Make Giant Pool Noodle Pencils for Less Than $5


Are you looking for a fun and affordable DIY project that can add a touch of whimsy to your backyard, classroom, or event? Giant pool noodle pencils are a great way to express your creativity while staying within budget. These oversized pencils can be used as décor, photo props, or even as playful additions to any outdoor space. In this article, we will show you how to create these eye-catching giant pool noodle pencils for less than $5.

Materials Needed:

1. Pool noodles (various colors)

2. Foam sheets (EVA foam)

3. Duct tape or heavy-duty packing tape

4. Craft knife

5. Scissors

6. Marker or pencil

7. Ruler

8. Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Step-by-Step Guide:

Step 1: Select and Cut the Pool Noodles

Choose pool noodles in colors that resemble typical pencil colors such as yellow, green, or even multicolored ones for a fun twist. Using your craft knife, carefully cut the pool noodles to your desired length. Remember that these will represent the body of your giant pencil.

Step 2: Create the Pencil Tip

To make the tip of the pencil, use scissors to cut a small foam sheet into a triangle shape with a base width slightly wider than the diameter of the pool noodle you’ll be using. Wrap the triangle around one end of the pool noodle and secure it in place using duct tape or heavy-duty packing tape.

Step 3: Add the Graphite Lead

Take another piece of foam sheet and cut a small circle with a diameter similar to that of the pool noodle end wrapped in the triangle-shaped foam sheet. This will become your graphite lead for your pencil. Use hot glue to attach this circle on top of the triangular foam sheet tip.

Step 4: Craft the Metal Ferrule

Cut a strip of foam sheet long enough to wrap entirely around the pool noodle and about three inches wide. This strip will represent the metal ferrule found on standard pencils. Take your ruler and marker and draw diagonal lines across the foam strip to resemble the ridges often seen on pencil ferrules. Attach it to the end opposite the pencil tip using hot glue, making sure it is securely in place.

Step 5: Construct the Eraser

To create your eraser, cut a foam square slightly larger than the diameter of your pool noodle. Glue this square to the end covered by the metal ferrule foam strip creating a flush finish that resembles a real pencil eraser.

Step 6: Finishing Touches

For added realism, use a marker to draw subtle lines along your noodle’s length, mimicking the indentations found in traditional wooden pencils.

Final Thoughts:

There you have it! In just six simple steps, you’ve created unique giant pool noodle pencils for less than $5. This affordable and fun project can add an element of creativity and playfulness to any space or just serve as a conversation starter at your next gathering. The possibilities are endless with personal touches and variations on this design. Happy crafting!