How to Make a DIY Faux Stone Column Using Pool Noodles

Alicia W
by Alicia W
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Pool noodles are sold everywhere now that it's summer and depending on where you shop, you can purchase them for only $1.

Here is a unique idea to make a decorative DIY faux stone column using those inexpensive pool noodles.

Concrete forms

Tools and materials

Along with 9 pool noodles, you will also need an 8" concrete form, duct tape, caulk, contact cement, spray paint, and two pieces of 12"x12" wood.

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Cutting the pool noodle in half

1. Cut the pool noodles in half

Begin by cutting six of your pool noodles in half lengthwise.

Wrapping a pool noodle around the form

2. Measure and mark the pool noodles

On your cement form, measure from one end 5" and make a mark around the entire circumference of the cement form.

On the opposite end, measure down 3" and make a mark around the circumference of the cement form.

Lay one cut pool noodle on the form, curving it around.

Draw a line along the edge of the pool noodle. This will give you a starting point when you apply the noodles to the cement form.

Applying contact cement

3. Apply contact cement

Brush each cut side of the pool noodles with contact cement. Brush the entire cement form with contact cement. Allow both to dry for at least 4 hours.

When they are dry, they will not feel sticky; however, they will stick to each other.

Sticking pool noodles to the form

4. Stick the pool noodles to the form

Using the marker line, lay your first noodle along that line on the cement form. It won't stick immediately so you have time to make adjustments.

Once you are happy with the placement of the first noodle, continue to lay the cut noodles, cut side down, side by side, spiraling around the cement form.

5. Cut the ends of the pool noodles

The noodles will be bigger than the form so cut the noodles to fit inside your measurements.

Wrapping pool noodles aroud the end

6. Make the round ends

To make the round ends, bend an uncut noodle around the bottom of the cement form. Cut the noodle ends until it fits snuggly around the cement form.

Pool noodle hoops

When you have the correct size of the round end, duct tape the ends of the uncut noodle together.

You will need to make three round ends/rings - two using the same size noodles as you used on the column and one larger.

Placing the rings on the ends

Place the rings on the ends of the column. One end should have two rings and one end should have one ring.

Outline the circumference of each end ring onto the 12"x12" wooden pieces.

Apply contact cement inside the circumference marks on the wood. Apply contact cement onto the bottom of each end ring. Allow to dry for at least 4 hours.

Applying caulk in the gaps

7. Apply caulk

Place the end ring onto the wood pieces. This is your top and bottom.

Apply caulk where each piece of noodle meets the next piece of noodle. Apply caulk where the round piece of noodle meets the wooden piece.

Smoothing the caulk

As you are applying the caulk, wet your finger and smooth out the caulk lines. Continue to caulk the entire column.

Allow to dry.

Applying texture spray to the column

8. Apply texture spray

Apply texture spray onto the column.

Using a cloth, pat the texture spray so it is lying flat against the noodles.

Allow to dry.

Applying primer before paint

9. Spray primer

Spray the entire column with primer. Allow to dry.

Spray-painting the column

10. Spray-paint the column

Spray the entire column with "stone" spray paint. Allow to dry.

If you are using the column outside, apply a sealant.

DIY faux stone column

DIY faux stone column

Use your new "stone" column in your decorating.

The column is very lightweight so if you use it outside where it's windy, you may have to place some type of weight in the bottom before you attach the 12"x12" wooden piece.

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  • Bil48548880 Bil48548880 on Mar 11, 2022

    Could this method also be used on those ugly basement posts? I’ve recently purchased a home with a semi finished basement. Looking for ways to cover those up but still look cool. May be an option.

  • Art a Real  Talent llc Art a Real Talent llc on Dec 10, 2022

    When you apply the cement does the pool noodles ahere to the tube immediately?

  • Laura Laura on Mar 15, 2023

    You certainly are an imaginative woman. Looks great.

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  • Elizabeth Terrazas Elizabeth Terrazas on Jun 02, 2023

    Wow, that came out amazing!

  • Kar52795798 Kar52795798 on Mar 04, 2024

    wonderful but it is also doesn't weigh anything

    • Reneesbreaud Reneesbreaud on Apr 01, 2024

      Just add something like small rocks or pea gravel to the concrete form before attaching the top. I would buy a small bag of grouting mix... mix enough to pour into the bottom of the concrete form to get the weight you want. Let the grout harden overnight then attach the top.