Wednesday, April 18, 2012

DIY: Pool Noodle Race Track






It's Wednesday my favorite day of the week, when I was little it was the day my Dad took us for pizza when my Mom was at work, sometimes I still fell like a kid especially when were in the backyard holding matchbox derbies, we're so excited to  show you our latest summer fun project, we actually it can be used all year round and is great indoors too!

Start your engines!




Now I saw this done with marbles, the noodle was a much small diameter, so when I saw the giant noodle on sale at the grocery store we snagged the last one!

My new obsession other than drilling holes in toys is matchbox cars, wait till I show you are flying ones!  
But that will have to wait for another week since their just so so cool they deserve their own DIY post.


  1. Buy an extra large diameter foam pool noodle, I got mine 1/2 price at the super market ($1.50)
  2. cut the noodle in half with a serrated knife (one side than the other side or electric knife you can cut straight through both sides)
  3. once the noodle is in two pieces lay them on the ground side by side
  4. insert toothpicks where the two halves of the foam noodles touch each other
  5. use as many toothpicks as need to hold the noodle tracks tight together
  6. then with a need nose pliers clip the ends of the tooth picks flush to the noodle

 Now you're ready to decorate your track



Using cardstock at toothpicks I created small flags for along the sides of the track




 Again with cardstock cut to size I stamped Start and Finish then I cut wooden or bamboo skewers down to size leaving the pointed end exposed (makes it easier to insert into the foam) I then used fast drying Aleene's Tacky glue I glued the two pieces of cardstock together with the cut ends of the wooden skewers sandwiched in between and we were ready to race!

Finally just prop the track up on a chair, table, bed, pretty much anything, the higher the prop the faster the cars go.


 17 is my lucky number, guess who won?
I don't bet on the races but it wouldn't have hurt this time.

This DIY project rates low on the skill level scale, it was very easy and I came out looking like Super Mom!

47 comments:

  1. You are SO crafty!! Looks like your kiddos had so much fun!!

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  2. I love that idea! I may have to come back and ask to feature it in our ezine. But for now I just wanted to stop by and encourage you to join our 12 days of Capturing Motherhood Through Your Lens! You can do it for fun or for some fabulous prizes! Hope to see you there! http://inspiredbyfamilymag.com/2012/04/15/mommy-moments-photo-challenge-has-begun/

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  3. Oh my goodness! This is such a fun project, and I want to do it NOW! Hehe.

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  4. Whoa. This looks SO fun. And easy!

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  5. What a cool idea! Gonna make one this weekend!

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  6. What a great idea - I pinned it to a summer yard play board on pinterest! Love it!

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  7. How fun is this?! My daughter would love this. I'm pinning it to make this week. Thanks for sharing at A Pinteresting Party! :)

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  8. This is so cool!!! I totally want to make it! My kids will love it!

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  9. I did this forever ago- (June '10)- Yours is cuter w/ the signs and everything :) We did ours on the stairs.
    here is mine:
    http://mygratitudeattitudes.blogspot.com/2010/06/make-car-race-track-from-water-noodle.html

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    1. I love the snake pond you put at the end of your track! Really wish we had stairs in our house (now that the kids are older), thought it might be fun to attach more noodles end to end to make the track longer and faster. Thanks for visiting our blog!

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  10. That is a great idea, my son would love it. I'll be hunting pool noodles now!

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  11. Very cool idea! I featured your post on my blog today (http://glitteringmuffins.com/2012/05/31/kids-coop-2/) I also shared it on my facebook page. Do you have a facebook page? I couldn't find you on there.

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  12. Thanks a bunch Valerie! You can find us on facebook @ http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ramblings-From-Utopia/228506853870339.

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  13. This is super cute! I work at a summer camp and pool noodles are destroyed on a regular basis. This a great way to give them a new life, while keeping the little kiddos entertained :) Lovely!

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  14. I think I am going to make this with Bug and her brothers this weekend! They are going to have a blast! Thank you for entering in my Craftastic Competition! Good luck!

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  15. This looks like a lot of fun! I love the start, finish and flags you added.

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  16. We tried it with marbles. But the cars look so fun why didn't I think of that? Looks like we will have to get another noodle.

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  17. Fantastic idea! With four boys, I'm going to have to give this a try with them this summer! I'm stopping by from the Craftastic Competition, thank you for entering!
    -Molly
    www.justalittlecreativity.com

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    1. All the entries look fabulous and thank you to all the judges and sponsors involved! -Kate

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  18. Where did you find a pool noodle that big!

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    1. I got ours at Winn-Dixie Supermarket but they also have them here at the Dollar General(the bigger size is $3).

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  19. Love their names! :D

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  20. This is a very cute idea. Please link this post (and any other arts, crafts and play posts) to Artsy Play Wednesday on Capri + 3. The linky is now open (and re-opens each Wednesday). I hope to see you there.

    : 0 ) Theresa
    http://www.multiples-mom.com

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  21. What a cool idea with the pool noodle. I'll be sure to try it as well.

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  22. My little guy is having a Hot Wheels party in a couple weeks and I'm glad I came across this idea. Looks like it will be a lot of fun!!!

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  23. This is such a great idea!! I featured you in a post about pool noodles: All Things with Purpose: Use Your Noodle

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  24. wonderful! we are headed to walmart today to do this craft! thank you :)

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  25. This is so smart! My little dudes are going to love it!

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  26. LOVE this!! I had to try one for my son, take a peek here, I gave your blog credit!!
    http://www.yourcharmedlifeblog.com/2012/08/diy-pool-noodle-race-track.html

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  27. I have been looking and racking my brain for a year now trying to figure out a good "race track" for my kids! Thanks, brilliant!

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  28. This is fantastic! Just made my way to your website from Pinterest. I'm planning to make this for my son's Cars-theme birthday party this weekend. Thanks for sharing. Super cute and fun!

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    1. So glad you stopped by, I hope he has a really wonderful birthday party...happy weekend!

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  29. This is so awesome! My kids will love this for sure! Im going to feature it tomorrow in my summer activities for kids roundup. :)

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  30. ummmmm so AWESOME!!! I absolutely love this idea!

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  31. Just thought I’d let you know I included a link to your car races on my personal blog. Such a cute idea! Thanks for the post!

    Amy Senter
    aspoolofthread.etsy.com

    http://www.amyroachsenter.blogspot.com/2013/05/105-things-to-do-this-summer.html

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  32. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this project!

    I recently started writing for Treehouse TV in addition to my own blog, Sew Creative. I did a post for Treehouse with a roundup of my favorite Hot Wheels projects. I included this in the roundup. I’d love for you to take a look:

    http://www.treehousetv.com/parents/activities/crafts/hot-wheel-diy-projects

    I also wrote about it on my blog:

    http://www.sewcreativeblog.com/7-hot-wheel-projects-for-kids/

    Best Wishes,

    Crystal

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  38. I did this several years ago! I did it on the stairs. I love pool noodles! (it looks like you may have a few spam comments above. :)
    Here is the link to mine (there was a video but it had issues so it's not posted.)
    http://www.allmylittlegems.com/2010/06/make-car-race-track-from-water-noodle.html

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