Your kid thinks he's too old to play with pool noodles and you'd like to clear the lengthy Styrofoam water toys from your garage in an eco-friendly manner. Instead of tossing them, why not upcycle them into something new and entertaining? Case in point, this resourceful race track turns an obsolete pool plaything into a rip-roarin' race track via an ingenious idea from Ramblings from Utopia! Simply cut a pool noodle in half lengthwise using a serrated knife. Lay the two pieces side by side on the ground, and insert toothpicks where the two halves of the noodles touch each other. This will hold the “tracks’ together. Use needle nose pliers to clip the ends of the toothpick so they are flush with the noodle. Decorate with “start” and “finish” signs using paper and skewers!
Read on for more creative and clever ways to turn pool noodles into everything from ride-on ponies to a bouquet of flowers!
#2: Pool Noodle Foam Swords
How to: Cut a pool noodle in half to make two swords. Slide a PVC pipe into the hole, leaving a few inches out of the noodle for a handle. Make the handle by cutting two holes out of a colored craft foam rectangle. Slide the PVC pipe through one of the circles, then the other. Top the PVC pipe with a PVC cap.
From: Or So She Says…
#3: Pool Noodle Ponies
How to: Bend the noodle 1/3 of the way down. Tie twine tightly around it to keep it in place. For the ears, cut a piece of felt so it’s about 1″ wide and 7″ long. For the main, cut another felt strip so it’s about 4″ wide and 7″ long. Slide the ears between the section of the noodle that is folded. Pull so it’s in place and hot glue. Hot glue the mane onto the back of the head. Cut Styrofoam balls in half (or better yet, reuse Styrofoam cups). Paint them as eyes. Hot glue them to the noodle.
From: Pinning With Purpose
#4: Pool Noodle Stamps
How to: Cut a pool noodle into 3” slices. Press it into paint then onto paper to make flower shapes.
From: Growing a Jeweled Rose
#5: Pool Noodle Bouquet
How to: Cut a noodle into 2” slices. Stick a green pipe cleaner into the bottom. Attach construction paper leaves to the pipe cleaner.
From: No Time for Flashcards
#6: Pool Noodle Roller Stamps
How to: Cut a 5” piece off of a pool noodle. Stick foam stickers to it. Roll on a jumbo stamp pad or in paint, then roll to decorate paper or desired object.
From: Wild Olive
BONUS: See our previous story on how to make a Jedi light saber from a pool noodle!