DIY with US: Floating Pool Cooler

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Summer fun is upon us!!!!! One tempting option is lounging in your pool (or a friend’s for that matter). Hopefully, you apply sunscreen and remember to stay hydrated, if you forget, no worries, we’ve got you covered! If you’re looking for a great way to ~chill~ while keeping cool give our DIY floating pool cooler a try. In the name of reusing, we’re going to make a floating pool cooler out of our 10 gallon ECOstorageTM standard container. What’s unique about this cooler is that you can use it for storing your pool items during the off season, but even better, you can use it to keep some drinks on ice in arm’s reach for pool time!

There’s no need to interrupt a lazy day catching rays. Stay hydrated by keeping a drink on hand. Follow these steps below to see how you can make your own floating cooler!

What you’ll need:
1 10 Gallon Bin
2 Pool Noodles
Scissors
Utility knife

Step 1: Jump on Amazon and purchase one of our containers from our ECOstorageTM line! If you’re reusing you may as well be eco-friendly at the same time! Purchase and/or gather all your needed items on the list so you can get started.
*We will be using our 10 gallon ECOstorageTM container.

Step 2: Measure your pool noodles to the size of each of the sides of the bins.

Step 3: Cut all 4 to fit the noodles to your measurements.

Step 4: Use your utility knife to slice the entire length on the long side of each end of the noodle and spread the sliced end to open.

Step 5: Once it’s open, slide the noodle onto the lip of the bin. Repeat the same step for all 3 additional sides.

Step 6: Now you’re ready to toss in the ice and desired drinks and enjoy!

DIY with Us: Cat Condo

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How can you show your furry friend some lovin’ without breaking the bank? Build them their very own Cat Castle, well in reality a condo, but what do they know?! Retail cat condos are expensive, ranging from $30 to an upward of $150, so save some money and make your own at home. This DELUXE kitty condo is cool and cozy, and you can choose to customize it however you please, making it one of a kind! We will show you how to spruce it up by accessorizing with blankets, faux grass and toys for your cat(s) to enjoy!

Follow these steps below to learn how you can upgrade your cat’s new pad.

What you’ll need:
3 bins
drill
utility knife
Multiple screws 1-1/4” length, washers and nuts to fit
(the number of them will vary dependent on your selected configuration)

Step 1: Head to your local retailer or jump on Amazon and purchase containers from our ECOstorageTM line! If you’re repurposing you may as well be eco-friendly at the same time! Purchase and/or gather all your needed items on the list so you can get started.
*We will be using our 10 gallon, 18 gallon and 32 gallon ECOstorageTM containers.

Step 2: You can determine your own layout and choose which bins to purchase, or follow our design! Drill as many holes that you feel are necessary to create a stabilized environment for your pet. We will be drilling 11 holes. The number of screws, washers and bolts will vary depending on both the layout that you choose to create, and the necessary stability of the house based on your cats size.

Step 3: Align all of the holes you drilled so far. To begin screwing the bins together, you will put a washer through the screw, and put the screws in the lid. We recommend screws in the downward position so that the access isn’t fast up where your cat will be climbing and playing. Then you will secure the bins by using the nuts on the other side of the lid to secure them together.

Step 4: Cut the recessed area of the bins out to create entry and exit points, as well as tunnels for the cats between bins. You can choose to create as many or few as you’d like.

Step 4 5: Snap the bins back onto the stabilized and screwed together lids.

Step 6: Accessorize and make the condo comfortable with blankets, faux grass, toys and whatever your cat’s favorite things may be! And VOILA! Hello MTV and welcome to my (cat’s) Crib!

DIY with Us: Toy or Craft Box On Wheels

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Check out this perfect mobile toy or craft bin turned table for your toddler. This definitely a one-of-a-kind all in one must have! This is such a great option when you’re looking to add style and practicality to either your child’s room or even one of yours! The flip lid allows for easy accessibility and the plexi glass top can act as a mobile table with storage below. It is so convenient to have a rolling play area or craft station anywhere in your home!

This is a DIY you don’t want to miss out on, check out how to make your own below!

What you will need:
ECOstorageTM flip lid bin
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Jute (length will vary dependent on thickness of desired rope)
Plexi glass
Scissors
Measuring tape
Drill
4 caster wheels
Decorations of choice (we used a white wooden letter and artificial flowers)

Step 1: Head to your local retailer or jump online and purchase one of our containers from our ECOstorageTM line! We will be using our 12 gallon Flip Lid ECOstorageTM container.

Step 2: Gather/purchase all of your crafting supplies and decorations

Step 3: Take your jute, or desired rope-like material and tie the very end in a knot. With your glue gun apply an ample amount of glue to the knot and put it at the bottom of the bin.

Step 4: Wrap the jute around the outside of the bin and glue each row close together to ensure bin isn’t exposed through the layers. Repeat this step until you reach the lip of the bin.

Step 5: Next it’s time to decorate! You can be as creative as you like! Make it your own!!!!!

Step 6: Next flip your container over. On the bottom there are four faint circles near each corner – you can use these as a guide to drill holes for the casters.

Step 7: Drill 4 holes to fit the size casters purchased (fasten them if necessary, ours can be hammered into place).

Step 8: Finally, place plexi glass on the lid of the bin so it can be used as a mobile table or mini workstation.
*Note: Plexi glass can be purchased and precut to your dimensions at most big box retailers.

DIY with Us: Cat Liter Box

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Give your feline friend(s) some privacy while they’re doing their business. With this project you can reuse an old storage bin, or get an eco-friendly one to make your own litter box! This DIY box is more convenient than most basic litter boxes because of its unique features. Its snap on lid makes for easy removal to clean out the box, having a cover can also help contain unwanted odors, great stackability options if you need to store something on top of the bin, and dual entry for your pet!

In just a few simple steps you can customize your cat’s porcelain (or in this case, plastic) throne, so check it out below it’s as easy as 1-2-3!

ECOlife Blog DIY Cat Litter Box

What you will need:
1-18 gallon bin
 Marker
Utility Knife

ECOlife Blog DIY Cat Litter Box Step 1

Step 1: Head to your local retailer or jump online and purchase one of our containers from our ECOstorage line! We will be using our 18 gallon ECOstorage container in blue.

ECOlife Blog DIY Cat Litter Box Step 2

Step 2: Take your sharpie and outline the recessed areas on the bins on one or two sides (for additional access) of the storage container that you want to cut out.

ECOlife Blog DIY Cat Litter Box Step 3&4

Step 3: Cut out the sides, following the outline for guidance.

ECOlife Blog DIY Cat Litter Box Step 5

Step 4: Set up litter box as you normally would, place it in your desired location and you’re ready to go!
*Pro tip: place a rug in front of the litter box for your cat to wipe its paws on the way out!