Make a Killer Floating Shark Cooler for Your Next Party

Sink your teeth into this easy summertime project that'll make your pool party more fun and memorable.

Photo by: Gabriela Hardan

Gabriela Hardan

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Easily transform a boring cooler into a floating shark for your next pool party.

What You'll Need:

  • 28-quart cooler
  • protective paper or plastic (for under the cooler lid)
  • painter's tape
  • foam (big enough for the shark fin)
  • marker
  • sharp scissors
  • hot glue gun and sticks
  • dark gray paint and primer spray paint
  • (3) pool noodles
  • sharp knife
  • (2) bungee cords
  • (12) zip ties

Protect the Cooler

Place a sheet of scrap paper or newspaper under the lid of the cooler (Image 1). Attach painter's tape around the edges underneath the lid (Image 2).

Make the Shark Fin

Draw a fin on a piece of foam using a marker (Images 1-3). Cut out with sharp scissors (Images 4 and 5).

Attach the Fin to the Cooler

Attach the fin to the center of the cooler's lid using hot glue.

Paint the Lid

Spray paint the lid and fin with a dark gray paint and primer spray paint. Let dry.

Cut the Pool Noodles

Fit the pool noodles around the cooler, and cut at the corners at a 45-degree angle using a large, sharp knife (Images 1 and 2). You should have four pieces that fit around the cooler (Image 3).

Connect the Pool Noodles

Cut the hook off one end of a bungee cord, and loop that end through the holes in the pool noodles to connect all four (Images 1 and 2). Tie the cut end to the hook on the other end of the bungee cord (Images 3 and 4). Adjust the noodles to hid the knot. Repeat all steps to make a second rectangle of noodles.

Attach the Noodle Rectangles Together

Stack the two noodle rectangles, and attach a zip tie around the top noodles near each corner — four total. Next, loop another zip tie through each zip tie at the top, and loop around the bottom noodles to connect the two stacks together (Images 1-4).

Attach the Cooler

Place the cooler inside the pool noodles, and pull the noodles halfway up the cooler (Image 1). Attach a zip tie to the top pool noodle on both sides of the cooler where the handle is (Image 2). Loop a zip tie through each end of the handle and loop through the zip tie on the pool noodle to connect them (Image 3). Tighten the zip ties (Image 4), and cut off the ends (Image 5).

Let it Float

Fill the cooler with beverages, and place in the pool to float around!

Photo by: Gabriela Hardan

Gabriela Hardan

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