How to make a homemade pool float

Pool Float DIY Ideas: How to make a homemade pool float?

When we talk about pool accessories, non-inflatable pool floats can be considered as perfect pool accessories and can also be classified as alternatives to standard inflatable pool floats. Unlike normal inflatable pool floats, these non-inflatable pool floats are way more robust. Also, they save you from the hassle of filling them with air every single time. What makes this pool floats unique is that they usually come in a variety of different sizes, shapes, and colors which makes it easier for you to find one that suits you best. Also, these non-inflatable pool floats are highly durable. This is because they are made of dyed acrylic fiber, which makes this non-inflatable pool floats durable for a longer period. 

But buying a pool float can sometimes cost you an arm and a leg. A normal mid-range pool float costs you somewhere between 70 dollars to 110 dollars. Now, these are just the ones that are above average. They are just your everyday average pool float which does not offer you any additional comfort. If you lower your range, there is a higher chance that the quality and durability of the product may have been compromised. And if you go for a product offering you maximum comfort level will surely cost you an arm and a leg. And if for whatever reasons your expensive pool floats get ripped, deformed, it gets too difficult to replace given the expensive price tag it has on itself. But, there’s an alternative to this entire situation. If you do it right, you can make a homemade pool float all by yourself. 

Following are some of the ideas, which if you follow correctly can help you make a pool float all by yourself. You can customize your float in any way you want by adding amenities of your choice. Cut out any position and make it personalized just the way you want it to be.

1- Pool Noodle Chair float:

If you love lounging around the pool on a hot summer afternoon, then it is important to have one sound flotation device at your disposal for proper pool lounging. Now, as the topic suggests, spending a huge sum of money on a pool float is not an option here, but at the same time, we also cannot compromise on the comfort as well. To make this all work properly, follow the following steps, and once you’re done, you will have a noodle chair float for your kid.

Things you need:

  • Scissors
  • Mesh laundry bags
  • Pool noodles
  • Zip ties

Steps to follow:

Follow the following steps to make a pool noodle float for your child

  • Step#1:
    Bend a pool noodle in half and cut it in a way that it forms two pieces of equal length.
  • Step#2:
    From here on, zip tie one end of the pool noodle by keeping it perpendicular to one end of a short pool noodle.
  • Step#3:
    Once you do it,  bend the pool noodle and zip tie to the other end of the shorter pool noodle.
  • Step#4:
    After that, flip it over and zip tie the other short pool noodle to the opposite side.
  • Step#5:
    After that, pull all the zip ties tight and cut out the excess plastic. When doing so, trim as neatly as you can so that you may avoid any sharp edges or points.
  • Step#6:
    Then, remove the tie string from your mesh laundry bag. 
  • Step#7:
    Simply fold the mesh bag in half longways and cover one of the short pool noodles
  • Step#8:
    Then, simply string your zip ties through your mesh fabric. Once you do it, then connect around the curved edge of the pool. Pull it tightly and arrange it in a way that mesh can act as a seat.
  • Step#9:
    By now, your pool noodle chair is complete. Make sure your legs are completely draped over the short pool noodle section. The chair however will be submerged in water but will keep you floating all day long.

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2- Pool noodle float strip:

If you love making DIY projects, then you would love making Pool floaty toys with pool noodles. Not only is it fun and super easy to make, but this pool float also serves a dual purpose. It can either be used as a float, as well as a toy. The pool float which we are going to make next is super easy to make and is made with pool noodles and rope. Follow the following steps to make this pool float.

Things you need:

To make this pool float, you need to have the following.

  • Scissors
  • Lighter
  • Nylon rope( around 50 meters in length)
  • 4 pool noodles. (Regular-sized) 

This pool float is very economical. You can simply buy pool noodles at your local hardware store for as low as $2 apiece. The rope will roughly cost you a 3$. All in all, this entire project may cost you around 12-13 USD. If you go for the online option, it might be a convenient option but would be an expensive alternative for suŕe. 

Procedure:

The process is pretty simple and easy. Before you purchase the pool noodles and rope, make sure the color you chose is exciting, or else your pool float will look too bland. This entire process of making this pool float will only take 30-45 minutes of your time.

