Aaahhhh…I love summer and warm weather. Summer weather sends us searching for pools, and lakes to cool ourselves from the high temperatures. In the Northwest with our hot summer sun and our cold water lakes, enjoying the season can sometimes become a hamster wheel: Too hot in the sun – go jump in the water. Too cold to stay in the water – get out to warm up in the sun. Repeat. That’s why I love pool noodles. They allow some of my hot body (hot as in temperature) to stay in the water, but keep the other body parts afloat to soak up some of that heat.
Aside from using noodles for their obvious uses…
you can actually get really creative with these soft styrofoamy little gadgets. They not only keep you afloat in the water, but become little work horses keeping your beverages adrift. We featured the below idea using pool noodles to accessorize your sunning experience on our Facebook Tip of the Day.
Find out how to make this cute little beverage boat from Instructables
Although summer noodling is our preference, we discovered that pool noodles aren’t just for summer and pools. In our search for alternate uses, we found some ingenious people bending, twisting, cutting and taping them into creative and functional uses. Check out what we found!
RV NOW protects you or the kiddies from running into the king-pin housing on your 5th-wheel…
Nestled among other upcycling ideas at Easy Homestead, this noodle protects little hands from getting smooshed.
Andy-pandy, Jacky-dandy uses her noodles as a bed rail to keep little ones from falling out of bed when traveling…
Lifehacker searches the net for great ideas. They found this idea of a half-noodle to protect your car doors.
Upcycling and recycling blog, Oh! Rubbish!, found this great safety idea to cover your saw blades
I’ve done this in my own closet and it works! You Are Talking Too Much has lots of thrifty organizing ideas.
Paddle Fishing asked it’s readers how they use pool noodles – check out some great uses for fishing/camping.
Family Home and Life, who shares thrifty and frugal ideas, came up with some really clever household uses.
What have you done with your noodles? Go grab yourself a few at the Dollar Store, get creative, and start hackin’ those puppies up – then send us your pics and we’ll post them!
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