How to Make Your Own Stubby Holder for Dad

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How to Make Your Own Stubby Holder for Dad
Aluminium cans will not keep a beverage cold, but foam can holders can help. (background / beer cans image by ENTER_DESIGN from

A stubby holder is a foam holder that keeps canned beverages cold while you drink them. The foam used to make stubby holders also cushions the can, making it easier and more pleasant to hold. You can buy stubby holders, of course. But you also can make your own and personalise it any way you want. Stubby holders make a thoughtful and useful gift for dads on birthdays, Father's Day or for any other occasion.

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Things you need

  • Soda can
  • Sheet of craft foam
  • Scissors
  • PVA glue
  • Foam adhesive letters

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  1. 1

    Lay a soda can sideways on a sheet of craft foam, and use your permanent marker to make marks where the top and bottom of the can fit.

  2. 2

    Use your scissors to cut straight lines across the marks you made so that the foam is the length of the can.

  3. 3

    Bend the foam sheet around the can, and cut off all but 1 inch of the excess foam width.

  4. 4

    Hold the foam securely around the can, and peel up the extra inch that overlaps the other end of the foam.

  5. 5

    Apply PVA glue (found at craft and hardware stores) along the overlapped area, and press the overlapping inch of foam over the glue.

  6. 6

    Stretch two rubber bands around the can to hold the foam in place as the glue dries. Allow the glue to dry fully, according to the manufacturers directions, before removing the rubber bands.

  7. 7

    Decorate your stubby holder with foam letters. Depending on the occasion, choose a message like: "#1 Dad," "Happy Father's Day" or "I Love My Dad".

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