How to Make a Floating Beverage Boat

A lazy day in the pool wouldn't be complete without a cold summer beverage in your hand. Stop wasting time running inside for cold drinks and make a floating beverage boat. Not only will it impress your pool party guests, it is sure to maximize your fun in the sun.

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Things You'll Need

  • Plastic bin

  • Tape measure

  • Marker

  • Pool noodle

  • Box cutter

  • Plastic rope (thin enough to thread through the pool noodle)

  • Lighter or matches

  • Glue gun (optional)

  • Silk lei (optional)

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Step 1: Measure the Bin

Use the tape measure to measure the length and width of the plastic bin. Subtract 2 inches from each of these measurements.

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Step 2: Measure the Noodle

Measure and mark the new length and width of the bin on the pool noodle with a marker. You will need to mark four pieces on the noodle, two for the length of the plastic bin and two for the width. For example, if the length of the plastic bin measured 12 inches, mark two 10-inch portions on the pool noodle.

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Step 3: Cut the Noodle

Use the box cutter to cut the noodle on the marks you made.

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Use caution when using the box cutter.

Step 4: Cut Holes in the Bin

Use the box cutter to make a hole at each corner of the bin, about 1 inch below the lip. There should be eight holes altogether -- two on each side of the bin. The holes should be big enough to thread the rope through, as they will be used to secure the pool noodles to the plastic bin.

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If the plastic bin is extra thick, a cordless drill may be needed to create the holes.

Step 5: Thread Rope Through the Noodle

Thread one end of the rope through one pool noodle piece and place it next to the corresponding side of the bin.

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Step 6: Thread Rope Through the Bin

Thread the end of the rope into the first hole on the plastic bin and back out through the next closest hole. Pull the rope through another piece of pool noodle and continue threading the rope through all four pieces of the pool noodle and through the holes of the plastic bin. Make sure to align the short and long pieces of the pool noodle with their corresponding sides of the bin.

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Step 7: Tie a Knot

After the rope has been threaded throughout all of the noodle pieces and holes, pull the rope tight so the pieces are snug against the plastic bin. Tie the loose ends of the rope together and cut off any excess rope.

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Hold a lighter or match to the knot for a few seconds to melt the rope together. This will prevent fraying and ensure the knot does not come undone.

Step 8: Decorate the Beverage Boat

Use a glue gun to add any finishing decorations to the floating beverage boat such as a silk lei. Avoid using decorations that will be damaged when they get wet.

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Use caution when using a hot glue gun. Avoid getting hot glue on skin.

Step 9: Use the Floating Beverage Boat

Fill the bottom of the beverage boat with ice. Place your favorite drinks inside the boat and gently place it in the pool.

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Use caution if you are putting glass bottles in the beverage boat. If the bottles break in the pool, they could hurt someone or damage the pool.