You can make a million different kinds of wreaths using a pool noodle as a form. Here is a tutorial for making a DIY pool noodle wreath form.
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How to Make a Pool Noodle Wreath Form
You can make a million different kinds of wreaths using a pool noodle as a form.
From Christmas wreaths to a Unicorn wreath, a Halloween wreath, or a Summer Flipflop wreath.
Why Use a Pool Noodle?
Using a pool noodle solves problems in several ways.
They’re easy to come by.
Check your local dollar store or order a few from Amazon any time of year!
Pool noodles are hard to physically recycle, so this is a method of recycling that works.
Foam wreath forms aren’t terribly expensive at Hobby Lobby or Michaels, but if you have a pool noodle around already, you won’t have to spend anything!
And at the dollar store, guess what? Pool noodles are probably a dollar, at least for the smaller ones. 😉
At Amazon, you can get heavier, larger pool noodles that work very well for wreaths, and don’t cost too much.
Here are the ones I used for this post:
Check out our other post for the different types of pool noodles you can buy.
If you already have a pool noodle, you are well on your way to creating your own form.
While putting together this post for you to show you how to make your own pool noodle wreath, I ended up making two of them.
I really did use both of them, too.
I’ll link to those projects here as soon as I finish the tutorials showing what I made with the orange and white noodle forms.
I thought I’d better show you how to make the form first, so here are your directions.
Wreath Form Tutorial
Here is a tutorial for making a DIY pool noodle wreath form.
A pool noodle
Scissors or a knife
Choose a pool noodle color.
You can see from the photos below that I have made more than one of these wreath forms.
I used the orange one for a fall wreath and the white one for a snowman wreath.
You’ll note that I used a color noodle that was appropriate for my project.
If you’re covering the noodle completely, it really won’t matter about the color.
Make sure your pool noodle will be the right size for your project.
Circle it around and measure the diameter if you know the size you’re wanting.
Or just eyeball it.
A 52″ pool noodle will make a wreath that is approximately 18″ diameter from outside edge to outside edge, depending on the amount you cut off the ends.
That’s the size I usually use for my wreath projects.
A larger noodle will make of larger wreath and you can use a smaller noodle for a smaller wreath, of course.
Read all of the cutting instructions.
You want to be sure the ends come together the right way.
Cut the ends of the noodle at an angle so that they fit together nicely.
This will make the “seam” of the noodle wreath a little stronger than if you tried to put it together with flat ends.
Measure 1″ from the end of the noodle.
Cut at an angle from there to the end of the noodle.
Before you proceed to the other end, pull the noodle around with ends facing each other and note which way the other end will need to be cut.
Make the same cut at the opposite end, making sure you go the opposite direction, allowing the two ends to overlap and fit together like this photo shows.
The video below will show you how to do all of this.
Using duct tape, you will attach the ends together making a circle.
First, cut two or three pieces of duct tape, about 10″ long. Lay them out on a table.
If you are doing this alone like I did, it can be a challenge to hold the noodle and tape it at the same time.
So, if you can find a little help, two more hands will be nice!
I cut the tape and laid it out on the table so I could more easily tape up the noodle.
Sometimes, if your noodle is not wanting to bend, you just need to manipulate it just a little.
Work with it, bend it back and forth until it’s a little more pliable.
Some noodles may be a little tighter, less “bendy” than others.
Lay the noodle onto the end of the tape while holding the ends in position.
Begin rolling the noodle onto the tape to get it started, then you’ll have to let go with one hand and continue wrapping the tape around the connection.
If you have a helper, simply have them hold the noodle ends together while you tape up the connection.
Press the tape on firmly to be sure it will hold.
And there you have it!
Your own DIY pool noodle wreath form ready for you to decorate any way you choose.
Here are some video instructions for making a pool noodle wreath form.
At the end, you’ll see what NOT to do. Hint: Cut noodle, THEN cut tape.
What kind of pool noodle wreath will you make?
Are you ready?
So, what are you thinking?
Are you going to try making a pool noodle form for your next wreath?
It’s a really easy project and you’ll have fun doing it, I promise!
If you find a way to recycle or repurpose your pool noodles, show us a photo on Instagram with #diynoodles or share your photo on our Facebook page.