How to Make Pool Noodle Sailboats: A Fun & Economical Activity With Kids! by Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds

Summer just got more fun with this easy and economical pool noodle sailboat craft! You'll need:

  • pool noodle 
  • barbecue skewers
  • colorful craft foam 
  • scissors
  • waterproof decorative tape 
  • waterproof markers
  • Styrofoam balls

How to make it:

  1.  Parents only: Using a knife, cut a 12-inch section of a pool noodle. Cut section in half lengthwise to create a hull of a sailboat. You can cut the front into a triangle shape if you like.
  2. Cut various shapes from colorful craft foam - triangles, squares, circles - to create sails. Thread sails onto a barbecue skewer you use as a mast.
  3. Place mast into pool noodle, pointed side down. You can cover the top of the skewer with a Styrofoam ball (kids over age 3).
  4. Let kids decorate using waterproof tape or markers.
  5. Set sail at the beach, pool or even the bathtub!
Donna John
We have some old pool noodles we're about to throw away. Think they may get a new life now! Thanks for sharing this great idea, Elisa All 30SecondMom!
Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds
Thanks, Donna John! They're so fun to make - even my 17-year-old daughter had fun putting them together with me yesterday for the Windy City Live segment we shared them on. Have fun!
Pam McCormick
Fun! We are going to do this before summer ends. Thanks for the great tip.

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