Halloween? Kyle’s and my tradition is to hand out candy to trick-or-treaters while drinking margaritas and watching scary movies. It’s low key, but I look forward to it every year. Let me know if you’ve got any movie recommendations!
Photography by Catherine Rhodes.