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Freezer Box + Imagination = Best Day Ever

empty freezer box submarineI bought my wife a chest freezer for Christmas.

Now before you get all Judge Judy, remember, I’m the guy that says it’s okay to get your wife a vacuum for Mother’s Day, so this was par for the course. I thought I was doing well with it, I really did. She had talked about wanting one, and so I showed I was listening and had it for her on Christmas morning.

Unfortunately, she was also talking about getting some Tory Burch sunglasses. Apparently that was the wish I was supposed to be listening to. No matter, I stand by the chest freezer as the greatest gift that found its way under the tree on Christmas morning because of its ability to give and give and give.

You see, when you get a 7 cubic foot chest freezer, it comes in a very large box. A box big enough for a 5 year old and a 3 year old to hide in. The freezer is in our garage, filled with all the meat I could buy on sale. The empty box went to the playroom, and today it became a submarine.


  • The Box 1 of 9
    The Box
    This is the box the chest freezer came in. The delivery guys cut the bottom to leave the freezer, meaning we had a perfect 5 sided box to work with.
  • Planning Stages 2 of 9
    Planning Stages
    Before we cut the box, we drew out some ideas for what we wanted to build. First we maybe thought a rocket ship...
  • A Boat 3 of 9
    A Boat
    Then we turned the box upside down and thought we could build a sailboat or pirate ship...
  • A Castle 4 of 9
    A Castle
    Then we turned it over and discussed building castles, forts, or caves.
  • A Submarine 5 of 9
    A Submarine
    One of the toys in the playroom proved the perfect inspiration .. we would build a sub!
  • Knives Are For Grown-Ups 6 of 9
    Knives Are For Grown-Ups
    I took the trusty box cutters, and made sure my excited helpers were off to the side.
  • Testing Out The Viewer 7 of 9
    Testing Out The Viewer
    After cutting out our viewing area, we had to do a test to make sure the Captain could fit in the hole.
  • Control Panel 8 of 9
    Control Panel
    The freezer was covered in styrofoam which became handy to build a control panel and periscope for our submarine.
  • Anchor’s Away! 9 of 9
    Anchor's Away!
    Ready to set sail in to the deep sea to rescue lost, and lonely animals!!

Now, I’m the first to admit I am not the kind of handy dad who could take a bunk bed and turn it into a NASA space station, but my rudimentary duct tape skills and boys’ imagination was a force today. We’ve been diving into the ocean to search for animals in need of rescue ever since and have proudly reunited dolphin and polar bear families.

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