Pool noodles made their way in the market about three decades ago when Steve Hartman, CEO and president of Industrial Thermal Polymers, kickstarted the sale of the products after deciding to work with his dad. The two began making backer rods; which Steve’s dad explained was anything with expansion joints that you peel away and there would be foam inside to seal it. Steve and his family seemed to find himself using these rods every time they would jump in the pool.
Almost 30 years later, the colorful pool noodles have been used for a myriad of different practical uses including some that will truly leaving you scratching your head. The following 60 images demonstrate the full extent of just how creative some people have been with the foam rods. From counter protectors to throne chairs, these crazy ideas for pool noodles are sure to stir some ideas the next time you decide to shop for one.
1) Pool Noodle Rainbow
This vibrant rainbow is a pretty simple concept, yet it’s very captivating in its presence. The plus side is you’ll never see a dull moment once you get to see this rainbow hang around all the time. Let’s just hope we can find a pot of gold as well right?
2) Pool Noodle Flip Flops
Here’s a funny one. Use some pool noodles to make some sandals if you’re feeling for some fun in the sand. Just try not to hang around anywhere where there may be a Bigfoot sighting to avoid any confusion
3) Pool Noodle Hobby Horses
Pool entertainment is a must If you have a pool noodle. These are great to use as aquatic horses whenever you dip in the pool invite some more guests over.
4) Noodle Toss Game
Speaking of entertainment, We can’t forget pool noodle hoops! The game of tossing hoops is always one that attracts many competitors. Those who have avidly played Cornhole may find themselves at an advantage.
5) Noodle Hoops
Wanting to play basketball but there’s no park in sight? Why not just make a cool pool noodle hoops! It fights just the right diameter for a smaller ball and it can serve as practice for the little ones as they begin their professional basketball careers early.
6) Noodle Kneeling Pad
When kneeling isn’t criticized as unpatriotic, it’s actually quite a pleasant rest position. The noodle kneeling pad grants reinforced support for your knees and it’s suitable for just about any style of worship. Try the yoga “child’s pose” on the noodle pad If you’re up to a sweet challenge.
7) Social Distancing Pool Noodle Hats
If you can’t convince them, force them. At least that’s what this modern inventor was probably thinking. Not a bad way to go if you’re actually trying to be serious about social distancing. Props to this man’s courage to keep people safe with this hat.
8) Noodle Spider Costume
If you’ve ever complained about not having tools for a Halloween costume, then clearly you might have to revisit some of your pool noodles. This girl rocks her spider outfit like no humanoid- arachnid before. Its a pity she’s going to cost many arachnophobes their sleep that night.
9) Noodle Bon Fire
Come gather around the fire! The pool noodle fire that is! This makeshift bonfire immediately makes the room around you 10° warmer. The texture and color of the noodles really do give it that dark auburn woody feel.
10) Noodle Car Rack Protectors
If you were thinking about using some racks on your car, then why not try pull noodles! This awesome innovation allows things like a ladder to be stabilized on the roof of a car. Guaranteed to protect the metal on your car and preserve your items to and from in one piece!
11) Noodle Paint Brush Holder
Tired of spilling paint everywhere after an art session? Not to worry because it seems like pool noodles even can solve that mess! Just cut some slits in a cylindrical sized pool noodle and voila! Insert the the brushes so that they may rest easy over a plastic container. The legendary Bob Ross would definitely appreciate this!
12) Noodle Tentacle Prop
This one was a little bit more awkward. It has no real practical use but it looks like something out the planet Pandora from Avatar. The surrounding veins and neon green color to give it a very alluring aesthetic. Props for artistic creativity.
13) Pool Noodle Baby Crib Rail Bumpers
Here’s a good one for your little ones. Why not try pool noodles as rail bumpers! They’re cheap effective, and best of all great for protecting your baby from an unprecedented accident.
14) Pool Noodle Toddler Counter Bumpers
Another great way to protect your little ones would be to use a pool noodle as a counter bumper. You may recall that one time in Thanksgiving, or Christmas dinner someone at some point had bit the dust because of a corner counter. It’s a good thing we have resources and tools to prevent this remember scarring another generation again.
15)Pool Noodle Child Seat Belt Pad
Using a pool noodle as a seat belt pad is an idea that goes past most people’s heads. Can serve to alleviate some of the tightness or it can be used as a pillow to rest your head on. Whatever the case, make sure to bring a pool noodle on your next big road trip!
16)Pool Noodle Car Door Bumper
Some of us just have a bad tendency of slamming a car door wide open. Luckily, a pool noodle car door bumper has been created to account for our loose hands. These are great for tightly fit parking spaces that can cause damage to your vehicle.
17) Pool Noodle UnderSea Coral Reef Prop
A little creativity goes a long way. This bombastic plastic noodle coral reef is a spectacle of a design. The sheer size and vibrancy of this creation can definitely paint a setting in any household.
18) Pool Noodle Candles with LED lights
In need of some lights to illuminate the house? Try using pool noodles to make some custom LED candles! The noodles can be placed on any surface, including the water, in order to shine and add good lighting to the setting.
19) Pool Noodle Sprinkler
Pool noodles can be used as a sprinkler system as well! Poke some holes into your pool noodle and attach to a hose and watch the water disperse everywhere. These are great for outdoor hoses that are used to water fields of grass.
20) Pool Noodle Bed Edge Bumpers for Kids
If you’ve ever falling off your bed while sleeping, then you know the uncomfortable feeling of hitting the deck while unconscious. Fortunately, pool noodles can be used as edge bumpers for kids who like sleeping on the edge. You’ll thank me later once you realize how much of a lifesaver this is.
