-5 pool noodles (did you guess it?)
-thick cotton rope (try the trim section of your craft/fabric store)
-thick yarn in preferred colors (I didn’t use more than the yarn you see above, so one large yarn should be enough for my size)
-hot glue gun
-X-Acto knife and scissors
Once your pipe is cut, make sure it’s the right length for your noodle and then use an X-Acto knife to carve out some of the inner portion of the last 1″ or so of each noodle end so you have a larger space to add your rope fringe at the end. Pool noodles are super easy to cut into, so this part shouldn’t be too hard.
Keep twisting and pushing down every 3″ of yarn until you reach the end. I used more glue to secure the yarn to the noodle on the last 1″ of the noodle and then tucked the end into the noodle opening and glued it in place.
Repeat with each color for each noodle until you have four layers! Since you’ll have leftover copper pipe after adding it to your outside noodle, use the rest inside one of the inner layers of noodles and that will help it keep its shape even better.
This is also a good time to take a piece of yarn the color of your third layer in and tie it around your pool noodle so you have a hanger on the backside to hang your rainbow from. Basically, if the top of the rainbow is at the 12:00 position on a clock, tie one end of a piece of yarn at the 1:00 position and the other to the 11:00 position with the knots on the backside so you don’t see them and you can use the yarn that connects the two points as a hanger. Much easier to do it now before you glue things together!
Now it’s time to glue our rainbow together! I clamped my outer layer to a coffee table so it wouldn’t move from that position, but you could also just place boxes or heavy books at the sides and top/bottom to keep in place while you glue as well. Just put a generous amount of glue at the sides where each noodle touches the next and add one layer at a time until you have all your layers complete.
Now that your noodles are attached, take your thick rope, cut it double the length you want your tassel to be, and then tie some twine at the middle of the rope to keep the tassel together. If you can’t find super thick cotton rope, you can also cut three or four strands double your tassel length and just tie them all together in the middle for the same effect.
… you can use a pet brush to brush out the rope into one larger tassel.
As the finishing touch, glue some large felt balls around the perimeter of the rainbow and your sweet little project is ready to hang!
Seriously though, how amazing is that!?! I couldn’t be more pleased with how this turned out and I’ve even been going in her room just to look at it randomly during the day. It makes me so happy! I hung it high enough that she’s not interested in trying to play with it, but if that changes I may just move it to another wall instead.
Just a quick safety note: I’m not worried about Lola reaching this from a safety standpoint. She actually plays with those felt balls normally (and they aren’t a choking hazard size for her since they are larger) and the rest of this is just yarn and pool noodles. But if you make this on a smaller scale or just small felt balls, just be careful it doesn’t fall into baby’s hands if there are items attached you would worry about them having.
This is totally an item that I would also hang in any other room in the house, so don’t feel like this is limited to a kid’s room if you aren’t in that zone yet. I’m sure this will make an appearance in another room eventually too! xo. Laura