How to Create Fun Patriotic Lights

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30 Minutes

Today, I have an exciting project to share with you that will add a dash of patriotic flair to your upcoming 4th of July festivities.

Prepare to be amazed as we transform an ordinary pool noodle into a stunning piece of outdoor decor that will have your neighbors talking.

This red, white, and blue craft is perfect for those who want to showcase their patriotic spirit while adding a touch of creativity to their outdoor spaces. So, grab a pool noodle and let's embark on this DIY adventure together!

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1. Gather Materials

To start this patriotic themed craft, gather the following materials:

  • Red or dark pink pool noodle
  • White athletic tape
  • Blue duct tape
  • Star stickers
  • Firecracker-looking lights (available on Amazon)
  • Dollar Store broom handle

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Red white and blue crafts with a pool noodle

2. Mark the Lines with White Athletic Tape

Take the red or dark pink pool noodle and use the white athletic tape to create lines from the bottom of the noodle up to several inches from the top. Try to make the lines as straight as possible, but don't worry if they're not perfect. You can always adjust them later.

Cut strips of white athletic tape

3. Cut the Tape and Create Stripes

Using scissors, cut off the top of the white athletic tape.

Applying white athletic tape to create stripes on the pool noodle

Repeat this step to make several lines with the athletic tape around the pool noodle, leaving a red strip in between each white one. This will give your decoration a patriotic striped look.

Wrap the pool noodle with a piece of blue duct tape

4. Wrap the Top with Blue Duct Tape

Now, take the blue duct tape and wrap it all around the top of the pool noodle, covering up the top of the white stripes. This will create the blue section of your patriotic lights.

Decorating the pool noodle with star stickers for a patriotic touch

5. Add Star Stickers

To add an extra touch of patriotism, place star stickers around the blue section of the pool noodle. You can create a pattern or randomly distribute the stars. Let your creativity shine!

A pack of firework lights

6. Insert the Lights

Now it's time to give your patriotic lights a dazzling effect.

Pool noodle crafts

Take firework lights and place them in the hole at the top of the pool noodle. If the lights don't fit, you can take the battery pack to the back of the noodle.

Inserting the lights into the pool noodle to create a dazzling effect

Use the cover from the battery compartments as a guide to create the correct size hole to slip them into.

Trace around the battery box

Adjust the hole size by tracing around the battery pack with a pen.

Fourth of July craft

Then, use a utility knife to cut it out.  Be careful while cutting it out to ensure a proper fit for the lights.

Taking apart a broom and the handle

7. Prepare the Broom Handle

To provide stability for your patriotic lights once they are set up outside, dismantle a Dollar Store broom and

Outdoor patriotic decor

Keep the handle and set aside the brush for future projects.

Patriotic crafts

8. Set Up the Lights

Using a rubber mallet, pound the broom handle into the ground to create a sturdy base for your lights.

Securing the pool noodle onto the broom handle for outdoor setup

Then, slide the pool noodle onto the broom handle.

Finally, insert the battery pack and lights into the hole you cut at the top of the pool noodle.

Patriotic themed outdoor decor

Here is what the lights looked like when I was done setting them up.  

4th of July lights

Here is the final masterpiece; a gorgeous 4th of July decoration using a humble pool noodle. These look gorgeous during the day and even better at night!

Now, it's your turn to showcase your creativity! I invite you to share your red, white, and blue crafted lamps with us in the comments. Whether you've added your own unique twists, experimented with different materials, or discovered creative uses for these patriotic lights, I want to see it all.

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For more patriotic projects you can easily make at home, check out these 4th of July decorations and Memorial Day crafts.

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  • Zenia Zenia on Jul 02, 2022

    These are so great! I made some and get many compliments from stoppers-by! Great and inexpensive little project to help ring in The 4th of July! Thanks for sharing! ๐ŸŽ† ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

  • Marlene Torres Marlene Torres on Jul 07, 2022

    I think these could also work for Christmas, instead styling them into Candy Cane sticks?

    Even bending the tops into a cane shape should work. Thoughts??

  • Andrea Sudbeck Andrea Sudbeck on Apr 13, 2023

    will spray paint flake off the pool noodle?

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