Move over popsicle sticks!
There’s a new material in town making a big impression on crafty parents and creative kids everywhere. Once considered a simple pool toy, the noodle has revealed itself as a versatile product that can be used to make toys, games and even holiday decorations.
Use your noodle to make this adorable centerpiece and add extra sparkle to your July 4th festivities.
Pool noodle (any color)
Decorative paper (or a colorful vinyl table cloth works equally well)
4th of July Spray Picks (available at most craft stores)
Strong adhesive (such as Mod Podge)
Cut your pool noodle to the desired size “firecracker.”
Measure decorative paper to fit around the firecrackers while allowing an inch or so to overlap.
Use a brush to spread glue on noodle and carefully roll paper onto noodle applying additional glue if necessary. Set aside to dry.
Cut a circle out of the remaining paper to cover the top of the noodle. Lay circle on top of noodle and poke hole through top with pencil before gluing onto place. Be sure to match seams up so none of the noodle shows though. Set aside to dry.
Insert festive spray into hole you poked in top of noodle.
Place firecrackers in a vase or decorative pot.
Thank you to Heather and Vanessa from www.atthepicketfence.com for sharing this creative craft.
Noodle Napkin Rings
Nothing says “casual chic” more than napkin rings made from pool noodles.
Pool noodle (I recommend using one with rounded ridges, although any noodle will do)
Use sharp scissors to cut the noodle into 2-3 inch rounds.
To use, pull napkin through hole and place on table as desired.
The World’s Largest Necklace
I love this craft because it’s fun, engaging and helps hone patterning and fine motor skills.
Basket or box
Heavy twine or rope
Use sharp scissors to cut noodles into 2-3 inch rounds. Place rounds in a basket or box (for easy storage).
Cut rope to desired length and tie a knot at the end. String beads together by threading the rope through the holes. Hint: Wrap a small piece of duct tape around the end of the rope to prevent it from fraying.
Hoop it Up
This fun activity is great to set up in your backyard, playroom or even a bathtub.
Pool noodles (at least 3)
Basket or box
Make a hoop by bending one noodle into a circle and securing with duct tape.
Make mini “balls” by cutting the remaining pool noodles into 2-3 inch rounds and placing them in a basket, box or plastic container.
Use duct tape to hang hoop in desired location and PLAY!Tags: Mommy on a Shoestring