DIY Retro Summer Drink Cooler

My kids are officially on summer break, which means our days will soon be filled with trips to the pool.  My kids are like little fish when it comes to swimming, and could spend all day out at the pool.  Which means I need to be super prepared with all of our pool essentials before we even leave the house.  A few days ago I shared my new custom DIY Pineapple Pool Bag and today I’m going to show you how to make a DIY Retro Summer Drink Cooler to keep your beverages and snacks cold while you are lounging by the pool.

Last summer I purchased this Retro Drink Cooler from World Market and it is my favorite way to keep things cold.  Even when my husband packs our large cooler, I still throw a few things in this one and take it with me.  I can’t help it, it’s just too darn cute and way more stylish!  It’s also the perfect cooler for taking with you to the pool.  Throw a few drinks in, add some snacks and top it off with ice and your all set for an afternoon of fun!  


You can whip this project up in less than 15 minutes with your Cricut Explore Air 2, which means you’ll have lots of time to spend with the kiddos by the pool.  And while you have your Cricut out, don’t forget to make a cute DIY Pineapple Pool Bag too!

What You Will Need:

Step 1: 

Open Cricut Design Space and upload the Hello Summer SVG file.  

Step 2: 

Search the image library for “pineapples” and select the TomKat pineapple image.

Step 3: 

Measure your retro cooler and decide how big you want your image to be on the cooler.  I ended up making mine about 9″ wide.

Step 4: 

Cut the image out in hot pink and yellow outdoor vinyl.  

Step 5: 

Use the transfer tape to transfer the image to your retro cooler.


Step 6: 

Fill it up with refreshing drinks, grab your DIY Pineapple Pool Bag and head to the pool for some fun in the sun!

Did you know that your Cricut Explore Air 2 can cut all kinds of materials?  Yep, that’s right.  While my favorite thing to cut is typically vinyl, because I think it’s one of the easiest ways to transform ordinary things into extraordinary crafts, home decor or party decorations.  But, you can also use your Cricut to cut, paper, fabric, leather and even metal too!

Stay tuned for a fun summer pool project coming soon using leather!


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Mariah Leeson is the creative mind behind With a passion for celebrating, Mariah created Giggles Galore to inspire families to celebrate life’s little moments with creative, budget friendly ideas. She loves cooking, reading, crafting, hosting parties and most of all spending time giggling with her family.

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  1. Very fun! This makes me want to get a Cricut. Love anything retro, esp. the color. Visiting from Sundays at Home party.

  2. As if that turquoise retro cooler could get even cuter! I love this design!

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