Upon receiving your Cruiser Bike package, you’ll find that it comes with three pool noodles that keep the components safe during delivery. Instead of throwing them away, you can use them for crafts and come up with useful items.
Pool noodles can be used in a variety of ways. You can use them to play in the pool, pretend they're swords, or chop them up and use them to make crafts. Time to take the pool noodles out and try one of these easy DIY projects and hacks. All of these crafts are straightforward enough for the whole family to enjoy.
Pool Noodle Crafts You Can Do With the Kids
Pool Noodle Marble Run
Build a marble track with some legos and cut up pool noodles. This is a great activity for people of all ages. To make this exciting marble run, cut your pool noodles in half lengthwise. Get the tutorial for the pool noodle marble run from Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls.
Pool Noodle Ring Toss
This is a great outdoor family activity, especially during summer. All you need are 2 pool noodles, a couple of sharpened pencils, and duct tape. Cut one noodle in half (easy with a bread knife) and use duct tape to tape the other together in a ring shape. Stick the pencils on the grass, about a foot apart, and use it to hold the noodle halves. You now have a simple ring toss game! Check out this article from Mission to Save for more pool noodle games you can try.
DIY Outdoor Bowling Lane
You can use the pool noodles that came from the Cruiser Bike packaging to make a bowling lane. You can use soda (pop outside of Wisconsin) bottles as pegs and a beach ball to knock them down. Credits to Polka Dot Chair for this DIY Bowling Lane idea.
Get creative by turning the pool noodles into a painting project. Cut the noodle into pieces, dip it in ink, and stamp onto paper. You can use this method to create personalized items like greeting cards, designing wrapping paper, and more! Take a look at this Apple Craft art as a sample from Glue Sticks & Gumdrops.
DIY Summer Wreath
Pool Noodle Boats
Pool Noodle Playhouse
Pool noodles and a couple of blankets can be used to make a super cool fort. This is an excellent idea for your children. This playhouse will keep your kids entertained for hours. The idea for this pool noodle playhouse is from From ABCs to ACTs.
Foam Bow & Arrow
Pool Noodle Pom-Pom Shooter
Make your own lightsabers out of pool noodles to channel your inner Jedi. This is a must-have for Star Wars fans of all ages, and it's perfect for summertime outdoor fun. This DIY Lightsaber idea came from Kelly Leigh Creates.
Pool Noodle Luminaries
Cut strips of pool noodles and insert battery operated tea lights to create these cute luminaries. Use these to decorate your room or light up a nighttime pool party. This idea is also from Create. Craft. Love.
Pool Noodle Nunchucks
Pool Noodle Life Hacks
If there are no kids at home or life hacks are more of your thing, try these DIY ideas instead.
Simple Wrist Rest
Make this pool noodle wrist rest to prevent your wrists from being fatigued after a long day at the computer. Make a mark on the noodle where you want to chop it first. The height of the wrist rest shown is slightly less than half of the full noodle diameter. (You could chop the noodle in half to make two wrist rests of equal size.)
Pool Noodle Beverage Boat
What could be more relaxing than floating in a pool with a cold drink in your hand? A DIY beverage boat makes it simple to keep your drinks close at hand. Get the tutorial from WikiHow.
Dinky Door Bumper
Here's how to prevent that annoying door from slamming into a piece of trim or a wall as you rush in and out. To protect walls, simply cut a slit lengthwise in a short section of pool noodle and slide it onto the edge of a door, cupboard, or gate.
Stay-Put Drawer Organizer
Don’t you just hate it when drawer organizers move around when the drawer is opened and closed? You can use a pool noodle to keep the organizer in place. Measure the distance from the back of the drawer organizer to the back of the drawer. Use a utility knife to cut the noodle and it should keep the drawer organizer in place. You can also cut the noodle lengthwise to reduce the space it takes.
Fishing Rod Organizer
This one is easy to do. You only need a 3-inch-diameter PVC pipe and a foam swimming pool noodle. Drill 1-inch holes every four inches in the PVC pipe. Cut slits in the foam noodle with a utility knife, spacing them 4 in. apart. Place the pool noodle against the wall with at least two of the slits over studs. Pull the slits apart, insert a fender washer, and attach the noodle to the wall with 2-inch screws. Then, at a comfortable height, screw the PVC pipe to the wall beneath it and insert your fishing rods.
Keep Your Boots Upright
Pool noodles are a great way to keep your boots upright and maintain its form. You simply cut the desired length and stick it inside the boots.
Keep your watercolor brushes clean and dry at all times! Cut a short section of pool noodle and slice it halfway through, then insert brushes.