Project Overview

A great D.I.Y. gift idea for Dad to keep his drinks cool this summer, these cooler tubes are simple and fun to make.

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Step by Step Instructions

1 Cut the pipe
2 Sand the pipe and caps
3 Prime the surface
4 Paint the pipe
5 Secure the first cap
6 Pour in the water
7 Secure the second cap
  • Step 1. Cut the pipe

    Measure and mark the pipe into three equal lengths. Then secure the pipe in a mitre box and get a grown-up to help you saw the pipe into three.
  • Step 2. Sand the pipe and caps

    Give the pipe and end caps a light sanding with your block. You want to roughen the surface to get them ready for painting.
  • Step 3. Prime the surface

    Now put on your safety gloves and paint a generous amount of primer over the surface of your pipe and caps.
  • Step 4. Paint the pipe

    Give the pipes at least two coats of craft paint to give it the best finish. You can also add some decorations to make it a little more personal.
  • Step 5. Secure the first cap

    Once your paint has dried, place your first cap on one end.
  • Step 6. Pour in the water

    Now pour in some water until the pipe is ¾ full. It’s important to not fill it more than this because water expands when it freezes.
  • Step 7. Secure the second cap

    Now attach the other end cap and you’re ready to put it in the freezer overnight.

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our DIY videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member

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