Tobins' Tastes: DIY Personalized Beverage Tub

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

DIY Personalized Beverage Tub

I have a beverage tub obsession. I really do. I have more beverage tubs than any one person could ever need. I have big ones, small ones, all colors and sizes. I have a one with Christmas colored jingle bells attached to it, one shaped like a pumpkin. I love having themed parties just so I can use the "perfect" one. Weird, I know.

So when it comes to wedding gifts or house warming gifts I always feel the need to incorporate a beverage tub into my present. Because, really, who wouldn't want one? I usually find one at Target and fill it with fun items for newly weds or if it is a housewarming gift I use my stockpile to fill it with all the things a new homeowner would need.

I recently saw the cutest personalized tubs online. You could order them house numbers or last names and they were adorable. Only problem is they were over $100 each. So when I wanted to get my brother a housewarming gift for his new apartment in Chicago, I figured I could make him one for a fraction of the price and still have room in my budget to add some fun things to his tub.

I started with a plain white beverage tub from Target which I just happened to find on clearance for $10. I then purchased vinyl black numbers from Michaels for the house number. They were .99 cents per two pack of numbers so all in all I spent $13 to create my very own personalized beverage tub.

I then carefully placed on the numbers and attempted to smooth out any creases or lines. While this may not be completely professional looking, I was really happy with the results and I love that I can create a very personalized gift without breaking the bank.

Since I saved alot of money by making the tub myself, I was able to fill it with fun things my brother would need for his new apartment like espresso cups, a cool wine opener, and lots of other things like cleaning products from my stockpile so he wouldn't have to go out and spend money on all those things. As a couponer, I can often forget how much it costs to pay full price for all the things you need when you move into a new home.

I am so excited about all the possibilities for this project. I want to try using different color schemes as well as using letters to spell out last names or even to put wedding dates on tubs for my newly married friends. Maybe I will even make one for Justin and I because, honestly, I am pretty sure we could always use one more : )

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  1. I've never really thought about beverage tubs and now I think I want one! So cute!

  2. This is AWESOME!! Such a unique gift and yet sooo practical and fun!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  3. Kaylee, this is such a great idea! I LOVE the idea of this for a bridal shower gift. Thanks for linking up to Show & Share Wednesday!

  4. I don't own a beverage tub....but I want one now! This is really great! I love the crisp look of the dark against the white!

  5. I don't even own a beverage tub...are you gasping in shock. You make them sound so fun and cute it makes me thing I have been totally missing out on something!

  6. I am another beverage tub fanatic, but I don't think I have ever used them for beverages! I love the look of the numbers!

  7. So cute and simple! Great job! Thanks for sharing at the Pomp Party! Pinning!

  8. This is a great DIY! So cute! I'd love for you to share it at my Twirl & Take a Bow party at It would make a great addition!

  9. What a great idea! I saw one of the tubs on clearance at Kohl's last weekend but I didn't get it because I didn't know what I would do with it. Should have picked it up because I could have done this and then put some plants in it.

    Thanks for sharing on Marvelous Mondays!

  10. What a great idea - I love new housewarming gift ideas!

  11. This is really cute and like you said, so full of potential. What a great idea!!! THanks for sharing!
    Found you on the IMM bloghop

  12. What a great idea for a beverage tub--it looks great! And so many ways to personalize it, as you mention.

  13. this looks great, nothing like a personalised tub. I personally go mad labelling everything because what doesn't look cuter with a nice label? :)

  14. Kaylee,
    This looks beautiful! Super gift idea. I can’t wait to try this. Thanks so much for linking up last week to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you have for this week’s party! Have a great week.

  15. Cute idea! Thanks for linking up! I'm Pinning.

  16. What a great addition to a party! It would even be great to add a wedding date, anniversary or big birthday milestone.

    I wanted to invite you to join my blog's link party this week. I think my readers would really enjoy this project. It's such a great idea.

    Thanks for sharing such great inspiration.

  17. What a great housewarming gift. I remember moving into my first Chicago apt in Lakeview - ah those were the days! :-) Now I think I need a tub of my own. Thanks for sharing on Tout It Tuesday. Hope to see you tomorrow.

  18. I think this would be great gift or keep it for myself with some fall plants on my front porch! Thank you so much for sharing this at All my Bloggy Friends last week. I can't wait to see what you share tomorrow! :)


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