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33 Pool Noodle Crafts, Games and DIY Projects We Love

April 25, 2017

Think outside the float with fun-filled pool noodle craft projects and activities. All you need are a few pool noodles, simple materials and creativity to make everything from games to home decor.

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Pull Out All the Stops With These Pool Noodle Crafts

Yes, floating is fun. But when it comes to pool noodles, we like to think outside the box and put these budget-friendly toys to work where you least expect them. From creating designer-worthy home decor on the cheap, making custom Halloween costumes, mastering mudroom organization and making yard games for all ages — pool noodles have a lot to offer, and we’re here to share it all. Read on for our favorite ways to enhance your day with pool noodles. First up? A kiddie car wash.

Beep, beep! Tots in Tikes will be lined up around the block for a chance to zoom through your magical kiddie car wash. The playful PVC car wash (read: epic driveway sprinkler) is a core memory waiting to happen for you and your kids alike. The freestanding design connects to your garden hose to keep kids cool during the dog days of summer and features a rainbow mitter curtain crafted from pool noodles.

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Make a Channel Tufted Headboard

If you’re a fan of channel-tufted headboards but don’t want to splurge on one, this is for you. Create a custom, luxurious-looking headboard for a fraction of the cost using pool noodles, plywood and a blanket. Check out our step-by-step guide below for our in-depth instructions and materials list to make your dreamy headboard ASAP.

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Create Cushy Wall Storage

Hang your broom and mop on the wall without scuffing your paint or wallpaper using a pool noodle as a cushion. Measure the noodles to size, then cut slits into the noodle with a box cutter before mounting it to the wall with adhesive strips. Slide your broom or mop handles into the slits and, voila! This inexpensive addition maintains a tidy mudroom and saves money on repairing walls over time.

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Keep Your Cooler Within Reach

Celebrate Discovery's Shark Week poolside with a fierce cooler float this summer. Our fin-clad float supports a 28-quart cooler and keeps bevies in sight and within reach while you make like a shark and dive through the deep end. All you need to get started is a cooler, three blue pool noodles, a hot glue gun, foam, bungee cords, zip ties and staple crafting supplies. Hit the link below for an extended materials list and step-by-step instructions to make your float at home

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