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Here's How To Make A DIY Air Conditioner That Will Actually Keep You Cool

Beat the heat for under $60!

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2. Holding the insulation and the bucket together, drill right through both layers with your hole saw.

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To get enough pressure, you might need to hold the bucket against a wall or the ground. Repeat this step to make three holes in one line across the bucket, about 2 inches apart.

3. Disassemble your fan, unscrewing it from the base.

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We had to use the drill as an electric screwdriver for this part, because it was pretty tight. You won't need the base for the rest of the project, so you can just toss it.

5. Use the front panel of the fan to trace a circle on the bucket lid.

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The fan will sit inside this lid, so make sure it's the biggest part of the face you're tracing.


7. Then, for a decorative touch, spray paint the bucket and your pipe fittings.

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This part is optional (but highly recommended by the aesthetes at BuzzFeed Life). We went with our favorite shade of mint.

9. Once it's dry, it's time to assemble!

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Put the pipe fittings into the holes. If they're a little loose, you can always use hot glue to keep them in straight. Then, insert your frozen gallon of water into the bucket, and put the lid on.

Tip: It's best to have two frozen gallons of water. This way when one melts, you'll have another frozen one on hand, and you can refreeze the melted one.

11. Now, put that baby in your scorching hot apartment!

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To make it even ~snazzier~ we taped bits of tinsel to each pipe so you could see when it was working!


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