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DIY Cooler Makeovers

DIY Cooler Makeovers

Paige Hemmis and Maria Provenzano show you how to update your summertime coolers.
Materials for Maria's Ice Cream Stand
  • A Small Table
  • White Foam Core
  • Foam Sheets
  • Sticker Letters
  • Cooler
  • Balloons
  • Ribbon
  • Pom Pops
  • Assorted Tissue Paper
Materials for Paige's Americana Stand
  • Wooden Slats
  • Red, White and Blue Paint
  • Drill
  • Bottle Opener
  • Catch Bucket
  • Chalkboard Paint
  • Cooler


Directions for Maria's Cooler

- Attach the first piece of white foam core to the front of table using a hot glue gun; make sure it is attached so that if you place the cooler behind it, it will hide the cooler

- Attach the two other pieces of foam core to the two sides of the table

- Attach the white duct tape to the foam core where the pieces meet each other

- Cut the foam sheets in long strips of even sizes, then cut the bottom to round it out

- Finally create the “ice cream” sign by attaching the letter stickers to the triangle banner pieces, and attach to the awning as desired!

Ice Cream Wheels
- Cut the last piece of foam core into two large circles

- Draw a shape on the circle to create a “wheel” look, and cut out the shapes

- The “wheels” can be painted any color you like!

- Attach the wheels to the front of the ice cream truck

Ice Cream Balloons
- Blow up a balloon with helium and tie a ribbon to bottom

- Create a cone shape with the tan paper around the bottom of the balloon so that the ribbon is able to come out of the bottom of the balloon in order to tie it onto the “ice cream truck”

- Attach the paper to the balloon with double sided tape or glue dots

- Add the red pom pom to the top of the balloon with double sided tape or a glue dot; optional

- Attach the rectangular pieces of tissue paper to the balloons with tape to look like sprinkles

Directions for Paige's Cooler


- Use wooden slats and build them around the cooler, for a rustic look. This also worked out perfectly for my American flag design, as the slats essentially become your stripes

- Once you’ve wrapped our wood slats around the cooler, drill holes in the top left area of the front, to create our “stars.” THIS will also function as our bluetooth speaker system, so the music will be coming out of the holes themselves.

- Paint your slats, alternating red and white

- Paint your top left area all blue (don’t worry about the white, as the holes create this affect)

- On the side of the cooler, drill your bottle open to the top wooden slat

- Below it, drill your catch bucket

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