A few times, as it were. The styrofoam wasn't intended for multiple uses, of course, and the wear and tear the basket gave only further shortened its lifespan. So I duct taped the thing. One year ago, and it's still going strong.
Step 1: The Handle
The tape I used was some off-brand and, inexplicably, red (I just found it). It seemed to stick even better, however. For the handle, I used some stray rope a friend had, braiding it in standard fashion, then taping a length of it down below the already-present hole in the styrofoam. This I did for strength, as I did the the little tapered ends you can see coming off the top.
Step 2: The Interior
Step 3: In Use
And it really does work nice, by the way. Unloaded, it's extra light and, loaded, holds the standard 12 + ice. And it makes little difference in control, etc.
Step 4: Where I Really Got Stupid
This is one of those nice thick jobbies that Omaha Steaks, et al, use. I found the "official" U.S. star template online, measured it all, cut, and so on.
That is, indeed, 50 stars and 13 stripes. And I mean c'mon, what's more American than duct tape, Old Glory, and styrofoam coolers? It's by-God emblematic.
...as my girlfriend would have it, perhaps the only bigger waste of time than doing these things is posting/reliving the doing of them
or maybe it's reading about it ;)