19 Breezy Life Hacks For A Cooler Summer

Most summer fiends will have you believe that summer actually only really starts once the temperatures start reaching the high 90s. Most normal people, however, would beg to differ. High temperatures mean that there is a high likelihood of sweat, sunburn, and other truly frustrating side effects of summer. Thankfully, there are plenty of hacks to make things more bearable. For example, we're going to help you beat the heat by showing you how to build your own AC unit with a little help from some empty Pringles cans. Plus, a ton of other fun summer hacks await!

1. DIY Air Conditioner

You'll Need:

  • 3 Pringles cans
  • box cutter
  • spray paint
  • plastic bucket with lid
  • windshield sun shade
  • permanent marker
  • electric fan
  • duct tape
  • water
  • empty bottle

Here's How:

1.1 Cut off the bottom parts of the Pringles cans with a box cutter.

DIY Air Conditioner 1

1.2 Spray paint the cans in the color of your choice.

DIY Air Conditioner 2

1.3 Remove the lid from the plastic bucket and place the windshield sun shade in it in an upright position. Put the lid back on the bucket.

DIY Air Conditioner 3

1.4 Using the Pringles cans, draw 3 outlines for holes on the front of the bucket. Cut out the holes with a box cutter and then insert the 3 Pringles cans into the holes.

DIY Air Conditioner 4

1.5 Place the electric fan on top of the lid and use a permanent marker to draw a circle around it.

DIY Air Conditioner 5

1.6 Draw another circle inside the outline. This one should be about 1-inch smaller in diameter. Then cut out the smaller circle as well.

DIY Air Conditioner 6

1.7 Place the fan on the lid of the bucket and use duct tape to fix it in place on one side so that you can fold it up and down like a lid.

DIY Air Conditioner 7

1.8 Place frozen water bottles into the bucket and put the lid with the electric fan back on. Turn on the fan and enjoy the pleasantly cool air coming from what used to be empty Pringles cans.

DIY Air Conditioner 8

2.–7. Homemade Ice Cream

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Everybody loves ice cream and it's almost impossible to turn down, but sometimes you're plum out or figure it's way too hard to make your own. That's where you're wrong! Making your own ice cream isn't as easy as 1-2-3 – it's actually as easy as 1-2, because you only need two ingredients! Use our base recipe to get started, and if you really want to amp things up, customize your cold treat with any of our 6 add-ons for a truly unique dessert. Get the instructions for the 2-Ingredient Ice Cream.

Homemade Ice Cream

8. Cooling Aloe Vera Cubes

Everyone thinks of aloe vera as a miracle cure-all, and while it may not be the literal embodiment of a miracle, it certainly is a great natural remedy and wonder drug of sorts. Thanks to this wonder plant, you can combat dry skin, rock an awesomely fresh fragrance, clear up any imperfections, and perhaps most importantly, relieve a nasty sunburn. Try it out! Get the instructions for the Cooling Aloe Vera Cubes.

Cooling Aloe Vera Cubes

9.–12. Valuable Beach Hacks

Going to the pool, lake, or beach poses a real dilemma. You're usually too far away from your spot to keep a proper eye on your stuff, but it's not like you can take your credit cards, keys, phone, and other valuables into the water with you. These tricks will show you how to protect your prized possessions so you can finally get some peace of mind while you're having fun in the sun! Get the instructions for 4 Valuable Beach Hacks.

Valuable Beach Hacks

13.–15. Flower Pot Crafts

Did you know that you can use flower pots for so many other things than just housing flowers and plants? Sounds crazy, but it's true! In fact, you can easily build household appliances from them, which are not only practical, but also great money savers! We're especially big fans of the DIY grill that works surprisingly well, but go ahead and try any of these ideas, and you'll be saving a bundle in no time. Get the instructions for the Flower Pot Crafts.

Flower Pot Grill

16.–19. DIY Summer Lights

Subtle lighting provides the perfect ambiance both at home and in the garden. To create the desired effect, candles, lanterns, and fairy lights are usually the most popular choices. But instead of buying the usual run-of-the-mill fare from hardware stores, we recommend giving these projects a try. Whether it's for your apartment, terrace, or garden, these ideas will certainly bring light into your life! Get the instructions for the 4 DIY Summer Lights.

DIY Summer Lights

Ready for summer? With these awesome summer hacks, you definitely should be! That AC unit alone will be such a lifesaver for those super hot days and nights and building something like that all by yourself comes with a deeply satisfying sense of accomplishment. Have a great summer!


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