Last week some of my thought processes were
along the lines of:
"I wish I had something tall to go on either side
of the picture on the mantle for summer."
" I wish I had a unique decorative item
made out of pool noodles to enter into
Then the thought came into MY noodle (brain)
to combine both of those needs
together and make mini-nautical log pilings
out of cut pool noodles to go on the beach-y mantle.
The Dollar Tree was my source for cheap noodles
and for wood-looking adhesive paper to cover them.
Six noodles and three rolls of adhesive covering were
used to make these faux pilings.
The noodles were surprizingly easy to cut even
with a kitchen bread knife.
The original plan was to group five lengths of noodles
into one piling bundle but it worked out that making
two groups of three noodles on each side was better.
Working on mantle item placement
For the size of adhesive covering that I had, it took
1/2 of the width to cover a noodle.
The wood-grain covering stuck on the noodle well and
will hopefully last through the summer but I'm not
optimistic about long-term viability. The stick-ability
even survived me painting the covering with thinned
out neutral shades of paint to make it match my brick.
If you paint yours too, be sure to thin the paint enough
that the wood grain will still show through.
The tops of my pilings won't be visible to anyone unless
they are on a ladder but I experimented with cutting out
"knots" in the adhesive covering to cover up the noodle end.
Here I did a trial run with the logs to show what the
pilings would look like if you like the natural wood
look and not the painted version.
Being bundled with rope made the noodles easy
to stand up but if you are going to make these
to be outside, be aware that they are very lightweight.
Except for the noodles that I tried covering the ends,
none of the others of mine are finished off 'cause
you and me are the only ones who will see the
green foam of the pool noodle from up here
on a ladder taking photos for close-ups.
I am sharing this re-purposing of the pool noodles
over at Celebrating Everyday Life magazine
submission blog party for the issue that comes
out in early summer of 2013.