Saturday, June 7, 2014

New Use For Pool Noodles

Since we finally sold our house and moved to a new state I haven't had much time to build or create.  Mostly it's a space issue since I don't have a garage or workshop.  But I did come up with some good tips that I thought I would share.

While packing to move I needed something to protect all my fragile antique frames and framed photographs.  I went to the store and found thick heavy foam corners for protection.  I thought they were a bit spendy, $8 for one set, and I had some oval frames for which they would be useless.  So I came up with my own plan.

I tried to think of how I could make my own and save money.  I had seen dollar store pool noodles used for various things in the past and thought they seemed like the perfect idea.   So I went to the store and bought $8 dollars worth, which would go much farther than the 4 little corners I had previously bought.

I cut a slit down the middle and just tucked them over the edges of the frames.

I was even able to wrap them around my oval frames and tape them in place...wish I had taken a photo. Then I packed them in boxes in a vertical position.  This also allowed me to use them as spacers around fragile art I had created.

In the end I bought more than 20 pool noodles and used them all in my move.  They were perfect protectors and spacers.


  1. Great idea!
    So I have to ask, since you are sooooo creative what are you thinking about in terms of space to create?! You cant quit!!!

  2. Thank you Debra. I really need a garage or shop to build in. We just downsized from a 3400sf house with a 2 story garage to an 850sf house with no garage so its a pretty tight squeeze. I am designing a garage/shop combo now.