Today I want to show you how to turn an ordinary pool noodle into some fun and crazy holiday décor. You can see more of my crazy creations here
To start this project, you're going to need a red or dark pink pool noodle.
Next, you want to use some white athletic tape and make a line from the bottom of the pool noodle up to several inches from the top. Try to get it as straight as you can, but you can easily adjust it later if it’s not super straight.
Cut off the top of the tape using scissors.
You will want to make several of these lines with the athletic tape around the pool noodle. Remember to leave a red strip in between each white one.
Now that the stripes are on, you want to use some blue duct tape and wrap it all around the top of the pool noodle. Be sure to cover up the top of the white stripes.
Once the top of the noodle is covered with blue tape, take some star stickers and place them around the blue section. You can make a design or pattern, or you can just put them all over randomly.
To add some lights to the patriotic lamps, I ordered a firecracker-looking set from Amazon.
You will want to utilize the hole at the top of the pool noodle for the lights. If your lights will not fit into the top of the noodle, you can take the battery pack to the back of the pool noodle.
I used the cover from the battery compartments to make the correct size hole to slip them into.
Using a pen, I traced the battery cover.
Then, I used a utility knife to cut it out.
To give the firecracker lights some stability once they are outside, I took apart a Dollar Store broom.
I only needed the handle so I put the end pieces aside for another project.
Now it was time to set up the lights outside. I used a rubber mallet to pound the broom handle into the ground so it was nice and sturdy.
Next, I slid the pool noodle right onto the broom handle.
Finally, I popped the battery pack and lights into the hole that I cut at the top of the pool noodle.
Here is what the lights looked like when I was done setting them up.
They look even better at night! I hope this inspires you to make some firecrackers of your own again.
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