Introduction: 8 Pool Noodle Life Hacks & Diy's

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Pool noodles are one of those things I always have lying around.

I hate when you can't get them in the winter (at least not easily)

I think they should be sold all year round as they are very useful.

In this Instructable we'll have a look at 8 things you can do with pool noodles.

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Step 1: Phone Holder

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I used a foam cutter to make a phone holder.

If you don't have a foam cutter, you can also use knife.

The holder can hold the phone in different angles.

Step 2: Pool Noodle Cutter

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For some of the Life Hacks/ Diy's we'll need a cut noodle, so let's make a cutter.

I used thermoplastic to make a ring around the noodle.

Then I pushed through a utility knife (in a slight angle - around 4°) and left the thermoplastic to harden.

Step 3: Pool Noodle Cutter

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When the ring was hard, I slid it onto the noodle and reattached the knife.

By twisting the noodle and holding the ring, you'll get a spirally cut noodle.

Step 4: Improve Your Garden Chair

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Because of the way the noodle is cut, you can wrap it around the objects that are much bigger/fatter than the pool noodle's hole.

I improved the chair so it's more comfy.

I also wrapped table legs, so my son does not hit his head.

Step 5: Hang the Torch

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If you need to hang a torch in the tree or somewhere else, pool noodle does a great job.

Step 6: Beverage Can Thermos

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There are time when I finish my beer fast and times when I make it last

I prefer my beer cold until the last drop, but because of the hot weather it's not always cool.

Pool noodle is a great insulator, perfect to make a thermos bag.

I cut off the top of a can and used that can to cut a hole in a pool noodle.

Step 7: Beverage Can Thermos

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To remove the core, we need a bent knife.

I heated up a utility knife with a blowtorch and bent it with pliers.

Step 8: Beverage Can Thermos

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I used that knife to cut the bottom, so I can remove the core.

Step 9: Beverage Can Thermos

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I did the same procedure with another piece of noodle.

Step 10: Beverage Can Thermos

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And last, I closed the holes.

That's it!

We have a thermos that will keep your beer cold for longer.

Works great!

Step 11: Toilet Cistern Tablet Saver

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I like to use one of those toilet cistern tablets, but they don't last too long.

Here is a way to make it last 40% - 50% longer.

(I've been testing this thing for months)

I cut a space/cavity in a pool noodle for the tablet.

Then I covered it with a sink strainer. I used elastic bands and cable ties to hold the strainer.

I also put 2 eyelets in the strainer, so the sharp holes don't cut the elastic band.

Step 12: Toilet Cistern Tablet Saver

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Put in the tablet and drop it in the toilet cistern.

Make sure your toilet cistern's mechanism is not affected by the "Toilet Cistern Tablet Saver"

Because the tablet is not completely submerged in the water, it will last much longer.

Of course the water will not have as many chemicals in it as before, but it will still do the job.

Step 13: Bottle Protector

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If you need to protect the bottles when travelling, pool noodle does a great job.

Step 14: Tie Together All Those Pipes & Sticks in the Corner

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I have a corner where I keep PVC pipes and wooden sticks.

Pool noodle is a great help in keeping the corner more organized.

Step 15: Curtain TieBacks

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You can make many curtain tiebacks from a pool noodle.


nickx47 (author)2016-12-15


DarrenO2 (author)2016-11-25

Dude, you are too smart! So cool, thank you so very much

D-Undercover (author)2016-08-05

Absolutely ingenius!

gmh125 (author)2016-08-01

I didn't read all the comments, so I apologize if this is a repeat: If you have a small child who is adjusting to sleeping in a "big kid bed", or occasionally falls out of bed; slip a pool noodle under the fitted sheet near the edge of the mattress. The bump is just enough to keep them in the bed (and off the floor). The same idea can be used to divide a bed in half, should the children need to share.

lovethebackwoods (author)2016-08-01

I wish my parents were alive to read all of this; they died decades before such fanciful items were invented. I can hear my mother warning me not to try to cook spaghetti noodles in cold, dirty swimming pools!

