How to Craft a Rustic Pool Noodle Ottoman: Easy DIY Project

Mitch Couch
by Mitch Couch

Hi there Hometalkers!

I have another quick, practical, and stylish project for you today.

I am going to show you how to create a rustic pool noodle ottoman using just a few materials and simple techniques.

This post was transcribed by a member of the Hometalk editorial team from the original HometalkTV episode.

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DIY with pool noodles

1. Stack and Secure the Pool Noodles

Let's kick off this project by bringing those pool noodles together.

Form a ring with the pool noodle

Grab your dollar store pool noodles and use duct tape to hold the ends together, forming rings.

Stacking pool noodle rings

Stack these rings to your desired height; three rings worked perfectly for me, but feel free to adjust based on your preferences.

Cut smaller pieces from the pool noodle

2. Cut and Stack Additional Noodles

Next up, it's time to cut additional pool noodles to fit snugly inside the stacked rings.

Pool noodle ideas

You want them to be level with the top.

How to cut pool noodles

Pro tip: a serrated knife makes cutting through pool noodles a breeze – it's like cutting through butter!

Fitting cut pool noodles inside the rings

Stack these cut noodles inside the rings, starting from the outside and working your way in.

Covering the pool noodle ottoman with duct tape to secure the structure

3. Secure with Duct Tape and Hot Glue

Once all the pool noodles are snugly in place, use duct tape to cover the entire structure, ensuring everything stays put.

Dollar store pool noodle project

Then, add a dab of hot glue in the center and start wrapping the rope around the ottoman.

Take your time with this step – it's a bit slow at the beginning, but it picks up pace as you go.

Wrapping rope around the ottoman

4. Complete the Wrapping Process

Continue wrapping the rope around the ottoman, covering the entire structure.

Don't worry about any seams where the ropes meet; they add character to your creation!

Wrap the rope from the center and work outward

Once you've covered the ottoman completely, trim any excess rope and secure the end with hot glue.

Looking for more ways to get creative with pool noodles?

Check out this inspiring guide on crafting a stylish headboard using pool noodles – perfect for adding a unique touch to your bedroom decor.

Finished pool noodle ottoman

Pool Noodle Hacks: DIY Ottoman

And there you have it – your very own pool noodle ottoman! Strong, stylish, and oh-so-easy to make.

Feel free to experiment with different heights and designs, or even add a splash of color with patterned duct tape. The possibilities are endless!

I hope this tutorial has inspired you to embark on your own pool noodle crafting adventure. Give it a try and let your creativity flow!

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  • Happy Days Hometalker Happy Days Hometalker on Mar 12, 2024
    Love it, so much lighter to move around than a tire!
  • Marty Ayers Marty Ayers on Mar 14, 2024
    This would be great for a kid's room... I do have a concern about using only hot glue to hold the rope/twine... I would use the hot glue to start the coil on the top but would use a brush and apply a good quality craft glue like Aleene's Tacky Glue to permanently hold the rope or twine to the duct tape surface.... hot glue can peel away after a length of time... I would only apply enough glue (at one time) for 3 or 4 circuits of the rope/twine and add more glue as you proceed... so the glue does not dry out too soon.
    • Marty Ayers Marty Ayers on Mar 14, 2024
      Also.... with some of the new colored and printed / patterned Duct Tapes... you could just leave the ottoman with that as the covering.