Introduction: Sea Horse From a Pool Noodle

About: In a valiant attempt to keep myself from dying of boredom, I create.
Summer time is pool time and pool noodles are cheap and fun.  So let’s add an fun twist to the plain old pool noodle (available right now at most dollar stores) and turn it into a fun and water proof “Sea Horse”, and this is how to do it.

Step 1:

A pool noodle (the thinner ones work better)
12” x 4” (30cm x 10 cm) strip of felt (color to go well with the color of your noodle)
E-6000 glue (I got the new white glue, don’t like it was well, it is waterproof though)
Paring knife (sharp)
2 glass pebbles (available in the floral department of your local craft store)
Clothes pins
Straight pins
Yarn (mine is 100% cotton white)

Step 2:

Cut off 1 yard (1 meter) of yarn.  Bend one end of the noodle until the end rests along the rest of the noodle.  Take the piece of yarn and wrap it around both widths of the noodle and tie it tight with the ends of the yarn hanging down the back of the horse.  You have now created the head.

Step 3:

Fold the piece of felt in half, length wise.  Snip the felt almost to the fold about 1 inch (2.5cm) apart.  Don’t measure it, just eyeball it.    Put a line of glue from the top of the head down the neck to the place where the yarn is located. 

Step 4:

Place the center of the felt along the line of glue and use straight pins to hold the felt in place until it dries (1 hour).  Use the clothes pins to hold the mane closed until it has dried.

Step 5:

Determine where you want the eyes to be located, and then use a pen to trace around the glass pebble. 

Step 6:

Use the paring knife to cut away of some of the noodle leaving a place for the eye to rest. 

Step 7:

Cover the back of the pebble with the glue

Step 8:

and place it into the recess that you cut.

Step 9:

Take the little piece you cut for the eye and trim it a little so it will look more like an ear.  Put a line of glue along the spot you want the ear to be and stick the end of the ear on the glue line.  Use straight pins to hold the ear in place.  Let everything sit at least an hour until everything is dry. 

Step 10:

Turn the sea horse over and repeat steps 5-9 for the other eye and ear.  Let it dry.  Remove all the straight pins.  It’s done.  This little fella can be used as a stick horse or as a sea horse in a pool.  Enjoy!
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