Pool Noodle Jack-O-Lantern

By Noreen Doll.

If you are lucky enough to have an orange pool noodle left over from the summer, you can make several super easy Pool Noodle Jack-O-Lanterns.

Pool Noodle Jack-O-Lantern by Crafty Journal

Preschoolers will have so much fun with this project, and even toddlers can scribble a face on their pool noodle pumpkin.

Pool Noodle Jack-O-Lantern by Crafty Journal

And little ones can decorate and re-decorate the house with their Jack-O-Lanterns, because they are totally safe and unbreakable. (Don’t let little ones play with them if they might put them in their mouth or take a bite!)

Pool Noodle Jack-O-Lantern by Crafty Journal

A fun idea is to make them different sizes: very tall and thin, average, or short and squat.

If you don’t want to draw faces on them, you can make their features with black felt or craft foam.


Orange Pool Noodle


Black Sharpie

Brown Lunch Sack or Paper Bag

How to Make a Pool Noodle Jack-O-Lantern.

1. Decide how tall you want your Jack-O-Lantern.

Measure this amount from one end of the pool noodle.

Cut off the end of the pool noodle where you have marked it. A knife slides right through the noodle easily.

Pool Noodle Jack-O-Lantern by Crafty Journal

Be sure an adult does the cutting.

2. Draw the face on the pumpkin.

Pool Noodle Jack-O-Lantern by Crafty Journal

3. Color in the features with the black Sharpie.

Pool Noodle Jack-O-Lantern by Crafty Journal

(Don’t worry about little ones making perfect faces – the ones they draw are very endearing!)

4. Cut off the bottom of the lunch sack.

Pool Noodle Jack-O-Lantern by Crafty Journal

Fold it in half.

Pool Noodle Jack-O-Lantern by Crafty Journal

5. Twist the lunch sack until it is small enough to fit in the hole in the pumpkin.

Pool Noodle Jack-O-Lantern by Crafty Journal

6. Put the twisted lunch sack into the pool noodle to make the stem.

Pool Noodle Jack-O-Lantern by Crafty Journal

Let the kids decide where their Jack-O-Lantern should sit.


Use green or brown construction paper to make the stem instead of a lunch bag.

Noreen Doll

Crafty Journal

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  1. Love this idea! We bought a ton of pool noodles to make a pool noodle fort (idea from Pinterest) and half of them are orange. The fort didn’t last too long, but now I know what to use them for! Great gift idea for people with pools too!

  2. Great idea! Saw this on loulougirls.com

  3. What a cute idea! I love letting kids decorate their own crafts!

  4. super cute and simple idea!

  5. What a cute project! And for a dollar store noodle you couldn’t get much cheaper on supplies. :) Bet your kids had fun making these.

  6. What a cute idea! My Mom teaches the special needs Sunday School class at our church and the kids would love this! Pinning it!

  7. These are so super cute! I’ve pinned them for future reference. Thanks x

  8. Omgee I love this idea! I wish I picked up more pool noodles from the dollar store during summer. Hope you can stop by and link this awesome craft on the Spooktacular link party.

  9. Such a cute re-use! Found you via Thriving on Thursdays.

  10. How fun and sooo simple. I’d love you to come over and link this post at The Fabulous Fall Party.
    Come by anytime and link your Fall Themed posts. All the way till Halloween Week. And then November 1 starts Thanksgiving only until noon on Thanksgsiving Day! Then guess who is coming to town! Hope to see you for all the partying

  11. I love these, Noreen!!! I have some pool noodles. Hmmm… Hope you are well. Your buddy, Linda

  12. Super cute! Pinned and tweeted. Thanks for stopping by and partying with us! I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm, so we can pin and tweet your masterpieces! Lou Lou Girls

  13. What a great idea for kids and they are safe too.
    Thanks for sharing at Wake Up Wednesday,

  14. What a fun and easy project! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  15. What a fun use of a pool noodle.

  16. Awe! My daughter will love doing this!!

  17. What a fun and simple pumpkin craft for little ones! And a great use for some of those pool noodles that have gotten a bit torn up this summer.

    Stopping by from the crafty link up!

  18. Love this simple idea Noreen! Thanks for sharing at A Round Tuit. Hope you have a lovely week.

  19. What a cute and easy craft for kids to make. These would make great decorations for Halloween. Thanks for sharing at the #Made4Kids Link Party!

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