Summer’s well behind us. Across most of the United States, the conditions aren’t exactly favorable for some fun in the sun at the pool or beach.
Despite the change of the season, the pool noodle still remains relevant when the water doesn’t.
Seriously, pool noodles are lowkey one of the greatest inventions ever.
Their countless uses go well beyond the water!
If you’re looking for unabashed innovation, you’ve certainly come to the right place!
Check out 40 of the most innovative uses of pool noodles ever. If you’re not much of a pool-goer and have some excess tubes lying around, consider these crazy useful DIY projects!
1. Stem structural support
Do your plants need some love and support? To help prevent structural damage in susceptible plants, just grab a pool noodle! Cut the noodle into appropriate sizes and wrap them around plant stems. The noodles add a little flair to the garden, too.
2. Boot brace
Pool noodles are simultaneously strong and soft. Their cushiony quality makes them perfect for maintaining boot form. That’s quite the collection of cute boots! These pool noodle boot braces will keep them in tiptop condition.
3. Beverage barge
You’re witnessing pool noodles in their element. At the end of the day, the pool is still their home. Making a beverage barge is easy! Simply select a container and line it with a pool noodle!
4. Quilt storage
Pool noodles are apparently perfect storage devices. Now, you can store your quilts and blankets with ease. The next time you need them, they’ll be ready to roll out like Optimus Prime!
5. Tasteful cutlery
Pool noodles have so much hidden potential. You can cut them into tiny crafts that still serve practical functions. Here, pool noodle slices have been altered to look like flowers. They can even hold napkins and cutlery.
6. Miniature beverage barge
What’s the best way to take a drink out onto the water? Floatable pool noodles! Now, your cans and bottles will stay afloat while you’re relaxing in the sun!
7. Baby haven
This baby sanctuary is built on pool noodles. It’s almost impossible to tell just by looking at the image. Pool noodles are baby proof and soft to the touch. This baby’s in a good place.
8. Noodle funnel
Pool noodles make for excellent funnels. And if you need even more funneling, simply attach an actual funnel to the pool noodle. She’s using her available resources to perfection!
9. DIY car protector
During the colder months, feel free to use pool noodles for anything besides swimming. Their foamy exterior makes the perfect protection against nicks and scuffs on your car doors. A tight garage could easily benefit from a buffer between wall and car door.
10. Pool noodle wreath
Pool noodles serve as the building blocks to so many great arts and crafts. To make a noodle wreath, first, connect both ends of the noodle into a circle. Then, fasten the ends together and wrap them in decorations of your choice.
11. Pool noodle paint brush holder
You can do almost anything with pool noodles. They provide so much utility. Here they are as paintbrush holders. I’m inclined to agree with the author! Yes, this is clever.
12. Pool noodle plant pot
Pool noodles are even useful additions to plant pots. Their unique texture and physical properties can aid in drainage and soil compaction. Plus, filling the bottom of a deep pot with noodle can save money on soil. Who would have thought that a simple pool noodle could foster plant life?
13. Headband bar
Wow, what an adorable little DIY project. It’s not the tools alone that generate great art, but the wielder of said tools, no matter what they are. This is made from pool noodles. Think about that.
14. Bumper to bumper
A bumper to protect your bumper? It sounds ridiculous, but it might be genius. Many innovations weren’t appreciated in their time, anyway.
15. Hanger cushions
Expanding the volume and available surface area of your clothes hangers can yield some benefits. The smooth curves and soft foam prevent wrinkles. Plus, the extra space makes certain articles of clothing easier to manage.
16. Leg support
Table legs can be troublesome. This is especially true with children and pets around. Want to child proof your home? Consider the pool noodle.
17. Noodle draft guard
The pool noodle has countless applications. Door draft guards aren’t always cheap, and sometimes they’re hard to find. A simple DIY pool noodle project can give you quick, customizable draft guards for your entire home!
18. Pool noodle guard rail
Small children are especially prone to falling off the bed. Pool noodle guard rails can act as the perfect buffer. They can make the transition from crib to bed seamless.
