We all want to minimize our reliance on air conditioning, but no one wants to swelter. Here's a collection of cheap DIY projects aimed to help cool you down when temperatures are up.
DIY Air Cooler
We found several homemade air cooler designs that take fanning yourself to the next level. The 5 Gallon Bucket Air Cooler
delivers ice-cooled air anywhere you want it. Sometimes referred to as a "swamp cooler," the 5 Gallon Bucket Evaporative Cooler
lets you harness the cooling power of water evaporation to help keep the summer heat at bay.
Soda Bottle Sprinkler
Upcycle an empty plastic 2-liter soda bottle into a backyard sprinkler for jumping through. It's easy to make and even easier to get soaked!
UV light coming through your windows contributes to the heat in your house, so block those rays with blackout curtains. Imperfectly Polished
shows you how to sew up your own sun-defeating window treatments featuring a classy color-block stripe.
Cooling Neck Wrap
For long-lasting wearable relief from the heat, Sew4Home offers this tutorial
on sewing cooling neck wraps for you and your family — even the dog! You'll need water-absorbing crystals and the coolest fabric you can find.
If you'd prefer a design with a little more whimsy, Snotty Dog Creations
can help you whip up your own fun and funky, reusable cooling necklace. This design uses the same water-absorbing crystals, but require less sewing.