DIY: Picnic Table with Built-in Drink Cooler

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!

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