Pool noodles make swimming fun, but that’s just the beginning of what they can do. Pick up an assortment at your local dollar or discount store, then try your hand at one of these clever DIY projects.
Pool Noodle Garland
String together cut sections of pool noodles to make a colorful party garland for outdoor summer entertaining. Celebrations at Home has the tutorial.
Pool Noodle Luminaries
Cut strips of pool noodles and slip battery operated tea lights inside to make floating mood lighting for your nighttime pool party. Create. Craft. Love. explains.
Pool Noodle Pirate Raft
No child will be able to resist this charming pirate raft constructed from pool noodles and a shower curtain. Hub Pages has the instructions for this DIY project.
Pool Noodle Beverage Boat
What’s more relaxing than floating in the pool with a cold beverage at your side? Make it easy to keep drinks nearby with a DIY beverage boat. Head over to WikiHow for the tutorial.
Pool Noodle Toss Game
When you need to entertain a crowd, pool noodles can be transformed into a fun toss game using duct tape, twine, and wooden dowels. Visit While He Was Napping to learn more.
Pool Noodle Tricycle Car Wash
Children love pretend play and this DIY car wash offers a clever way to clean their toys in the process. Design Mom explains.
Pool Noodle Sprinkler
Use a pool noodle, duct tape, and a garden hose to make a backyard sprinkler that will provide hours of fun on a hot summer’s day. Ziggity Zoom has the directions.
Pool Noodle Water Wall
Purchased water walls can be quite expensive, but this homemade version provides the same sensory play experience for a fraction of the cost. All you need is pool noodles, zip ties, and a large peg board. Teaching Mama explains.
Pool Noodle Light Sabers
Star Wars fans of all ages will flip for these DIY light sabers. Tastefully Frugal has the tutorial.
Pool Noodle Nunchucks
These easy pool noodle nunchucks from Creative Capital B will let children play rough while still staying safe. Washi tape around the edges gives them a bit of a decorative flair.
Pool Noodle Race Track
A few minor modifications make it easy to transform pool noodles into a race track for summertime toy car competitions. HotWheels.com has the details.
Pool Noodle Lawn Golf
When your kids are complaining that there’s nothing to do, use the tutorial and free printables from Surviving a Teacher’s Salary to make a customized lawn golf course the whole family can enjoy.
Pool Noodle Card Holder
It can be difficult for small children to play card games when they can’t hold all of the cards in their tiny hands. Use a portion of a pool noodle with a slit in the top to make family game night a stress-free experience. Activity Mom explains.
Pool Noodle Headboard
Give your child’s bedroom a summery makeover with a headboard made from colorful pool noodles. Visit M Magazine for the tutorial.
Pool Noodle Summer Wreath
Pair a pool noodle with flip flops and a colorful lei to make a pretty summertime wreath for your front door. Head over to My Unentitled Life to learn more.