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Easy DIY: Floating Drinks Holder

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Have you ever been relaxing in the pool, so nice and cool, but then realised that you drink is “way over there”? Or worse still, it’s inside! This is a fun and easy DIY that you can do to keep your refreshments close at hand in a floating drinks holder.
What you need:
1 pool noodle
Craft knife
Strong glue, that will hold in water
Ice-cream tub lid or piece of firm flat plastic
Plastic cup or cooldrink can (stay away from glass, as you don’t want to risk any breakages)
Paint (optional)
Elastic bands (optional)
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What to do:
Start by cutting two pieces of pool noodle, equal length, about 20 cm long.
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The next part is the trickest part of the whole process. Using the size of your cup as a guide, cut semi-circles into the centre edge of each piece of pool noodle. Cut to the middle of the pool noodle. You’ll then need to cut a straight line, perpendicular to your semi-circle, making the base for your cup to sit on. This will then allow you to remove the chunk of pool noodle. If your cup is curved, like mine, get the size of the semi-circle correct and then add in a bit of a slant, by cutting some extra away from the top at an angle.
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Keep placing the two parts together to check that your circles are still meeting up and that the cup fits neatly in the hole. Add a little personal touch with some paint.
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Glue the two pieces together with a strong glue. Run glue along the full width of the join, on the underside.
Lastly, use a piece of firm recycled plastic, to reinforce the back, by glueing it onto the underside of your floating drinks holder.
Alternatively you can use colourful elastic bands as the additional support to hold the pieces in place.
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Enjoy your summer swimming! Have you been brave enough to get into the pool or ocean yet?
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Have a question about this project?

2 questions
  • Shuganne
    on Aug 10, 2018

    Why can't you glue the 2 pieces of pool noodles together first? Then they will sit still so you can use an ink pen or marker to trace the size, cut, insert, and resize if need be?

    • Joe Jones
      on Aug 17, 2018

      Because the cut outs don’t go all the way through the noodle they go about half way so your cup isn’t touching water at all. So there’s no way to cut a horizontal line from left to right in the middle of the noodles are together

  • Ruby M
    on Aug 16, 2018

    I will be doing this! And using the string to attach to my seat. Also, i will be gluing a plastic lid to the inside bottom for my drink to sit on. (Instead of the plastic to the bottom.

    Being foam, dont these also help to keep your drink cool?

    • Jeanne Martin
      on Jun 4, 2019

      We have girls weekend once a year at my best friends lake house. Each year one of us makes something to commemorate the occasion. Since we float for hours with our drinks in hand I'm gonna make 4 of these for each of us. I’ll buy four insulated travel cups so i know the size and then I'm gonna try to make these two noodle deep if possible for extra insulation. It's such a drag when your ice cubes melt! Thank you for the idea! Cheers!

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  • Jan H Cox
    on Aug 16, 2018

    This is very clever idea 🧐

  • Jodi
    on Sep 7, 2018

    I will def make a couple of these. Thanks for such a great idea.

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