how to make pool noodle wreath and save you money
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I would love to have a different wreath for my front door to match the seasons. I like making my own wreaths, but sometimes the foam forms can get expensive. I saw on Pinterest that many people make their own forms out of pool noodles. Genius! How hard could it be to make a pool noodle wreath?

Find a Pool Noodle

Well, the hardest part for me was finding a pool noodle! Yes, we have a bunch in our toy box by the pool, but we actually paid more than $1 for them this year and I wasn’t willing to sacrifice one of them. Since I was making this pool noodle wreath in the off-season (not the summertime), I couldn’t find a pool noodle anywhere! My husband had a brilliant suggestion. He said foam pipe insulation is a lot like a pool noodle, so that should work for what I’m trying to do.

I found this 4-pack of 1/2-inch Foam Pipe Insulation for $2.97 at Home Depot. These were cut in 3-foot lengths, so I can get FOUR foam wreath forms for under $3! That’s even cheaper than a pool noodle! The only other thing I need to make my pool noodle wreath was some duct tape. Are you ready to make this super cheap wreath form?

Bend it!

foam wreath bend

Since your foam (pool noodle or pipe insulation) is used to being straight, you have the train is to go in a circle. To do this, you just need to bend it. I had a little one help you you just how easy it is. Just bend it one way and another, being careful not to make creases or kinks.

foam wreath curl

You can even wrap it up in a spiral, anything to get the foam used to being in a circle. Once you have retrained your foam, you are ready to put it all together.

Tape it!

foam wreath done

Take a piece of duct tape (long enough to go all the way around the foam) and with the foam ends up against each other, tape it together. You may need a second pair of hands for this one. That is it! You now have a perfectly circular foam wreath that cost you a fraction of the cost of a pre-made foam form.

It is SO Cheap

foam wreath hob lob

I wanted to break down the numbers so you can really see how much money you’re saving by making this yourself. The 4-pack of foam pipe insulation cost $2.97 (that’s $0.74 per wreath). Now, if you have a Dollar Tree pool noodle, you can get about 4 foam wreaths out of one (so that would only be $0.25 per wreath)! I price foam forms at Hobby Lobby and the cheapest one I could find was $5.99. On Amazon, the cheapest I could find was almost $12!

If, like me, you are wanting to make a variety of wreaths for your home or even as gifts, making your own pool noodle wreath (or foam pipe wreath) is definitely the way to go.

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If you are looking for wreath ideas, check out my Spring Wreath. Making your own pool noodle wreath would make this project even cheaper than it already is! Love the burlap wreath in the picture? Don’t worry – I’ll be showing you how to make that later this week. 🙂

Do you make your own wreaths? I would love to see your ideas. I am always looking for new inspiration for my front door.

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