You can use the same foam noodles you use in the pool for a wide variety of fun holiday decorations throughout the year. No matter the occasion, you can craft awesome homemade art and trinkets to match the season. Continue reading to explore our guide on creating holiday decorations with pool noodles.
Craft Giant Colorful Lollipops
These candy decorations can enhance the ambience of your lawn during the fall or winter season. Once you finish them up, place them along pathways to add a little cheer. Here's what you need:
- Two noodles in the same color
- Colorful or white duct tape (Make sure the color is different from the noodles)
- Hot glue gun
- Wooden dowel
- Cellophane wrapping
- Rubber band
You'll start by gluing two foam pool noodles together. Allow the glue to dry before securing them with duct tape around the center. Begin spiraling the duct tape around one end of the pool noodle until it reaches the opposite end.
Make sure to wrap it in such a way that it doesn't balloon out and isn't too taut; it should still be able to flex when you try to bend it. Then, using hot glue, start rolling the noodle. Make sure you grasp the pool noodle firmly in your hand while you proceed.
Give the glue five to 10 minutes to harden and stabilize. Continue to use a tight grip as you work through your design. Once you're at the end, use more hot glue to finish attaching it. Make a tiny hole in the bottom of the lollipop just wide enough for your wooden dowel to fit through.
Apply additional glue to set around the base. Cover your gigantic lollipop in cellophane when the glue has set, then fasten the bottom with a rubber band and a bow. Mix and match assorted colors as you see fit!
Keep Warm by the (Fake) Fire
This excellent pool noodle campfire will give you all of the rustic charms of building an open fire without the risk. Kids will love pretending to warm up next to it during winter. Here's what you need:
- Brown and grey noodles
- Dark brown and gray spray paint (if using other colored noodles)
- Tan paint
- Water-based polyurethane
- Hot glue
- Serrated knife
- Bundle of red fringed felt
First, you'll create your logs by cutting several noodles into pieces around 10 to 12 inches long. If they're not already brown, you should set up some newspaper underneath and paint them to match the color of wood. You can then paint on some tan swirls when your pieces are brown to finish the authentic log look.
Once the paint is dry, you can apply some water-based polyurethane if you wish to prevent chipping after continuous use. After the logs are complete, take a grey noodle (or spray paint one completely grey) and cut a one-foot piece out to form a circle. Take your hot glue and attach both ends, then let it harden.
Once you've got your ring ready, place it on the ground and lay your logs all around it. Finally, add a bunch of red fringed felt in the middle to create your fire. Then, you and your kids can sit around the "fire" and tell ghost stories around Halloween or talk of sugar plums around Christmas time.
Love Is in the Air With Valentine's Day Foam Wreath
Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and it's the perfect time to make a gift for your lover or anyone you feel strongly about. This heart-shaped wreath can adorn your door or the inside of your home, acting as a symbol of the feelings floating in the air. Here's what you need:
- Pool noodle
- Serrated knife
- Red yarn
- Small trinkets like plastic roses
- Hot glue
Begin by cutting a triangle in the middle and then slicing the ends of the noodle to fit together to form a heart shape. Use hot glue to attach the ends and let them firm up. Once that's done, wrap the yarn around the noodle until you can't see any trace of it underneath.
You can glue down each end of the yarn to ensure it doesn't move around when you've finished wrapping it. Then, you can add different trinkets, like fake roses or hearts, all around the wreath. When you finish, find the perfect spot to hang it up.
End of the Rainbow for St. Patrick’s Day
St. Patrick's Day represents the end of winter and the start of spring, and what better way to celebrate than with your own pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? This colorful craft can help you look forward to the last of the winter doldrums. Here's what you need:
- Four distinct and colorful pool noodles
- Gold balloons
- Black plastic kettle or pot
- White tissue paper
- Rubber bands
Place your different colored noodles next to each other. To begin, grab your rubber bands and securely connect the ends of the noodles. To keep them attached, start by rubber banding two on the far left, two on the far right, and then two in the middle on each end.
Next, you'll focus on your "gold" using two balloons per nugget. Inflate one of the balloons with air and then let it out. The balloon will stretch out when you do this.
Stuff the balloon with sand using a funnel until you reach the neck. Secure the balloon by tying it off. Remove the neck from the second balloon and place the sand-filled balloon within. The knot from the first balloon shouldn’t be visible. Repeat until you've made as many gold nuggets as you like.
You can now construct the end-of-the-rainbow cloud that you’ll place on top of the rainbow. Make three tissue paper pom poms out of your white tissue paper. Place two on top and one beneath to assemble your cloud structure.
Place enough gold nuggets in your pot so you can fit your rainbow in snugly. Once you finish it, it should look like a rainbow reaching from the top of the clouds into a pot of gold. Now, you've got the perfect decoration for St. Patrick's Day!
We hope you loved learning about creating holiday decorations with pool noodles. It's amazing to realize how many uses you can get from foam noodles. Honor Trading Company offers foam swimming pool noodles individually or in bulk, so you can find the perfect amount for your next craft project. Feel free to contact us with any questions about our products.