Discover: Fun Modern Twists on Recycled Pool Noodles

Somehow everybody seems to own at least one foam pool noodle, even if they don’t have a pool, or live near one. They’re cheap, take up awkward amounts of room, and usually sit in a corner collecting dust after just a few years of use.  

With summer in full swing, we thought we’d share some of our favorite clever ideas to help you recycle those old pool noodles into decorative crafts, kids’ games, and activities, or even cute little play accessories and toys. Quite a few of these suggestions don’t even require cutting or altering the noodles, so you can use them one way, then change them up to turn them into something completely different!

For more adorable recycled kids crafts for summer play, save a peanut butter jar to make our kid-safe DIY camp lanterns, turn a shoebox in a nature explorer’s kit, or sew the cutest crab softie from recycled tee towels or shirts!

Recycled Pool Noodle DIY Ideas

12 Ways to upcycle pool noodles with modern twists for kids!
12 Ways to upcycle pool noodles with modern twists for kids!
  • Make a cute set of Flower Bubble Wands from Create, Craft, Love
  • Use a sliced pool noodle as a Race Track from Ramblings from Utopia
  • Look forward to bath time with these little Pool Noodle Boats from Today’s Parent
  • Fill an afternoon stamping with this easy and fun Roller Stamp from Wild Olive
12 Ways to upcycle pool noodles with modern twists for kids!

Have we missed an awesome poodle noodle upcycle? Have a project you love that we should know about? Share it in the comments!!SaveSave

Amanda Eldridge
Amanda Eldridge

With a passion for cultivating imagination, Amanda aims to help kids and families discover their creative potential through art, play, adventure, activism, conservancy, and community. Amanda has a background in graphic design, environmental design, and art curation. When not playing with ideas and designs for barley & birch, she enjoys working in freelance design, art, and illustration.


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  1. Very creative ideas – love the croquet wickets! Since my kids are all grown up, I have just been using them on my clothes hangers (great for keeping hang creases from pants as well as providing shoulder padding for hanging jackets or sweaters) by measuring a length needed and slitting it to fit over the hanger. I originally bought them to roll up batting , quilt top and backing to store before basting together.

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