Make a boat cooler for parties.
I made this boat cooler for my son’s birthday party in kindergarten and it was such a hit! The unfinished wood boat was made to be used as a shelf, but with the right supplies I waterproofed it and insulated it to make a fun boat cooler. Here’s how to make your own.
Supplies Used to Make a Boat Cooler: (affiliate links included)
- Solarize Craft Pack (3)
- Waterproof PUL fabric
- Wood boat shelf, large
- Metallic paint: Silver
- Metallic Lustre: Silver Spark and Black Shimmer
- White craft paint
- Staple gun
- Craft sponge
- Synthetic trim
Step one: Paint the body of the ship with silver metallic paint. Let the paint dry completely.
Step two: Use a craft sponge to dab Black Shimmer metallic lustre over the ship’s hull. Clean the sponge and dab Silver Spark over the ship. This will help create a galvanized metal effect. I love the faux paint finish technique…it’s one of my favorites.
Step three: Measure the dimensions of each section of the ship. For this particular ship from Darice, the largest box was 7 inches square and 5 inches deep. The next one was 7 x6x5, and the triangle was 5 inches at the widest point.
Step four: Use a ruler to draw the dimensions of the “box” on the fabric. You will create a shape that looks like a plus sign.
Step five: Cut the PUL fabric and the Solarize liner. Pin them together.
Step six: Pin and stitch the edges together to create boxes to place inside the shelves of the boat.
Step seven: When the compartments are ready, stitch the three “boxes” together where they meet.
Step eight: Fold the edges of the fabric over and use a staple gun to attach the liner to the wood boat. Staple synthetic silver trim over the staples to create a more polished look.
I originally published this project on the Fairfield World site, where I am a Master Maker.