How to Make a Pool Noodle Christmas Candle

Every year around this time, we all start to see Christmas decorations everywhere! But have you ever seen a pool noodle Christmas candle? Well, now you can say you have!

The best part is that they’re so easy to make and cost next to nothing! Here’s how you can get your hands on a few materials and create one for yourself.

close up of pool noodle christmas candles

Grab a pool noodle and fire up the glue gun so you can make this darling pool noodle Christmas candle. You may want to make a set to gift as well. One pool noodle is all you need to make a couple of sets. 

Let me show you how I made them.

SUPPLIES needed for a Pool Noodle Christmas Candle

All the supplies needed can also be found HERE in my Amazon Shop!

  • Dollar Tree Pool Noodle
  • Kilz Primer
  • Craft Knife
  • Tea Light Candles (battery-operated)
  • White Paint
  • Ribbon
  • Hot Glue Gun

pool noodle and kilz

How to make a Pool Noodle Christmas Candle

cut the pool noodle to size

Step 1.

Use a craft knife or x-acto knife to cut the pool noodle to the size that you want. I cut 3 in different sizes so I could stagger them. You may notice I create groupings of 3 items quite often. Have you heard of the rule of thirds in interior design?

It’s pretty simple: The rule guideline of threes says that things arranged in odd numbers are more appealing, memorable, and effective than even-numbered groupings. Try to experiment with groupings in odd numbers. You will be amazed when you see how pleasing to the eye it is compared to even-numbered groupings.

cutting pool noodle for candle

cut the center of the pool noodle to fit the candle 

STEP 2.

Place a battery-operated tea light on top of one of the pool noodles to use it as a template for cutting. Mark around where the pool noodle should be cut and use your craft knife to cut a large enough hole to fit the candle. 

cutting center of pool noodle for candle

You want the candle to fit snuggly so be sure not to cut too much of the pool noodle. 
 

secure the candles 

STEP 3.
Place each of the 3 battery-operated candles into the pool noodle to ensure they fit. Make any adjustments as needed. 
 
placing candle to check size in pool noodle

 

placing candles in pool noodle

PAINT WITH KILZ

STEP 4.

Take the pool noodles outside and spray paint them with Kilz. 

Quick tip: Use an old stick to hold the pool noodle to make spray painting easier! 

spray painting pool noodle with kilz

PAINT THE POOL NOODLE CANDLES 

STEP 5

Use a chip brush and white paint to paint the candle. Be sure to cover the entire candle. Let dry.

painting over hot glue

use hot glue to add faux wax 

STEP 6.

Once the pool noodles have dried, use your hot glue gun to create faux wax running down the top of each candle. Don’t worry about being exact with this. Real candle wax is never exact, right?

This little bit of detail really adds to the overall look of the finished candle, so don’t skip this step!

using hot glue gun to add candle wax

Attach Ribbon to the bottom of the candle

STEP 7.

Once the pool noodles have dried, use your hot glue gun to add a pretty ribbon to the bottom of each candle. 

Pick out whatever ribbon you like. You know I love buffalo check! 

gluing ribbon around candle base

step by step video tutorial

If you want to see the exact step-by-step process, be sure to check out this video tutorial below over on my YouTube Channel!     

pool noodle candle diy youtube thumnail

a Pool Noodle Christmas Candle

That’s all there is to it. Can you believe this gorgeous craft started out as a bright blue pool noodle? 

close up of candles

Nothing like a good before and after photo to really see the difference:

before and after pool noodle

Another view of the pool noodle Christmas candles…

set of 3 pool noodle candles

decorate with your Pool Noodle Christmas Candle

Here are a few other ways to decorate with your Christmas candles:

  • Make a set of three to display on a mantel. 
  • Use a tray to create a winter or Christmas vignette. 
  • Wrap a set of three up with a ribbon for easy gift giving.

pool noodle in dough bowl   

 

BE SURE TO CHECK OUT THESE OTHER DIY CHRISTMAS IDEAS!

pool noodle christmas candle pin with text

Be sure to PIN this for later!

Pool Noodle Christmas Candle

Let me show you how to make the cutest pool noodle Christmas candle using Dollar Tree supplies.

Equipment

Materials

  • Dollar Tree Pool Noodle
  • Kilz Primer
  • Craft Knife
  • Tea Light Candles (battery-operated)
  • White Paint
  • Ribbon

Instructions

  • Cut the pool noodle to the size you want using the craft knife.
  • Cut the center of the pool noodle to fit the tea light candle.
  • Spray the pool noodle with Kilz. Let dry.
  • Use the hot glue gun to add candle wax to the candle.
  • Paint the pool noodle candle with white paint. Let dry.
  • Add ribbon to the bottom of the candle.
  • Decorate with your Christmas candles!

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