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Mommy on a Shoestring: Get creative with pool noodles

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.

Firecracker Centerpiece

Use your noodle to make this adorable centerpiece and add extra sparkle to your July 4th festivities.

You need:

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)

Sharp scissors

Directions:

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.

You need:

Pool noodle (I recommend using one with rounded ridges, although any noodle will do)

Sharp scissors

Directions:

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.

You need:

Pool noodles

Sharp scissors

Basket or box

Heavy twine or rope

Directions:

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.

You need:

Pool noodles (at least 3)

Sharp scissors

Basket or box

Duct tape

Directions:

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!

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