Friday, January 25, 2013

Re-Purposing Pool Noodles


Remember that garage sale stuff I bought a while back? There were a couple of Pool Noodles in the pile that I re-purposed. It was fun and I found several uses for them around the house.  I could have used a few more!



My grand kids love to run and slam doors; sometimes with little fingers in the way. Ouch! I often throw a folded towel over the tops of doors so they won't slam but this idea works wonderfully. Cut a section and push the noodle high up enough the little kids can't reach to pull it off.
I'm afraid you won't find me carrying heavy buckets of water to mop with anymore but I still carry a bucket now and then to garden. How about on your paint can handle? Those are not always fun to carry when they are full.
Somehow my toes or those of the man of the house always seem to catch the bed legs, often in the middle of the night. It's not so bad anymore covered with a pool noodle. If you don't care for the color, cover it with a decorative duct tape, washi tape or even fabric. 
 I often fold a sweater over a hanger or place it in a drawer, then it gets all wrinkled. A pool noodle will solve that problem.  I did need to work out a couple of issues though and I tell you about it on the following pics.
Covering the noodles with a strip of pretty fabric wound around them would also work. 
I love this one for slacks but they would roll right off. The noodle rolled because of the weight on one side of the slacks. I also have a solution for that below. 
Below are a few more ideas I found that I thought were worth mentioning. 
How about a guard on the shopping cart when you have baby with you?  See it at Baby Center Blog.

Make a wreath base; super easy with some tape and very inexpensive too; I found one at My Sister's Suitcase.

I saw this idea for a headboard and while it is very creative I don't really like how it looks for my decor. If the noodle sections were wrapped with fabric and mounted on a board instead of the wall then I think it would be wonderful. By the way, that last link has many pool noodle uses.

I link at these parties.

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62 comments:

  1. Hello...Lovely informative post. I really liked the way you reuse the pool noodle in so many ways.. Glad to join your site.

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  2. What a great idea! Especially for the clothes hangers. I hate ironing, especially the creases from hangers. Thanks for the tip!

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  3. Really great ideas! Pinning this to my Tips and Tricks board :) Thanks so much for sharing!

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  4. What great ideas for pool noodles! STopping by from Diana's Pin Me Party! :)

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  5. Who knew how useful pool noodles could be? Thanks for the tips!

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  6. What a fabulous idea!! You can pick them up cheap at the dollar store and so many possibilities! stopping by from Pin Me, if you have a moment stop Running Away? I'll Help you pack

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  7. oh my goodness what awesome ideas you have for a pool noodle! Who would have thought it? I love it!.. Im a new reader to your blog and I love all your posts. I've been reading back through them and enjoying them all.. Looking forward to more :)
    Robyn :)

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  8. You are so creative! Hope you're having a great week!

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  9. i BROKE my little toe stubbing it on the bed or something a few years back and then horribly stoved the same toe doing the same thing just two weeks ago. Have just stopped hobbling but still can only wear one certain pair of shoes. So This Pool Noodle Post is awesome. Had I used MY noodle I could have thought of that myself but I did not so thank goodness i have YOU!!! :) I intend to Pool Noodle the bed posts soon!

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    1. Ouch! My toes hurt for you :) For the bed leg, a insulated foam soda can holder works good too.

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  10. Thank you for linking up with me for Show and Tell Saturday at Sassy Little Lady! Be sure to stop by next week!
    http://www.sassylittlelady.com/blog/show-and-tell-saturday/show-and-tell-saturday
    Kathie

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  11. Awesome ideas! Pinned! We don't have a pool but we have TONS of these noodles.

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  12. Wow, you are on creative lady! Gotta love those pool noodles. I'm fresh out, but I plan on making a large purchase the next time I get my hands on some. LOL I just pinned this great post. Thank you bunches for sharing this fabulous tip at A Bouquet of Talent. I love it. :)

    Hugs
    Kathy

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    1. Hi Kathy, I will be getting more and I want to see how many different things I can come up with. thanks for hosting your link party, it's a good one :)

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  13. Absolutely brilliant! And hello! I'm from Phoenix, too! Not a blogger, just a stalker, but I'm following you now!! Dona

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    1. Hello! Glad you found me AND followed, thanks!

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  14. We have pieces of pool noodles on our bed frame as well and it is much better running into those instead of wood!

    Thank you for linking up to Raising Imperfection!
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  15. The hanger idea is brilliant ... especially since some hangers make creases in your clothing that you don't want!

