Summer’s finally here, and if you have the luxury of having your own backyard, that means barbecue parties galore! If you’re looking to add some flavor to your backyard parties, here’s a little DIY project to add a drink cooler to your backyard picnic table.

Step 1: DIY Drink Cooler Materials and Tools

You will need the following materials to work on this project:

You will need the following tools:

  • Hammer
  • Drill
  • Saw

Step 2: Measure Your Picnic Table Length

The easier way to do this DIY project is to have the rain gutter match the length of your table. Once you measure, saw off the excess length of the rain gutter.

Step 3: Remove Picnic Table Plank

Remove the center table plank with a hammer/hammer claw, and make sure to pry out all the nails!

Step 4: Attach the Gutter to the Table

Insert the gutter into the empty space and drill a screw through the inside of the gutter into the sides of the adjacent planks. For extra durability, use the metal brackets to attach both the gutter and the table. Put the end caps at the ends of the gutter.

Step 5: Fill with Ice and Drinks — and Enjoy!

DIY Picnic Table Drink Cooler
And now all you'll need are guests to enjoy the fruits of your labor!

Extra Tip: When the Party is Over…

Remove excess beverages, take off a rain gutter cap, and tip the table slightly to clear the gutter! You can also purchase a rain gutter cover to put over the gutter when it’s not in use (though it’s totally not necessary; a quick hose-down before you use it should suffice).

If you are a pro and want to go as far as building your own picnic table (you are my hero!), check out this video on how to build your own picnic table.

How to Build a Picnic Table

Let us know in the comments below if you are planning to try this project or already have tried it!


  1. Hi, excellent idea. I definitely will do that at our cottage. I can’t ‘see the video at my location’. Could you copy the link or anything else to help me to watch? Thanks, p

  2. […] Made with 10-inch aluminum rain gutter and a few other small materials found at your local hardware store, such as gutter caps, angle brackets and screws, the hardest part may be convincing your spouse it’s a good idea to rip out the centre plank of the picnic table. For a complete materials list, how to create this project, and even how to clean up once the party is over, check out this article by design website Redesign Revolution. […]

  3. […] There’s no need to bring the cooler to the table when it’s already built in. This rain gutter ice caddy was made by removing most of the center slat of a picnic table and replacing it with a gutter of the same dimensions. Check out the great step-by-step at Redesign Revolution. […]

  4. The picnic table looks great in the promo, but the details for the build are missing!. Would love to do this project, but need some DETAILS. The second picture of the table has the brackets on top of the table. What’s going on?


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