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)
What to do:
Start by cutting two pieces of pool noodle, equal length, about 20 cm long.
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.
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.
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.
Enjoy your summer swimming! Have you been brave enough to get into the pool or ocean yet?
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  • Shuganne Shuganne on Aug 09, 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?

  • Ruby Mora Ruby Mora 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?


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  • Jeanne Martin Jeanne Martin on Jul 10, 2021

    We do a girl's weekend at my best friends lake house every year. I'm definitely making 5 of these for the girls! Thanks for the idea!

  • Goldbeargirl Goldbeargirl on Jul 10, 2021

    Lol those pool noodles sure have SO many uses! Who knows what all you can create with these cheap fun things!