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  16. These are such great tips! That I'm going to have to use! Especially loving the hanger tips! I would love if you would share this over at a Frugal Crafty Home Hop http://www.familyhomeandlife.com/2013/01/re-purposing-pool-noodles.html

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    1. O my goodness I accidentally pasted your url not mine duhhh silly me! http://www.ablossominglife.com/2013/01/frugal-crafty-home-8.html

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  17. Wow! I had no idea you could do so many things with pool noodles! Love the hanger ones and the bed foot ones...geeze I hate when my toes hit that thing! Saw you over at Flour Me With Love and happy to be following you via GFC.

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    1. Thanks! I visited your place and love that Valentines recipe, yum. Following you back.

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  18. Connie, you are one creative lady! Thanks for all the great and frugal ideas and for sharing at A Humble Creation!

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  19. What great ideas, pool noodles who knew they were so handy

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  20. Excellent ideas! Now to find me some pool noodles!

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  21. What Great Ideas!!! Thanks for sharing at Show Me Your Plaid Monday's!

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  22. Perfect repurposing! I'd love it if you stopped by and linked up at Thrifty to Nifty Thursdays at A Jennuine Life. http://ajennuinelife.blogspot.com/2013/01/thrifty-to-nifty-thursdays-4.html

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  23. You are very inventive! Wise use of these pool noodles. I like your ideas.

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  24. Ok this is fantastic! I gotta get some now! I am stopping by from i should be mopping the floor blog hop I look forward to your visit back!

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  25. I've got several pool noodles leftover from the days when we had a pool. Great tips!

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  26. Just hopped over from the Small Things Link Party. Fabulous tips, thanks for sharing! Off to pin this post.

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  27. So smart! Love the idea for preventing the door from banging shut!

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    1. I will never be without a pool noodle on the doors again as long as I have small grandkids! So sad when they have a slammed finger :(

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  28. Really great ideas! I am visiting from the party on I Gotta Try That!

    Shelley

    www.piggyinpolkadots.com

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  29. These are wonderful ideas and I'm going to feature it today! Thanks so much for sharing :)

    http://www.flourmewithlove.com/2013/01/featuring-you_30.html

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  30. Awesome ideas! I will definitely be using some of those :)

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  31. Some brilliant ideas. I will have to get a bunch at the end of summer season! Thanks for sharing & hope your having a great week! Theresa @ DearCreatives.com

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  32. Well, shut the front door -- I never would have thought of doing this! I have made a wreath with a pool noodle. I'm also thinking about the one that you have pants hanging on -- that would be perfect for tablecloths so they don't get that extra fold line. Great ideas!

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    1. Table cloths would be great on a noodle! I hadn't thought of that one ;)

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  33. Visiting from Wednesday Whatsits.
    Love these clever ideas--especially the bed feet. Always stubbing my toes in the dark.

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  34. So brilliant, especially love the hanger idea! thanks for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday!

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  35. So glad you linked up and shared all your great ideas at my party.
    Hugs,
    Marcie

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  36. What great tips! You are today's Dare to Share Feature of the Day. Thank you so much for linking up.

    http://www.pamspartyandpracticaltips.com/2013/01/re-purpose-pool-noodles-feature-of-day.html

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  37. Great Idea! I would never think a pool noodle could be used in some many different ways! Thanks for sharing at Simple & Sweet Fridays.


    Jody

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  38. Awesome ideas! I especially like the tip about using it on a hanger! Glad I found you on Weekend Wander!!
    Selene from restorationbeauty.com

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  39. What a great group of ideas, thank you for sharing them. Pool Noodles...who knew?? : ) Visiting today from Let's Get Social Sunday hop. :)

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  40. That's such a great idea! I am totally going to use some pool noodles for some hangers!

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  41. Such great ideas for pool noodles!! Thanks for sharing at Romance on a dime.

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  42. Love your ideas for pool noodles. You can cut one lengthwise in half completely and lean it against something like a chair or sofa. Put the other ends together with toothpicks and lean into a shoe box....you can use this for a racetrack for marbles.

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    1. I've seen that trick...it's really great!

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  43. Just stopping by to let you know that you were featured today. Thanks for sharing your creative tips with us! http://www.gingerlymade.com/2013/02/show-tell-features.html

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  44. Some really great idea for use of Pool Noodles. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  45. Connie, Congrats! Just wanted you to know you've been featured at Simple & Sweet Fridays. Thanks for sharing!


    Jody

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  46. These are awesome tips for the pool noodles!

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  47. They're also great to stuff inside soft boots to keep them standing up straight (just cut to size).
    I also saw somewhere the idea of putting them under a fitted sheet on a bed (near the edge on the side(s) to keep little ones from falling out of bed...

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