Oh the many fun things you can make out of pool noodles, and a coral reef display to show off at an ‘Under the Sea’ themed party is no exception!  These displays light up the room as each one is as unique as the next.

Since coral can be as colorful as the rainbow, it’s fun lugging home all sorts of brightly colored noodles, mixing and matching them as you put the display together!

This orange lobster looks as happy as a clam, hanging out in his green seaweed

Here’s another display made with different colored pool noodles and a sea horse…it turned out just as cute!

You can add shells, blow up fish, or whatever else you can think of that lives in the sea to finish off your coral reef!

Tools & Supplies:

  • One box (I used one at about 2ft x 1ft)
  • 6 or 7 pool noodles-since coral can be all different colors, I used orange and green ones (dollar store carries these!)
  • 2 or 3 blue plastic tablecloths (a buck a piece at the dollar store)
  • Decorations to place into and around display (I used plastic pool toy blow up fish, shells, etc.)
  • Knife for cutting box and noodles

Gather your box and pool noodles (I bought these noodles for a buck a piece at the dollar store but I’ve also seen them at Wal-Mart for the same price)

Start cutting a spiral down the length of the noodle

To avoid sagging, keep spirals around 6 inches apart from each other

Now cut a second spiral in-between the first one

Untwist…

Leave at least 1ft of noodle uncut at bottom

If you want, you can split each end of the noodle again…don’t split ends any longer than about 15 inches to avoid sagging.  Trim ends at different lengths from top to make the plants look more realistic.

Mark where you want each pool noodle to stick out of box

Cut holes where you marked…make sure holes are a little smaller in circumference than the pool noodle so that it has a tight fit into the box and will stand upright

I placed the larger pieces in the box then used shorter lengths of various sizes to fill in between larger pieces.

Make sure all pool noodles fit snugly into their holes

Now remove the noodles and place tablecloths over the box

I added 4 layers of the thin tablecloth to cover the box.

Punch holes in the tablecloths where the holes are in the box

Insert pool noodles back into box.  Decorate with shells, blow up fish, or whatever else you can think of that lives in the sea!

Here is another display made with different colored pool noodles and a sea horse…it turned out just as cute!

Make sure to check out the rest of my Sea Party Ideas!!!