Step 2: Mask off a cutting guide on your noodle (sounds naughty, doesn't it?)

Measure off an inch or two from one end and wrap masking tape around the pool noodle as a guide for cutting. Make it nice and square as it goes around the noodle. (Say that 3 times fast!)

I just used two widths of 3/4" tape to make my drip rings 1.5" wide. (Yes, I know, it's actually 3.81cm for you Euro folk.)
This is an awesome idea!!! My kids and I just did this!! We got the noodles at the dollar store. The noodles were not as big as some of the other stores, but I figured I could manage. Since the noodles weren't as big, I had to cut another little notch to make them go all the way around. I also got some fun duct tape. I put a stripe around to hold everything in place. I did the kids paddles. It cost me 2$ a paddle. I have enough left over to do several more paddles, or replace them if needed. I like the added bonus of the paddles being able to float. The kids like that it is custom to their likes. Thank you so much for a great instructable!!!
<p>Great idea and worked perfectly. We had an old noodle and place two pieces on each side of the paddle. Never felt a drop of water. Thank you for sharing!</p>
<p>How come all the great ideas are the simplest. I was in the same situation and had the same problem and was musing on it for a couple of weeks. Great solution thanks.</p>
Great idea. I already have all the stuff sitting around in my shed, so I'm going to make a couple of them today.

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