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How to Make an Inexpensive Wreath Form Using a Pool Noodle

If you’re looking for a cheap DIY wreath form, here’s how you can make a wreath from a pool noodle!

How to make a wreath form out of a pool noodle

I’ve had “yarn wreath” on my to-do list forever, but I’ve been putting off the  project for two reasons:

1. It looks like a lot of piddly work
2. Foam wreaths are friggin’ expensive, 40% off coupon or not

See, I’m cheap as well as lazy.

I had seen a tip for making a wreath from that pipe insulation stuff, but when I went to Canadian Tire to fiddle with the foam insulation it kept bending and kinking weird, no matter what I did.  The trip was not wasted though, because I grabbed plan B:  a pool noodle, which only cost a couple of dollars.  Here’s how to make a wreath from a pool noodle!

Supplies for Making a Wreath from a Pool Noodle:

  • Pool noodle (check dollar store, Wal-mart, Canadian Tire – mine was $2)
  • Gel epoxy or construction adhesive (I use gel epoxy for everything around the house)
  • Clear packing tape or duct tape

I decided to use the length as-is for a large, statement-making wreath.  If you’d like a smaller wreath, just trim some off the ends.  I formed the pool into a circle and Hubby applied some of the LePage Gel Epoxy we used for the agate necklaces.  Then I taped the seam with clear packing tape, which was thin enough not to create a bulgy mess, but it held the noodle while the epoxy set.  I let it dry for a day, although the epoxy should really set in minutes.  Spoiler alert: the pool noodle made a perfect foam wreath replacement, for less than $2.00.  It never sagged or drooped and lasted through in climate weather on my front door too.

A pool noodle foam wreath tutorial

And that’s how to make a wreath from a pool noodle – it’s so easy!  It seems I am totally obsessed with orange.  Orange shirt, orange dress.  I also have orange flip flops.  Now I have an orange wreath base.

How to make a wreath form out of a pool noodle

If you’re curious, here’s the super cute and only somewhat scary, Halloween yarn wreath I made with this pool noodle as my wreath base.

How to Make a Wreath from a Pool Noodle



  1. Vintage Market Place
    August 9, 2012 / 2:57 pm

    lol, love that you show yourself in reality!Can't wait to see the reveal.What a fun project 🙂 and so smart.Those pool tube clearance out this time of year for almost nothing.Amy

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      August 9, 2012 / 5:29 pm

      Yup, I'm trying to keep it real. But really, I was just to lazy to change, lol.

  2. Grace @ Sense and Simplicity
    August 9, 2012 / 4:00 pm

    That's a genius idea. I"ll have to keep that in mind as a wreath base. Love all the orange happening.By the way, do we get to know what you are studying in Hungary?

  3. Kathleen
    August 9, 2012 / 4:13 pm

    I love the idea of the pool noodle as a wreath base. I'm going to have to purchase one now while I can find them for a wreath later in the fall.My casual around the house clothes received a comment from my 20 year old son yesterday. I had to run out to Kinkos and send a fax. I left in orange knit capris and a gray t-shirt with my hair up in a knot and black slide on sandals. Normally these clothes don't leave the house except for walking the dog. Anyway I was told that I'm not allowed out in public looking like that again. As he put it, I looked like I had been cleaning the house for 10 hours!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      August 9, 2012 / 5:28 pm

      Oooo, orange capris you say? They sound perfect to pair with my orange tee and flip flops! I have found myself popping out every now and then, like to the hardware store, in my "home clothes" and am trying to avoid getting into that habit or it's a slippery slope to ending up on What Not to Wear!

  4. Amy
    August 9, 2012 / 4:39 pm

    Oh what a great idea!! I, too, love the look of these yarn wreaths but have yet to make the plunge! Can't wait to see the reveal 🙂

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      August 9, 2012 / 5:29 pm

      I hope you tackle one too! Get a noodle now, while you can 😉

  5. Christine
    August 9, 2012 / 6:08 pm

    Thanks for the reminder to pick up a pool noodle!! I made a yarn wreath last year for autumn and within minutes of hanging it, the hook unstuck from the door and the wreath form cracked in half. I still haven't recovered enough to try one again. lolCan't wait to see your wreath- you have such great taste so I'm sure it will be fabulous!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      August 9, 2012 / 10:11 pm

      Awww, thanks 🙂

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      August 9, 2012 / 10:11 pm

      It's a good tip, except I actually think the gel epoxy works better because when she used the hot glue, it didn't hold and she needed the duct tape. The tape on mine is only a backup – the epoxy held the ends together with no problem (it's a much stronger hold). Also, the packing tape is thinner and is more easily hidden. I didn't opt for duct tape because it's thicker and a bit bulgy. But it works for her wreath because the moss is super forgiving.But her idea works for folks who don't have gel epoxy on hand. Thanks for sharing!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      August 9, 2012 / 10:15 pm

      Oh, but I should say her idea of using wood dowel to hold the ends together is smart!

  6. Caitlin @ Desert Domicile
    August 9, 2012 / 11:09 pm

    I've had "make a yarn wreath" on my to-do list since last Christmas but agree with you that foam forms are expensive so thanks for the pool noodle tip! I'll have to stock up before the summer ends 🙂

  7. Erin
    August 10, 2012 / 1:40 am

    Hey, you even had a bit of a "trick-or-treat" theme going with your orange and black outfit 🙂 Can't wait to see how the wreath turns out. And thanks for the reminder to stock up on pool noodles before they're gone for the year.

  8. Whitney @ drab to fab design
    August 10, 2012 / 12:32 pm

    I've heard about pool noodles as well; let us know how it turns out!!

  9. Melissa@TheHappierHomemaker
    August 12, 2012 / 2:09 am

    Thanks for posting this, I'm in the midst of trying to prep twelve pool noodles into wreaths for a crafting party and having trouble making them stay circular…I'm going to try your method. Melissa

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      August 12, 2012 / 3:48 am

      Tricky! Mine seems to like staying round. Perhaps making them a touch smaller might help? Good luck!!

  10. Twigs and Twirls
    August 12, 2012 / 10:21 pm

    OMG you just solved my problem (yes i seen the noodle used before but do you think I would remember in my time of need???) I needed a larger wreath form for a project and dreaded having to buy one. I have noodles in the shed that are brand new. Yeah !!! Thanks for the nudge.

  11. How2home
    August 13, 2012 / 2:10 pm

    this is such a great idea! love this! can't wait to see how you will be decorating with the noodle 🙂

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