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20 Clever Uses for Pool Noodles at Home (With Pictures)

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Pool noodles are some of the most useful and fun toys during the summer, but what if we told you that these toys are highly versatile and can be used all around the home year-round?

That’s right, pool noodles can be used in many ways around the home, helping you to save money and make the most of the pool noodles you have.

Whether you are looking for holiday decorations or quick fixes around the house, pool noodles have you covered. This article shows you 20 clever uses for pool noodles that you can use around the home from January to December.

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The 20 Clever Uses for Pool Noodles at Home

1. DIY Sprinkler for the Kids

Materials: Pool noodles, string, hose
Tools: Duct tape, scissors, ice pick, or skewer
Difficulty Level: Beginner

Allow your kids to cool off in the summer with this DIY Sprinkler for the Kids. With this plan, you can create different shaped sprinklers that your child can run through for fun, but you only need a pool noodle and your regular garden hose.

2. Ease Rocking Chair

Materials: Pool noodle
Tools: Scissors
Difficulty Level: Beginner

Rocking chairs are relaxing, but sometimes you don’t want them to rock. If you want to ease the rocking chair, just cut up some pool noodles and place them on the back of the chair. That way, you have an easy, comfortable chair to use whenever you please.

3. Decorative Nautical Pilings

Materials: Pool noodle, wood-grain paper, string
Tools: Knife, tape, paint
Difficulty Level: Beginner

The nautical theme is in, but many of the decorations are highly expensive. You can make easy knockoffs that are cheap and cute with pool noodles. These Decorative Nautical Pilings will decorate your home and make it appear that you live in an oceanic oasis without costing you a fortune in the process.

4. Valentine’s Day Giant Smarties

Materials: Pool noodles, paint, cellophane
Tools: Knife, sponge, printer
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

If you are looking for some Valentine’s Day decorations, try out these Giant Smarties. With just one pool noodle and some paint, you have decorations that your child can take to class or that can sit in your living room. Either way, this plan is easy to follow and results in a super cute finish.

5. Spooky Halloween Candles

Materials: Pool noodles, flameless candle
Tools: Rubber bands, hot glue
Difficulty Level: Beginner

Make your home look spooky by turning old pool noodles into Spooky Halloween Candles. These candles are completely safe to have around children and pets, but they will add a spooky touch to your home.

6. Christmas Centerpiece

Materials: Pool noodle, ornaments, decorations, wreath
Tools: Glue, scissors
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Instead of spending a fortune on an expensive and heavy Christmas centerpiece, make your own using a pool noodle. All you need to do is glue some ornaments and decorations around the pool noodle and sit it on your table. It is as easy as that.

7. Mess-Free Bucket Fill-Ups

Materials: Noodle
Tools: N/A
Difficulty Level: Beginner

Have you ever tried to fill up a bucket but spilled the water everywhere getting the bucket up and down? If so, use a pool noodle to transfer water from the drain to the bucket sitting below. This is a super easy fix for a common problem.

8. Footstool

Materials: Pool noodles, fabric
Tools: Hot glue, spray glue, Velcro, embroidery hoop
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Are you looking for an affordable and easy way to allow your feet some comfort? Try out this Footstool plan. Using the old pool noodles in your home, you can make a simple, elegant, and comfortable footstool in no time.

9. Pinch-Free Trampoline

Materials: Pool noodles
Tools: Knife
Difficulty Level: Beginner

Trampolines are a lot of fun, but the springs can cause painful pinches that cause kids to cry. Protect your child’s feet and fingers with pool noodles. Just by cutting up a few pool noodles, you will be able to cover the springs so your children don’t have to worry about painful pinches.

10. Pain-Free Bed Casters

Materials: Pool noodle
Tools: Knife
Difficulty Level: Beginner

Bed casters can be painful whenever you walk by and stub your toe. Make sure your bed casters are pain free by cutting pool noodles down and placing them around the casters for an easy fix.

11. Organize Quilts and Fabrics

Materials: Pool noodles
Tools: N/A
Difficulty Level: Beginner

Sewing rooms can quickly become disheveled and disorganized, especially if you have a lot of quilt and fabric. Organize your fabrics by using old pool noodles. Just wrap the fabrics around the pool noodles, and you have an easy organization hack.

12. Wrist Rest

Materials: Pool noodle
Tools: Knife
Difficulty Level: Beginner

If you are on the computer a lot, you know how painful typing all day can be on your wrist. Make an easy DIY Wrist Rest with pool noodles. Just cut up the pool noodles to the desired length and then cut the pool noodle in half. You now have a great wrist rest.

13. Boot Trees

Materials: Poole noodle, fabric, ribbon, dryer sheets
Tools: Scissors
Difficulty Level: Beginner

If you have knee-high boots, it’s important to have boot holders that prevent the boots from wrinkling and getting damaged over time in your closet. By using a pool noodle, you can easily keep your boots in great condition for years to come with these Boot Trees.

14. Glowing Fungi for the Kids

Materials: Pool noodles, lights
Tools: Razor, heat gun
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Introduce your children to the wacky world outside by making Glowing Fungi out of pool noodles. With just a few tools, your children will be able to have glowing fungi that they can use as entertainment or night lights on dark nights inside.

15. Ring Toss

Materials: Pool noodle
Tools: Pencil, duct tape
Difficulty Level: Tape

If you are looking for a water-free game for your kids this summer, try to make a Ring Toss game out of pool noodles. This ring toss game is safe and large enough for young children to enjoy as well.

16. Playhouse

Materials: Pool noodles, fabric/sheets
Tools: Duct tape
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Make the ultimate Playhouse with your children by using sheets and old pool noodles. You can connect the pool noodles using duct tape to create a solid foundation. Then, place the fabric around the noodle foundation. You now have an easy, light, and sturdy playhouse for them to enjoy

17. Wall Protection

Materials: Pool noodles
Tools: Scissors, adhesive
Difficulty Level: Beginner

Use old pool noodles to protect your walls and home. You can use this method in your garage to protect against opening car doors. You can also place it around washing machines or other appliances that shake a lot. In other words, you can use this method to protect walls all throughout your home.

18. Cupcake Costumes

Materials: Plastic laundry basket, poster board, pool noodles, pipe cleaners, headband, felt, suspenders, Styrofoam ball
Tools: Glue gun, tape, vinyl
Difficulty Level: Intermediate to experienced

If your kids have an upcoming costume party, transform old pool noodles into adorable cupcake costumes. This plan requires a little bit more effort, which is why it is the only plan on our list listed as intermediate to expert. However, the instructions are easy to follow. If you go slow, you will be able to master these costumes.

19. Toy Racetrack

Materials: Pool noodles
Tools: Scissors
Difficulty Level: Beginner

Keep your boys and kids entertained by making a match car racetrack. Just cut up some pool noodles and place them on stairs or another inclined surface to see which car makes it down the bottom first.

20. Riding Ponies

Materials: Pool noodle, string, felt, googly eyes
Tools: Adhesive
Difficulty Level: Beginner

Instead of wasting your money on a stick horse, make your own out of a pool noodle. This can be a fun way to interact with your kids and make them a new toy in the process. Plus, you don’t have to worry about the stick doing a lot of damage to your home while they’re playing.

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Get Crafty!

Now that you have 20 different ways to use pool noodles around your home, it’s time to get crafty. Gather your supplies and put those pool noodles to use!

Featured Image Credit: Ashley Ladroma, Pixabay

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