I slit a pool noodle lengthwise and cut it into lengths to wrap on the back rack of my four-wheeler. This helps protect loads, as well as my legs, when my buddy drives the four-wheeler and expects me to sit on the back!

grapenut (author)2016-07-30

Great instructable!

deswiger (author)2016-07-30

These are great ideas, problem now is, I don't have any noodles for my pool, ooppppss.... good job, Semper Fi

teddlesruss (author)2016-07-29

Here's another use - thread cargo tie-down straps through two noodles, open the car doors, pass the strap through the car with the noodles on the roof, one by the rear doors one by the front doors - you have a padded roof rack like the ones you have to pay heaps for at the auto accessories shop. (Do open the doors first or you'll tie your doors shut. But once the straps are tightened, you can close the doors and the straps will be trapped from sliding back and forwards. Suggest putting one roof rack as far forward as your door frames allow, and the other as far back as possible,)

Your car roof can take a lot of weight provided it's spread across by padding such as a pool noodle roof rack. I've used a pair of these on the roof of the car to move a fairly large table. If the table had been heavier I might have made another pair of these and put them across the roof at two more points closer to the centre of the roof to spread the weight out a bit more.

photony (author)2016-07-26

You plugged the bottom hole on the can holder. The manufactured ones HAVE a hole so you don't get a vacuum as you're trying to extract the can....

DanaC21 (author)photony2016-07-26

The filled hole on his isn't air tight. Would it really create a vaccum in this case?

photony (author)DanaC212016-07-26

I say trying it would determine it...

DanaC21 (author)photony2016-07-26

I don't need to try it. ShakeTheFuture already made it and it works for him. You were the one being skeptical about his invention.

ryanjohnlenz (author)DanaC212016-07-26

I'd put up with a little bit of vacuum to gain the added R-value from having a hole in the bottom of my insulator! If it was really a bit concern, you could cut a very narrow channel down the inside of the noodle. At least that way the cool air would (somewhat) pool up inside the channel (versus constantly dumping out via convection currents from the hole in the bottom).

Great instructable--some very interesting ideas (especially the floating toilet-chemical ring! Genius!)

Dr Will 304 (author)ryanjohnlenz2016-07-27

Additional R-value? You realize the top of the can is not covered, and open to the air... Right? And when it's on the table, the air is still trapped, providing some insulation. Unbelievable. People watch Mythbusters and think they're scientists

JustinV35 (author)Dr Will 3042016-07-28

In the words of bugs bunny, "What's up, Doc?" Did you watch the video thoroughly? 'Cause the guy made a cap to cover the top of the can.

thundrepance (author)Dr Will 3042016-07-28

warm air rises, though, so warm summer air won't settle on the can, as the can is much cooler. i'm going to make MANY.

DanaC21 (author)ryanjohnlenz2016-07-27

It's not a concern with me. I like the invention. There is still a vent in the bottom, even when you plug the hole. The plug will not be perfectly air tight. I also wouldn't mind even if it did have a little vaccum.

Thank You!

photony (author)DanaC212016-07-27

skeptical, because foam can holders available commercially HAVE the hole on the bottom, just for this reason!

DanaC21 (author)photony2016-07-27

There is still a vent in the bottom, even when you plug the hole. The
plug will not be perfectly air tight. I also wouldn't mind even if it
did have a little vacuum.

photony (author)DanaC212016-07-27

maybe some drag...I also use the hole to push the can up...

ShakeTheFuture (author)photony2016-07-27

I did plug the hole, but I did not use any glue, so there is no vacuum.

JustinV35 (author)2016-07-28

Hmmm.... let's give our good friend the Doctor the benefit of the doubt. Perhaps he's confused as to the location I'm referring to in which to insert the fender flares. Here's a picture for clarification...

cdzsj (author)2016-07-27


All great ideas, thank you. I thought I had to share my noodle fix. I love to read in bed, problem is mattresses are not as long as they use to be , so there is a gap at the top of the bed, (tried pushing the mattress against the headboard, did not work).

Took three noodles plus a few inches of another, inserted the tube from some old garden solar lights inside the holes to keep the two pieces together. Wrapped the three extended noodles together in an old mattress pad, stitched the long edge and now this sort of triangular wedge fills the gap nicely, and no more lost pillows down the gap.

Dr Will 304 (author)cdzsj2016-07-27

Or you could spend $20 and make a headboard for your bed. I mean... Really... Come on . LOL.

cdzsj (author)Dr Will 3042016-07-28

Oh! Sorry "Dr. Will", my mistake, I miss read your name. LOL back to you.

cdzsj (author)Dr Will 3042016-07-28

Thank you Dr. Bill, but I do have a headboard and a footboard, what I no longer have is a mattress that fit as well as the old ones. I am 75 years young and have had many mattresses in my lifetime, the last two are about three to four inches too short, and they were not inexpensive by any means.

