Picnic Prep: How to Dress Up Your Cooler
Make your next picnic pop with this colorful and customized cooler.
- 9 qt. personal cooler (made of PE and PP)
- origami paper in desired colors
- decoupage glue
- water-based polyurethane
- foam paintbrush
- 1" chip paintbrush
Choose Your Cooler
Big or small, just make sure the cooler is clean and dry before you start. We chose a nine-quart personal cooler with a flat top and swing-up handle made of high-density polyethylene and polypropylene for durability.
Using scissors, cut out bits of colored paper. Word to the wise, straight edges makes for easier application later.
Paint on Glue
Using a foam paintbrush, apply a layer of decoupage glue.
Quickly place papers onto the surface of the cooler, starting at the corners. Brush each piece to smooth out any bumps.
Layer It Up
Add more shapes into the mix, using the same technique. Continue adding layers of paper until the top of the cooler is covered.
Coat With Sealer
Allow the papers and decoupage glue to dry a few hours, then add a clear coat of polyurethane to protect your work. Allow this to dry for a couple of days before you put your trendy-topped cooler to use.