Whether you’re hosting a dinner party in the backyard or just relaxing on the dock, you need to keep you and your guests hydrated. Stocking your cooler with everything you need for the day will save you the time and hassle of running to and from the fridge. Best of all? They don’t have to be basic plastic boxes anymore. Here are a few DIY cooler ideas to add a little chill and style to your next outdoor occasion.
Noodle beverage boat
Although having a cooler by the water is good, having a cooler floating next to you (so you never have to leave the lake) is even better. This is an easy and inexpensive project that can be made with a pool noodle, a plastic storage container, and some waterproof nylon rope. It’s also sure to be a great conversation starter. Instructions: www.instructables.com
Picnic table cooler
This is one centre piece that is sure to impress your guests. The centre board of the table is removed to make room for a gutter that stores ice and all of your favourite beverages. Plus, the cavity can be covered with the board that was removed when the cooler is not in use. It not only makes drinks ultra-accessible, but it also allows you to display them in a fun and aesthetically pleasing way. Instructions: www.hallmarkchannel.com
Great for a rustic garden party or backyard barbecue, the wheelbarrow cooler is exactly what it sounds like. Be sure to clean your wheelbarrow of any dirt and debris before simply filling it with ice. Plop your favourite drinks on top and enjoy.
The canoe cooler is a practical and stylish way to serve drinks to the masses, making it a great option for a wedding or big family reunion at the cottage.
Fridge patio cooler
This oversized chest cooler is actually created from a broken fridge. All the coolants and electrical parts have been removed and the insulated contents are outfitted with wooden framing to fit in with your deck or patio. Instructions: www.diycozyhome.com
Sewing table cooler
This one is both a cooler and serving cart, making it the perfect drink station for any occasion. Refresh a boring old sewing table with some colourful paint and new hardware, and then insert a roasting pan into the cavity to hold ice and drinks. Instructionswww.sweetcsdesigns.com
Water balloon ice bucket
The water balloon ice bucket is an adorable and colourful short-term solution. Fill and freeze water balloons and use them to cool anything from a cast iron bucket to a glass bowl. This one is especially great for birthday parties.
Wine barrel cooler
This DIY project requires a little more handy work than the others, but promises great results. It doubles as a table and a cooler, making it the perfect addition to your patio, spring through fall. Instructions au.lifestyle.yahoo.com