Here's how it turned it:
Now lets discuss what all I did to create my little faux trunk shall we?
I started out with this plane white Styrofoam "Cooler"
I then painted the cooler and the lid with some left over paint I had in my stash.
I had some left over fabric from my office chair redo so I decided to use that
(as not to waist anything right?) I didn't like that the lid had cup holder indention's so I needed to cover it up. I cut a piece of cardboard to fit the area. I then cover the card board with the fabric using my glue gun.
Once The paint had dried I hot glued the fabric covered cardboard onto the lid.
I then took a mat insert from one of the pictures I purchased for the frame gallery that I wasn't going to use, and I cut it down to the size of the front of the Unpainted cooler (just to measure the size and cut) Then I spray painted it a gold color. I then attached a piece of fabric to the back side and hot glued the whole thing to the cooler front. (Of the Painted Cooler) I just needed to make sure it would fit before I secured it.
I decided to add some beads to the front, the handles and the lid, I just didn't feel like it looked complete so I proceeded to add some wooden beads that I had left over from my jewelry making projects.
The cooler is upside down not the picture..... lol
This is how I created the handles I used craft wire cut to the desired size I wanted for the handles, I slid the beads onto the wire, shaped them in a curve, and moved on to my next step
|I used these plant stakes to but the wholes into the cooler for my handles as well as to string the beads for the lid I will show what I'm saying right below|
It looks something like this, It was very easy to stick the steaks right into the soft styrofoam I did this on both sides.
I then took the handles you seen in the above picture and secured them with a pair of jewelry pliers on the inside of the cooler.
And as you can see, we now have some handles......
I took another plant stake slid he beads onto it and hot glued those sucker in place I had to make two
long ones and two short ones
This is the top of the lid but I took the picture at a weird angle (sorry) but you can at least see what I'm talking about with the beads. It will make more since in just a second. Keep reading!
The upright picture will show you better then I probably explained the steps ;-)
In this picture you can see the beads on the lid
And here's a better shot I think
And that's it folks I don't think I left any steps or pictures out.
So this here ladies is how you turn a Boring (Styrofoam Cooler) into something Quiet nice and functional, The use for this is endless.
As I was making it a million things came to mind to use these coolers on. In fact get prepared they will be featured again in my next ( Big Project) Stay tuned for that. Until next time. Take Care!