How to Decorate a Cooler

9 Jul

Something pretty popular among Southern Greeks is the decorated cooler. Being from a Northern Greek chapter we never  participated in the tradition of cooler decoration. However I thought the idea was so creative, interesting, and lets be real any opportunity to personalize something I’m in.

I decided to make a cooler for my road-trip from Ohio to Georgia; you need a cooler for such a long road trip why not have a beautiful one? The process was very simple! So to share in the creative love here are the steps to creating your own fabulous decorate cooler:

  1. Gather Supplies: these include a cooler of a size and shape you deem appropriate for its use, tape, plastic intended spray paint, spackle, sandpaper, and clear spray sealant.
  2. Use tape to mark off the handles completely, you do not want to paint those the paint will peel off in one trip to the beach or the park.
  3. Fill in the cooler logos with spackle and let dry for 24 hours.
  4. Sand off any texture you don’t want, including the spackle; make everything nice and smooth!
  5. Wipe all the white dust off of your cooler before you spray paint it.
  6. Spray paint your cooler with a spray-paint intended for plastic objects; regular spray paint will not stick.
  7. Once your cooler is good and dry, I’d wait several hours you’re ready to paint on the decoration!
  8. I would avoid using a pen or pencil to stencil on images, it tends to scratch the paint off.
  9. Let your artwork dry for several more hours, I’d honestly wait 12+ just to be safe.
  10. Once everything is dry clear coat spray everything to protect it! Focusing on high use areas, like the bottom edges.

To give you some ideas of why to create a cooler:

  1. House warming gift
  2. Graduation gift
  3. Thank you gift
  4. Vacation
  5. Birthday gift
  6. Anniversary gift

To give you some ideas of how to decorate your cooler:

  1. High School or College Mascot
  2. Favorite Colors
  3. Hobbies
  4. Favorite book/game/show
  5. Favorite Quote
  6. Map of where you will be using the cooler
  1. Supplies needed to decorate your cooler!

    Supplies needed to decorate your cooler!

    Finished Product! Front, Back, and Top
    Finished Product! Front, Back, and Top23photo

    Hope you find this informative!! Good luck with your creation!


2 Responses to “How to Decorate a Cooler”

  1. maggiemaysgifts July 10, 2013 at 12:48 AM #

    That turned out so nice!

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