I realize this is a little late – but I made a BOMBBBB cooler for my daddy for Father’s Day.
Top: freehand Budweiser emblem replaced with our last name and “King of Dads” instead of “King of Beers” on a white background.
Right side: freehand WWE logo on a black background.
Left side: Mod Podged NJ Devils logo (I painted on top of the logo to make it look like it was painted on) on a black background.
Back side: freehand Fathers day quote.
You can flip through the pictures yourself:
I get a lot of my cooler inspiration from The Cooler Connection or on Pinterest. But really, it is highly dependent on what the person you’re making the cooler for likes. I basically thought up all the designs for my dad’s cooler based on what he drinks, what sports he likes and just generally things that relate to him. I wouldn’t put camo on his cooler if he wasn’t in the Army and I wouldn’t put a Budweiser logo on his cooler if he preferred Miller. If only I could somehow add an Irish car bomb to the cooler…Maybe I’ll put the necessary ingredients inside…
As for cooler prep, I sand the entire thing down first and foremost. I’m not entirely sure if it helps, but I do it anyway. Then I prime it with Krylon Fusion for Plastic. This is a paint and primer in one. Usually I buy the primer in the color I want the background to be. If I don’t have the primer in my preferred background color, then I just prime it in any color and use acrylic paint to cover it up. I do a million random coats of Mod Podge over my paint, usually after adding a layer or something. Then I seal it with Minwax Polycrylic.
I did a cooler for my boyfriend about two months ago with these steps and it made it through their Mountain Weekend and hasn’t chipped at all yet. It’s holding up really well and I’m super proud of it. Therefore I am doing the same steps for dad. And though he’ll use his little mini cooler more than Dez uses his humongous one, I’ll keep you posted on if it chips or anything.