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Painted "Bulldogs" Cooler

Americana® Multi-Surface Acrylics

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Painted "Bulldogs" Cooler

designed by Micaela Spiggle

Quench post-game thirst with a cooler personalized with your school team's name and mascot.

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Learn more about Americana® Multi-Surface Acrylics.


Americana® Multi-Surface Acrylics

  • Black Tie (DA539)
  • Cotton Ball (DA500)
  • Dolphin (DA537)
  • Silver (Metallic) (DA550)

Other supplies

  • water container
  • palette or plastic plate
  • paper towels
  • tracing paper (optional)
  • transfer paper (optional)
  • scissors
  • pencil (optional)
  • #10 flat brush
  • #1 liner brush
  • #1 round brush
  • Silhouette electronic cutting machine (Silhouette America)
  • cosmetic sponges
  • plastic cooler
  • Con-Tact® paper
  • household cleaner


NOTE: Let dry completely between painting steps.

  1. Remove all labels from the cooler. Wipe down with household cleaner to remove any residue left from the labels, if any. Dry with paper towels.
    Step 0 Example
  2. Look up or scan an image of your school's mascot and open it on a Silhouette machine. Use the Silhouette machine to cut out the pattern onto Con-Tact paper. Use cosmetic sponges to fill in the larger areas: Use one sponge for Cotton Ball; one for Dolphin; and one for Black Tie. Remove the Con-Tact stencil.
    Step 1 Example
  3. Once the basecoats dry, use a liner brush to outline and add details using Black Tie. Rinse brush.
    Step 2 Example
  4. Find a font of your choice; send it to the Silhouette machine; and print onto Con-Tact paper for a stencil. Cut out with scissors to fit on cooler.
    Step 3 Example
  5. Use the handle end of the #1 round brush dipped into Silver (Metallic) to add perfect polka dots in every other letter. Wipe off the handle with a paper towel.
    Step 4 Example
  6. Follow the label instructions to let cure the full amount of time before taking outdoors for sporting events and practices.
    Step 5 Example


Cut cosmetic sponges into smaller pieces to fit in tight spots.

If you do not own a Silhouette machine, print out your mascot or the one provided; trace and transfer the design onto the cooler with a pencil and tracing and transfer paper. Use a #1 round brush to fill in using the same colors as step 2.

For lettering, print out the team name in a font of your choice or use pattern lettering. Fill in with a #10 flat brush and Black Tie.