DIY & Crafting

Crafting: How to Paint A Cooler (with a design-transfer)!

When I first joined Sigma Kappa and started to receive a lot of cute crafts from my big, I thought to myself - “I am not crafty AT ALL!” And then I got invited to my first mountain weekend and learned that I had to paint a cooler for my date. In high school I could barely draw cute doodles of flowers, never mind paint an entire cooler! Thankfully my hallmate Kristen taught me a few tricks to cooler painting (and crafting in general) and I was soon on my way to becoming a skillful Picasso.

Here is the technique I learned, and tweaked along the way, to transferring designs onto almost anything. I decided to paint a bubba keg for myself so that I can take it along on beach trips, Carolina Cup, or whatever I feel like!

Crafting: How to Paint A Cooler (with a design-transfer)!

Step 1: Prime your cooler with Krylon Fusion for Plastics. I like this primer the best because you don’t have to sand down the cooler.

Step 2: Paint the base color(s). I am going to transfer this Lilly Pulitzer print, so I have light blue as the base color.

Crafting: How to Paint A Cooler (with a design-transfer)!
Lilly print

Step 3: Print out the pattern on a normal 8×11 size paper and color/shade in the entire back of the paper with a pencil.

Crafting: How to Paint A Cooler (with a design-transfer)!

Step 4: Pick where you want the design and hold the paper up against the cooler, pattern side facing you. Color in the outline of the pattern with a pencil or pen. Make sure to use pressure when coloring in the pattern so that the graphite from the pencil on the other side transfers to the cooler.

Crafting: How to Paint A Cooler (with a design-transfer)!

Step 5: Paint the dark pattern that was transferred a deep purple or dark blue.

Step 6: I added my monogram using the same transfer method!

Crafting: How to Paint A Cooler (with a design-transfer)!

Step 7: Then I painted inside the lines of the flowers and voila!

Crafting: How to Paint A Cooler (with a design-transfer)!

Step 8: Make sure to paint a few layers of Mod Podge on it to steal it. (I also like to spray it with a sealant as well)

Happy crafting!

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