I recently had my first can Tecate of the summer, while digging into a new novel on an outdoor lounge chair, on a roasting hot day in Northern California. An experience that would only have been improved upon if I had a coozie to keep the beer at a refreshingly-chilled temperature.
When I got home, I dug into our dingy collection of coozies and decided an overhaul was in order. Now, don’t get me wrong. There are some coozies that – no matter how stained and grubby – I would never gussy up. Like my beloved Winks coozie from the Outer Banks, and the pair of coozies from my sister’s pre-wedding softball game.
But for others, a little sprucing-up was in order. You can chose to embellish or not, but either way it’s dead easy. The cork adds a natural feel and dare I say, can make coozies downright pretty.
Self-adhesive natural cork (I used Con-tact brand from my local hardware store – it’s a good thickness and is very pliable)
Rub-on transfer, stamp, etc to decorate (if desired)
- Place coozie along bottom edge of cork and wrap cork around until the whole cooize is covered. Mark this spot with a pencil where the cork starts to overlap.
- Make another mark along the top edge of the coozie. Remove the coozie and use a ruler to connect the markings, then cut along the lines.
- If you’re adding a decoration, lay the cork flat and add it now (I used rub-on transfers from Hambly).
- Peel off the backing and wrap cork around the coozie. If it’s a little proud at the top or bottom, trim as needed.
- If you did add a design, you may want to add an acrylic sealant.