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We’re probably all familiar with pool noodles, those long and squishy Styrofoam-y “noodles” we use to help us float in the pool. But did you know they have many uses outside the water, too? Below are 10 ways to use them for more than just keeping your head above water. And the best news? Not only are they super easy to craft into other useful objects, but they’re cheap, too (i.e., many dollar stores sell them). 1. Gigantic Flowers All you need for these gigantic flowers are pool noodles and tissue paper… and some creativity, of course. But kids love making these, too, especially when they have friends over, so keep that in mind. 2. Bike Car Wash If you have kids, the Bike Car Wash is a MUST. It’s not only easy to make, but fun for everyone. 3. An Ice Chest Yep, now you don’t even have to get out of the pool to get a drink. Just configure your pool noodle into a floating ice chest and you can stay in the water all day long. 4. Napkin Rings Just cut across a pool noodle horizontally to create cute (and affordable) napkin rings… and child-friendly ones, too. And since pool noodles don’t just come in ordinary tube shapes, your future napkin rings can be flower-shaped, among other things. 5. Bodyboard All you need to make this bodyboard is a pool noodle and some duct tape. (A permanent marker to make a creative design is optional.) 6. Baby Activity Gym I love love LOVE this DIY baby activity gym… made from pool noodles! You can then decorate them however you’d like. Soon, you may even become the baby activity gym connoisseur in your neighborhood! 7. Ring Toss This makes for a really fun party game, when you create a ring toss out of pool noodles. 8. Tic Tac Toe Who doesn’t love a game of Tic Tac Toe? Bet you’ve never played an oversized version like this before! It’ll keep the kids entertained for hours! (And perhaps the adults, too!) 9. Obstacle Course This is fun for all ages, though you can pretend it’s just for the kids to play in! 10. As A Funnel Tired of holding (and trying to balance) your mop bucket under the sink while it fills up? Well, grab your pool noodle instead and use it as a funnel. Easy, right? 11. Soccer Croquet Croquet is a family-friendly game and now you can make your own wickets, AKA hoops. Creating them is a fun DIY project for parents and kids alike! 12. Garage Bumper At some point, who among us hasn’t scraped the side of our car or mirror against something in the garage (if not the garage itself)? Once you install these garage bumpers—made from pool noodles, of course—say goodbye to garage-created nicks and scratches. 13. Door Bumper Isn’t it the worst when you’ve finally fallen asleep, but then someone in your house gets up to use the bathroom and slams the door? Well, not anymore. When you make these door bumpers from pool noodles, you’ll sleep right through the late-night door slammers in your house. 14. Quilt Storage Yep, when you cut up a pool noodle, you can use pieces of it to store your quilts. Genius. 15. To Get Rid Of Creases In Your Pants You know how you hang a pair of pants on a hanger, only to see a big crease when you take them off and hurriedly put them on for work? And who has time to iron?! When you use a pool noodle, though, your pants will be wear-ready immediately. 16. Child-Proofing Looking for an affordable, colorful way to child-proof your home? Then look no further than pool noodles. A friend of mine recently tried this, and it not only worked, but her kids started suggesting different colored pool noodles for different rooms of the house. 17. DIY Lightsabers With Star Wars fever never-ending, every kid I know loves a good lightsaber and these pool noodle-inspired ones are perfect. The only other ingredient you’ll need is duct tape to make the stems. Since these lightsabers are softer than plastic, store-bought ones, they’re safer, too. A win-win for all, in a galaxy far, far away… or in your very own backyard. Shareably stacyboegem/Instagram/POPSUGAR Celebrate Always/Babble Shareably garrettjjames/Instagram/POPSUGAR SEWING FOR MY BABY BOY/Babble THE JOYS OF BOYS/Babble THE JOYS OF BOYS/Babble Martha Stewart/Babble Shareably Down Home Inspiration/Babble Shareably sbessinger/Instagram/POPSUGAR lakeonestitchery/Instagram/POPSUGAR Shareably mrs_stacieross/Instagram/POPSUGAR Lifehacker/Fussy Ninja

Pin19K Share1K TweetShares 20KSchool’s out and summer is in full swing (at least temperature-wise), and that means more pool time for the family. Yay! But before you dive in, here are some pool hacks and organization ideas to get your pool ready for cool summer activites. From DIY towel racks to cool ways to light up the pool, your backyard will be the hottest hangout in town with these tips. Pool Hacks You Need to Know Bring Balloons with you to the pool.  Water balloons.  They are a blast as they seem to move weightlessly through the water! Put your phone in a plastic bag if you plan to keep it near the pool. The touchscreen will still work through the plastic, and you can rest easy knowing it’s protected from splashes. Got an old kiddie pool?  And you want to make some memories with your kids??  Have them watch the stars come out in a makeshift backyard bed! At a loss for where to hang wet towels and bathing suits? Make your own pool towel door to keep by the pool. Practical and cute! A towel tree does the job nicely, too.  OR, you can build your own pvc pipe towel rack. Make your own floating cooler out of a plastic container and pool noodles for just a couple of bucks. So smart! Make a lei necklace to help keep you cool – all you need is pieces of sponges, dip them in water prior to wearing them.  Feels great! Keep sunscreen and bug spray near the pool if you’re having a party in case your guests forget to bring their own. Put some extra beach towels out, too! Kids will love this DIY pool float. Pool Organization Ideas Add lighting for night time swimming with these DIY pool noodle luminaries. Or just toss the glow sticks directly into the pool. Kids will love it! These poolside pallets are great for storing pool noodles and other swim toys! Whether you’re in your own pool or going to your local pool for a swim, this DIY beach towel bag is pure genius. Everything you need for swimming or lounging poolside is right there! It’s great for the beach, too. Create a wearable bath towel!  This hoodie isn’t just adorable – it is also 100% functional! We love this cabinet makeover! What a great way to store extra beach towels and swim diapers. Attach buckets to a pallet for easy toy storage. Just make sure air can circulate to allow the toys to dry. Mermaid tails may not be a pool hack, but let’s just say they were one of the best investments we made into our daughter’s summer.  This thing was in tatters by the end of the year and she still is talking about “the tail”.  This is a fully swimmable mermaid tail and fin.  Crazy! Keep pool noodles organized along with drying towels!  This organizer was made from a pallet!  What a genius pallet hack! Not great with DIY projects? No problem. A simple laundry hamper works well for keeping toys organized, too. Instant Popsicles!!  Your poolside fun just became a whole lot more fun with this instant popsicle maker!  Fill it, plug it in, swim, and come back for a tasty pool-side treat!  This maker makes pops in mere minutes! Create lightsabers for an epic pool battle from pool noodles. Or use them for making apple stamps (or pumpkin stamps) for fall! Pin19K Share1K TweetShares 20K

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