She has a headboard ("tried pushing the mattress against the headboard...").

thundrepance (author)cdzsj2016-07-28

i'm going to do that!! unlike dr{"i'm not a doctor, but i play one on t.v."} will, i think it's a LOVELY idea!

SonnyR1 (author)2016-07-26

Those things fall apart after time especially in the sunlight. They flake off like dandruff.

thundrepance (author)SonnyR12016-07-28

you meant that the "seat caddies" disintegrated in sunlight, right? i had 2 really cute, cheaply-made purses that disintegrated over a couple of years, even though i packed them in tissue paper {in a drawer} off-season. one shed in the air like brown chicken feathers, so i chucked it the same day. >:^/

Catley (author)SonnyR12016-07-27

Good to know. Maybe I shouldn't use them between my paving stones after all, as that area is exposed to the sun for most of the day. Would depend on how many months they could withstand it before needing to be replaced.

thundrepance (author)2016-07-28

wow, dude! did you come here just to hassle people for their great ideas, or WHAT? you make yourself sound petty & jealous, "doctor".

Dr Will 304 (author)2016-07-27

Consider using pipe insulation for some of the uses being touted here. It's not that expensive. And it looks a lot better than a brightly colored kids to work.

thundrepance (author)Dr Will 3042016-07-28

for everything here, including furniture leg covers {baby head protectors}, the colors do not matter @ all. colors are cheerful, & pool noodles are cheap as chips! ~~ learned that from david dickinson x^)

1moloom (author)2016-07-28

The pipe holder sounds great. Maybe you could also use this to corral brooms and mops. I think I will try it.

impied (author)2016-07-28

These are genius!!

weismonger4 (author)2016-07-28


callhow (author)2016-07-27

I've used pool noodles on my Jon boat to protect edges & keep boat quiet when fishing close to rocks, trees, other obstacles. Similar to boat fenders.

callhow (author)2016-07-27

I'm wondering - If your "cut can" had maybe 2 end-holes (for needle-nose pliers), then you could heat sharp edge of opposite end and use to cut the noodle ? Has anyone tried this ?

JustinV35 made it! (author)2016-07-26

I used a pool noodle to act as an insulator and gap guard between the fenders and doors on my Jeep Cherokee. I don't have a picture of my own, unfortunately, but what I did was take one pool noodle, cross-cut it in half so I had two equal-length pieces, and starting from the bottom of the fender opening by the door, I shoved the noodle in and just kept stuffing it in and following it up into the top of the fender.

The helps insulate against sand, mud, water, and tire noise when your innder fender liners deteriorate and fall out! Also works great when you remove the doors - cuts down on how much crud is flying in your face!

(images courtesty of

CaptnDev (author)JustinV352016-07-26

You bought a jeep??? Lol :-)

JustinV35 (author)CaptnDev2016-07-27

lol... 5 years ago :)

matcutter (author)2016-07-26

I've used noodles in the car to fill the gap between the seat and console. Keeps food and keys from falling down and under the seats.

TeriG7 (author)matcutter2016-07-27

great idea .....ty

Catley (author)matcutter2016-07-27

Another great use for them! I bought a set called "seat caddies" or something like that, but in my car, they just won't fit properly. Since all I really really need is to prevent keys and credit cards and the like from hiding in inaccessible places, pieces of noodle will do just fine.

Nokota (author)2016-07-26

My friend and I took two noodles and a section of sleeping bag mat, cut slits up the sides of the noodles and inserted the mat and glued it in place. Makes a perfect play mat for her sister's infant - stainproof and all that. We made a cover for it no-sew blanket style out of fleece that pops on and off easily for washing. The sister and the baby both love it. The raised edge made of noodle keeps the baby from rolling off and keeps her toys all in one place. It's two feet wide by three feet long, made with dollar tree noodles.

Catley (author)Nokota2016-07-27

Really, really great idea for a present!

Pchappelle (author)2016-07-26

not always using true "pool noodles" but less expensive pipe insulating foam tubes, available year 'round, I use to store & transport fishing rods. It prevents the eyelets from getting bent and the tips from getting chopped off when you shut the car door on them ( an all-too-regular occurrence for me just after I've donned my waders and am about to begin fishing...)

Catley (author)Pchappelle2016-07-27

pipe insulating foam tubes--excellent suggestion!

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