My beer crazy Brother-In-Law has been wanting a Yeti cooler for so long but he has so many bills and obligations, he’s had to face the cold, hard fact that he’s never going to be able to get one. I found this project idea on Youtube and knew I had to make him the DIY Yeti. The instructions were super easy to follow and the project was a lot of fun. I got all my supplies from Walmart, a traditional cooler, 10 cans of spray foam, a Rubbermaid storage container, and 4 small styrofoam squares.
The idea of a Yeti is a double insulation construction, so basically you are just putting a cooler inside another insulated cooler, once I understood that basic premise I was ready to steam through this project like a bat out of the blue! I glued the 4 styrofoam squares down to the Rubbermaid storage container then started spraying the foam. I set the traditional container inside the Rubbermaid container and sprayed foam in the sides, you let the foam expand and cure for about a day. Also, drill some holes alongside the traditional container lid and spray foam inside it.
When the foam is expanded and dry, file it down even with the edges of both containers and give it a coat of a sealing paint, roofing paint is a good choice.
When you’ve completed all these steps I was done and ready for the crazy Brother-In-Law beer test!
I was so excited about my new Yeti creation, I told my sister over the phone I was coming over with a surprise. She was laughing already and did not even know what I had done this time. I got there with two 18 packs, which wasn’t a big surprise, it was a normalish gesture coming from me. But then I had gotten my niece to walk around the house and ring the bell. I had placed the DIY Yeti right on the doorstep. My Brother-In-Law went to the door and let out a yelp! He demanded one of our famous family group bear hugs, then we all put on some Hank Jr. and rock on till dawn! This project was so fun!