19. Pool noodle playhouse
Pool noodles make excellent playhouses. Who would have thought? Their foamy, cushiony exterior is safe and surprisingly sturdy. This play fort is ready to go.
20. Pool noodle protection
Trampolines aren’t exactly the safest products around. Pool noodles make for incredible cushions. Their protective powers can save children from getting scratched and nicked towards the sensitive sides of a trampoline.
21. Pool poker
Do you play cards? Well, pool noodles can even have a hand in your weekly poker sessions! Simply cut a pool noodle into a small cross-section and make a single incision for easy card access. Don’t forget your poker face!
22. Noodle sprinklers
Kids love sprinklers. And turns out, sprinklers love pool noodles. Just poke tiny holes in the exterior and they can provide hours of fun in the sun. Your kids will love it!
23. Baby buffer
Pool noodles make the ultimate cushions. You can baby proof a house entirely with pool noodles if you wanted. This cart got a heck of a lot safer with the pool noodle buffer added.
24. Noodle nunchucks
Did you know that people who practice using nunchucks are called nunchakuka? Kids, don’t try this at home! These are way safer than regular nunchucks, fortunately.
25. Trashcan cushion
The best trashcans make managing the trashbag a breeze. The worst trashcans make it a chore. Oftentimes, the bags will loosen or wiggle out of place completely. This isn’t the case with these pool noodle trashcan cushion guards.
26. Rocking chair care
Rocking chairs are notorious for banging into walls and furniture. Want to prevent the possibility of damage from a wild rock? Simply cut up some pool noodles and add them to vulnerable parts of the chair.
27. Knee pads
A simple strip of pool noodle can work wonders. At the moment, she’s protecting her knees from the jagged ground. This pool noodle is literally benefitting her health! What can’t pool noodles do?
28. Arts and crafts
The spongey material of the pool noodle lends itself well to certain arts and crafts. Look at this little sailboat. Those three ingredients form a whole greater than the sum of its parts! And it all starts with the pool noodle.
29. Cake pop noodle stand
Pool noodles can do almost anything. Here they are propping up cake pops. This contraption looks perfect for parties. And those cake pops look delicious!
30. Anti-wrinkling noodles
Do you travel with fabrics? Do you store them? Either way, pool noodles are the call. Their cylindrical shape prevents wrinkles and offers easy fabric transportation.
31. Pool noodle rocking support
The unique pool noodle material can soften any blow. Here they are working their magic on this rocking chair. The added support to the back end could very well lengthen the lifespan of the wood.
32. Noodle edge guard
Table edges and corners can be a hazard. Some tables are the perfect height for destroying someone’s shins or completely obliterating a foot. A single pool noodle can prevent so much pain and suffering!
33. Pool noodle tombstone
Well, things just got a little darker. Pool noodles can even line the frames of… tombstones? RIP Sub-Skate. You will be missed.
34. Fishing pole holster
What an innovative idea. There’s no need to waste money on an expensive holder when a simple pool noodle will do the trick. The cushion makes the rods even safer to deal with.
35. Kiddie car wash
Welcome to the Kiddie Car Wash. Some plastic pipe, water, and pool noodles built this ridiculous, amazing mechanism. Unfortunately, kids can’t drive. But they can have some fun in the sun!
36. Noodle hammock
Ever felt the need to kick back and relax in a treeside hammock? Well, now you can. Just grab your pool noodles and adequate fabric. Make sure your final product’s safe and sturdy!
37. Beware the pool noodle
As stated, pool noodles are perfect for some crafts. Although noodles are usually associated with summer, they definitely have a place during Halloween. Beware the pool noodle!
38. Pool noodle waterfall
This is DIY engineering at its peak. A pool noodle with holes poked in the appropriate places can make for one fine miniature waterpark. The kids love it, that’s for sure!
39. Poodle noodle playpen
Pool noodles are perfect guard rails. They’re soft and extremely forgiving. Yet they’re also sturdy. This kid’s got the best playpen in town!