For me the beginning of this summer was mostly spent indoors, due to some crazy pregnancy morning sickness (it’s so nice to be alive again). Anywho, now that I’m finally feeling better we are headed out for more picnics in this warm weather. I’ve never really had a cute picnic basket or container to carry food to a picnic, so I made one.
Instead of packing your meal in a plain container, make your own pretty Pineapple Picnic Cooler. You can update most any cooler with some paint and pineapples (I made a free printable so you can make your own). This colorful and cute creation will be the fanciest cooler in the park.
Supplies needed to create my Pineapple Picnic Cooler:
- Cooler (I used this small cooler from Igloo)
- Painter’s Tape
- Spray Paint Primer
- Colorful Spray Paint
- Free Printable Pineapple Shapes
STEP 1: Rub the sandpaper over the portion of the cooler you’re spray painting (for me it’s the bottom dark blue part of the cooler). Wipe the sanded portion down with a wet rag, and let dry completely.
STEP 2: Tape off the portion of the cooler that you don’t want to paint with the painter’s tape. In a well ventilated space (preferably outdoors) and wearing a mask, spray the primer onto the cooler (following the spray can directions). After a few coats of primer, start to apply the color spray paint. Let the paint dry for 24 hours.
STEP 3: Print out the free printable pineapples onto the printer paper. Cut them out just around the edge.
STEP 4: Use the Mod Podge to apply the pineapples to the cooler. Apply a couple of layers of Mod Podge over the pineapples and the whole painted portion of the cooler (allowing about an hour dry time between each coat).
STEP 5: In a well ventilated space (preferably outdoors) and wearing a mask, spray the clear acrylic spray onto the cooler and over the pineapples (following the spray can directions). Let the paint dry for over 24 hours.
STEP 6: When the cooler is dry, remove the tape and you’re done.
Tip: I recommend letting the paint sit for a couple of days on the cooler. The paint will get harder the longer you let it set.
I want to see what you’re crafting! You can share a link to what you’ve made in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).
P.S. I was a paid contributor for the HP Create blog.