  • Step#1:
    Push the nylon rope within one of the pool noodles. Push it through with the aid of your finger and shake the pool noodle to and fro. Do it while keeping it perpendicular to ground level and make sure that the rope manages to get out on the other end of the pool noodle.
  • Step#2:
    It is to keep in mind that the dimensions of the pool aren’t really of great importance. But, it is crucial to have 2 ½ feet of rope which must be visible and sticking out of both ends of the pool noodle. To do it more precisely and effectively, you can use a tape measure. Also, this works best with thicker pool noodles
  • Step#3:
    Next, bend the pool noodles in such a way that one end touches the other. Then fasten the ropes together in a double knot at the end of each noodle where the rope exits the pool noodle. Once you do it, it will form a teardrop-shaped loop.
  • Step#4:
    From here on, string the nylon rope through the second pool noodle.   Carefully wrap 2nd noodle over the first pool noodle and tie the rope in a double knot precisely where it exits the pool noodle, just the way you did it with the rope ends of the first pool noodle.
  • Step#5:
    After this, carefully string the rope through the third pool noodle. Once you do it, then carefully wrap it around the first two noodles and then tie the knot exactly at the point where the rope exits the pool noodle.
  • Step#6:
    After this, carefully thread the rope through the fourth noodle and proceed to tie the knot in the rope where it exits the pool noodle. Then, carefully divide the rope strands into two sections and tie a double knot inclusive of all the rope ends.
  • Step#7:
    Once you do it, then proceed to divide the rope strands into three sections.
  • Step#8:
    From here on, bind the existing three strands together. This will lead to a 6-8inch thick braided handle. To make it more durable, fasten a double knot at the end of the braid.
  • Step#9:
    After this, simply cut off the ends of rope strands, which will make them shorter.
  • Step#10:
    To prevent the rope strands from fraying, burn the edges of it with the help of a lighter. Simply hold the lighter to the double knot and try to meld it together, which will eventually make it more secure. The heat will eventually make the rope melt together

Utility:

The pool float toy is now done. What makes it unique is the fact that it serves a double purpose. It can either be used as a float or also a toy. When used as a toy, the loops can be separated into separate teardrops. This lets kids play with it all opened up or even float on it. It can also be reassembled by simply pulling the noodles under or over each other, whatever suits you or the best. If your kids love adventure, they can pull it along with them in the water as they swim underwater.

In addition to this, this pool float can also be turned into an inner tube. For this purpose, you just have to stack the pool noodles together to make an inner tube.

Also, you can make rafts with the help of these pool noodles. On top of that, you can customize them by making them into the shape of animals, pretzels, etc. Also, you can make long floats to lay on, circle floats, and maybe others. 

3- Let’s find out how to make DIY noodle fish float.

To make one of these, you need to have the following items.

  • Three pool noodles whose dimensions must be 4 foot 2 ½ inches.
  • Smooth braided rope, around 50 feet in length.
  • Knife
  • Scissors 
  • Lighter 

This pool is pretty simple and fun to make and it only takes an hour or two of your day.

  • Step#1:
    Cut the noodles and divide them into sections. For this purpose, you can use a tape measure to make sure it’s accurate. Cut it with the help of a knife and make 4-inch sections.
  • Step#2:
    Identify the middle of the rope and then proceed to string a noodle segment to the middle of the 50-foot rope. The rope might be a bit long, but it is always safer than sorry.
  • Step#3:
    From here on, thread both ends of the rope through opposite ends of the noodle segment. You can do it by pulling both ropes ends through the next noodle sections at one go, and pull them taut on other sides. This will hold them together and make them float
  • Step#4:
    After this, you can connect the two ends of the noodle strip, which will lead to making a circle. Make sure you string the rope end which is coming from the top side to the last noodle down the hole, into the first noodle, and then thread the rope from the bottom side of the last strung noodle.
  • Step#5:
    After this, pull both ropes ends taut.
  • Step#6:
    Fasten a double knot against it and get rid of extra rope.
  • Step#7:
    Tie the pool noodle segments together and make the figure-eight shaped.
  • Step#8:
    To make it fish-shaped, push the upper ring of figure-eight flat in a way that noodle segments are touching. Also, make sure to tie diagonal noodle segments together.
  • Step#9:
    Burn the excessive rope to keep it from fraying. By this time, you will have your DIY pool float ready.

For a detailed procedure of the aforementioned noodle floats, click here

Conclusion:

By, now you may have realized that it is very much easier to make your pool float. Homemade pool floats are amazing and last for longer periods if made with care and passion. There are plenty of homemade raft ideas out there on the web as well which may be helpful to you. Besides it is fun to be able to make a float yourself, you can make one for your kids or toddlers to get them into swimming in the home pool. Before you take a home-made float to the beach or ocean, test its performance and durability to make sure that it is safe to be taken there. For the most part, it is just good enough to use in the swimming pool of home but if you have made one that’s more or less like a professional one you may use it as you please. The buoyancy does matter a lot, you must never feel imbalance once you get on top of it.

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