21) Pool Noodle Garden Stakes
Need something to hold your plants upright? Who would have thought a pool noodle was the remedy. The noodles also act as a way to elevate the plant in order to allow the plant to gather more sunlight.
22) Pool Noodle Clothes Hangers
At a pool noodle to your clothes hanger in order to increase it s potential. You can increase the load and hang pants, coats, or even sweaters. Try and see for yourself!
23) Pool Noodle Holiday Wreath
For that special occasion, a pool noodle wreath is not a bad idea if you’re looking to save some money. Sure it’s not ideal, but it could definitely get the job done. Nobody will know the difference and your wreath will still keep some of its volume. This is a great life hack for those looking to save some money on a big adornment.
24) Birthday Candles
Every year we have birthdays to sing along to and come together for. Ever thought you could use pool noodles as birthday candles? Neither did we, but here we are. This year, make sure to blow out your wishes with some pool noodle candles.
25) Pool Noodle Rosary
Who knew pool noodles could be this stylish! The variety of color can definitely add some flavor to this makeshift rosary. It might take some patience to make, but it definitely looks like it’s well worth the effort If it can recreate a smile like this little girl.
26) Pool Noodle Boot Stands
For all my cowboys and cowgirls, this one might rouse your attention. Noodles can be used to sit your boots upright and not have them fall loosely to the side. Just cut a portion out of the noodle and stuff it into a boot in order for the boots to be properly stand upright. This will definitely help you in organizing your closet more efficiently.
27) Pool Noodle Faucet Extension
If you ever thought about needing a faucet extender look no further. The pool noodle can be used as a faucet extender to transport water to a different container such as a bucket. This seemed like an easy one to think of however not sure why it’s not used very often.
28) Pool Noodle Elf Legs
Santa’s Little helpers just got a pool noodle makeover. Try using pool noodles as elf legs if you’re thinking about making a life-like design. As you can see from this image, they look like a perfect fit once you attach the patterns and colors to the noodle legs.
29) Pool Noodle Christmas Tree Watering Tube
Watering your Christmas tree can be a hassle sometimes. Try using a pool noodle as a funnel next time and see how easy it is to water the tree. It’s easy to assemble and it’s a sure-fire away to give your tree the nutrients it needs to stay healthy.
30) Football Goal Posts
Pool noodles can be used to assemble a goal post for outdoor recreation such as and end- zone. As shown, this would be a good idea to use whenever you have people over for football games or just to have fun outside. It’s quick and easy to assemble and guaranteed to bring lots of laughter for those involved.
31) Kick Croquet Lawn Game
Another playful event that can be used with pool noodles is croquet. You can set up various obstacles on the ground with the noodles in order to indicate where the ball will go through. There’s really no excuse to experiment with the many activities the outdoors can bring.
32) Pool Noodle Lollipops
Try not to salivate as you take a gander at these pool noodle lollipops. This would have been any kids’ dream coming out of their doctor appointment. These Willy Wonka looking treats are definitely a sight to see.
33) Pool Noodle Headboard
In addition to protecting children from falling from their beds, pool noodles can also be used as headboards. This adds protection to those kids who accidentally hit their head against wall like surfaces. Not to mention, The multicolored pool noodles give the bedroom a vibrant touch.
34) Pool Noodle Trampoline Spring Protectors
Adding on to the mini protective features, this one here is made to protect the border of a trampoline. For those who let joy overwhelm them, this is great to avoid any accidental leaps and bounds that can occur on a trampoline. Make sure to always be safe and to practice safe habits regardless of added protection.
35) Pool Noodle Backyard Water Park
Yep that’s right pool noodles can be used as a DIY water park! This image shows just how creative you can get if you put your mind to work. Pool noodles are a one of a kind tool that can bring even the excitement of a water park to your backyard!
36) Pool Noodle Floating Pool Shade
Sometimes it gets really hot outside and you just need a little bit of shade. This pool noodle invention looks to meet that request. You can stand underneath the cover to provide you with some cooling shade on a hot summer day.
37) Floating In-Pool Table
The pool noodle still has more functions to serve in the pool. Can be used as a floating in-pool table to hold belongings such as sunglasses, hats, or any small type of gear. You can even have a quick game of cards if you and your buddies are up for it.
38) Noodley Beverage Boat
To expand on the previous idea, why not also use pool noodles as a mini beverage cooler? You can use it to store ice and your favorite type of ice cold drink on a hot summer day. Many guests would surely appreciate the fact that they can cool down in the pool whenever they’d like. This one is a definite crowd favorite.
39) Pool Noodle Javelin Toss
Like the Ancient Greeks before us, pool noodles can be used as javelins for entertainment. Using hoops as a way to count score, you can set up the pool noodles how you would like in a way that requires a contestant to toss a javelin-like noodle through these hoops. Accuracy and precision are key when it comes to executing in this game.
40) Pool Noodle Shopping Cart Bumper
This adorable innovation is sure to have mothers who are accompanied by their baby out shopping start smiling joyfully. Getting groceries is a necessity for most people, so why not give your baby the best experience possible with a pool noodle attached as a handlebar. This eliminates many nasty germs going into your baby’s hands and also keeps the baby tightly secured.
41) Pool Noodle Raft
We’ve seen many pool noodle water ideas, but this might be the biggest one yet. A pool noodle raft can be constructed with a little hard work diligence. Just be sure to test it out in your pool before you decide to go white water rafting in the wild (clearly a joke, but please don’t do this).