Handcrafted Summertime!

This morning I started the first batch of experimental ice cream of the Summer! I just got a second-hand ice cream maker, and have been dying to try it out. It was forecast to be a scorcher, here on the Oregon coast, so I knew today was the perfect day for it. I used a frozen custard sort of recipe, which I will add to the recipes section soon.

But the biggest Handcrafted WIN of the day was the air conditioner unit my husband built!

homemade AC unit

homemade AC unit

He used ideas he found on the internet, and for under $22 built a really effective air conditioner that cools down our teeny house fast!

cooler $4.99

cooler $4.99

Materials needed:

  • styrofoam cooler
  • small personal fan
  • dryer vent tube parts
  • milk jug of water, frozen solid (also, a block of ice of any shape would work, so long as it fits in the cooler)
  • the fan, placed face down in the cooler

    the fan, placed face down in the cooler $11.24

We bought all these materials today, and the price was about $20. The cooler was $4.99, the fan was marked down from $14.99 to $11.24, the tubey things were $2.49 each and we needed 2. The frozen milk jug was free 🙂

Then, all he did was cut a hole in the lid of the cooler the same size as the fan, insert the tubey things into the front of the cooler, cutting around the inside, so they are a snug fit, place the ice into the cooler and plugged it in.

the tubey vent things (I don't know what they're called)

the tubey vent things (I don’t know what they’re called) 2 @ $2.49 each

BOOM! Handcrafted AC unit, that was very cheap and easy to make, does not use a lot of electricity, and really works!

homemade AC unit

homemade AC unit


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