Floating Pool Noodle Cooler (Summer Dollar Store Hack)

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DIY floating drink cooler filled with water bottles

Need cold drinks handy for your pool party? 🍹

Make this fun, frugal, and easy floating pool noodle cooler, perfect to keep cold drinks in while swimming! My kids and I made this together yesterday from dollar store items, and we loved this creative hack for fun in the sun! Better yet? This project only cost us about $5 per cooler, and we can use it each summer!

I think it would be fun to buy different colored noodles for a rainbow-themed cooler! You can also look for pool noodles in your college or sports team colors for a fun game day cooler display! However you personalize your cooler, it’s going to be a hit on those hot summer days!

items needed to make the floating coolers

Floating Pool Noodle Cooler

I found this fun hack on DollarTree.com!

Supplies Needed from the Dollar Store:

  • plastic dish pan
  • pool noodle
  • twine

pool noodle cooler with rope to secure the pool noodles


  1. Cut pool noodle to the same lengths of each side of the bin.
  2. Thread twine through all four sections of the pool noodle.
  3. Cut and tie the twine tightly at one corner, so it will fit right under the lip of the pan. Note: Don’t worry if the noodle part doesn’t stay tightly on the pan outside of the pool, it will still float.
  4. Place ice and drinks inside and use it as a floating cooler!

DIY hack floating pool coolers floating in the pool

This works great and is such a fun summer idea!

You’ll be glad to have a couple ready for your next pool party! And because you saved so much money with this project, you have some extra dough to score some cute new beach towels and inflatable pool floats. Have fun, and stay as cool as your drinks!

Check out these other Dollar Tree ideas we’re obsessed with!

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Comments 11

  1. Michelle

    This would be great for the lake, however I don’t think I would want people drinking soda in my pool… Cool idea though…

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      You can use water -thanks michelle!

  2. Tina9222

    Good for kids party’s and pouch drinks;-)

  3. Princess

    This is too cute and super inexpensive. I would’ve never thought about using these items. Thank you Lina.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Sure- enjoy!! Thanks for stopping by ๐Ÿ‘

  4. Boy-Mom

    THAT is sooo smart!!!!
    I am totally using this for my hubby and I hang out night in the pool….no more getting out to grab BEER!!!! HAHAHAHA

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Yes!! Cheers ๐Ÿป

  5. hana

    Works great for baby bathtub toys too.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      That’s so smart! Great idea

  6. mom23

    great idea for kids stuff in the pool too. I just saw this after getting after my kids to get all there small stuff out of the pool like dive sticks goggles and snorkles

  7. Cobe vizio

    Good postโ˜‘๏ธโ˜‘๏ธ

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