4 Fabulous 4th of July Pool Noodle Ideas

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30 Minutes
On a recent trip to Target, we discovered blue star-shaped pool noodles. With the 4th of July right around the corner, it looked like the perfect shape to upcycle into patriotic decor.

These are so simple that you can buy a noodle today and be party ready in a very short amount of time! Take a look.
What do I spy? Those star-shaped noodles look fun!
We also picked up some red, white, and blue supplies from the Dollar Spot at Target. We also purchased some fun wired star garland from Joann Fabric and Craft.
We used a miter box and saw to cut the pool noodle to the various lengths we needed. You can also do this with a serrated knife. The miter box helped to make nice straight cuts. Do you have a bread slicer guide? That would work as well.
Idea 1: We made a centerpiece with three lengths of pool noodle. I put a bit of tissue down into the hole so when the flags were inserted they would sit up above the noodle just a bit. A small square of tissue paper finishes it up. We put it on a blue plate and then wrapped a bit of wired sparkly garland around the base.
Idea 2: We cut up a bunch of 1/4" thick slices to add a little fun to a set of LED string lights.
These are LED so they don't produce a lot of heat. We feel comfortable temporarily using the stars on these color changing App Lights. The stars can also be pushed on further so they sit on the wire rather than the bulb. These lights can be programmed for any holiday or season. Look for them at The Home Depot in the seasonal decoration department after Halloween.
Idea 3: We cut nine 3/4" thick slices to create a festive garland. The stars are separated with drink coasters and flags. I used a large needle and thin wire to string all the slices together.
The coasters and flags are simply taped onto the wire. Working with the garland upside down made this step really simple!
A little sparkly garland and small tea lights placed in the center and the garland is ready to be put into place!
Idea 4: Hotdog holders! We cut the pool noodle into 6 1/2" lengths.
To make the noodle stand up we used toothpicks to create little "legs."
We used food-safe basket liners cut to size to use between the noodle and hotdog. Now we have a fun place to display and serve hotdogs!
Let the party begin!
Got all our supplies and headed home to make!
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