8 Pool Noodle Life Hacks & Diy's




Introduction: 8 Pool Noodle Life Hacks & Diy's

About: Innovative Projects, Diy's, Life Hacks

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

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

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

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

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

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

Step 6: Beverage Can Thermos

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

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

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

Step 9: Beverage Can Thermos

I did the same procedure with another piece of noodle.

Step 10: Beverage Can Thermos

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

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

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

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

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

You can make many curtain tiebacks from a pool noodle.

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Watching you enjoy your cool beer like a boss... classic!

I really like the bottle protector idea. I make wine and give it away as gifts. That is a great way to protect them from clanking around. Thanks!

Aw this is brilliant!


4 weeks ago

Yes, pipe insulation comes in different sizes and in boring colors if you don't like neon colors. Has anyone tried painting them? Newer water based paints are less likely to dissolve plastic. You could do a faux finish and make them look like bamboo, stone, steel, copper, etc.

Lately, people have had baby rattlesnakes crawl inside the hollow pool noodles. Just stop up the ends with a squirt of Great Stuff expanding foam. Let the snakes hide somewhere else.


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


2 years ago

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.

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!

Great instructable!

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

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.

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....

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

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.

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!)

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

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.