DIY Olympic Rings

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DIY Olympic Rings

So…. I have to tell you that athletics has never been my strong suit. I like to think of myself as more the “creative” type… aka I am so uncoordinated it isn’t even funny! I have been to my fair share of sporting events, but my favorite part is usually the tailgating and socializing!   

  All that being said, I do LOVE the Olympic Summer Games, though!  I grew up watching Mary Lou Retton (yes… I’m old) and so many others that I just admired so much for all of their hard work.  I can’t imagine what it must feel like getting a gold medal, but each time I feel so proud for them I am almost in tears!  OK… I sob like a baby!

To get my girls excited about the upcoming Olympics, we decided to throw an Olympics-themed pool party next weekend.  I just couldn’t wait so show you the noodle ring decor that we made today with some of our friends. I am planning on hanging it on our gazebo as the main backdrop for the party.   I was completely inspired by the Olympics Party from Bird’s Party and really wanted to make a huge colorful display of rings!  

Here is how to make your own…
DIY Olympic Rings Tutorial

DIY Olympic Rings


5 pool noodles
Duck Tape
5 6″ pieces of pvc pipe
fishing line
hot glue gun
1/4 yards of knit in each of the Olympic ring colors

olympic rings step 1

Step One. Insert your pvc into the end of the noodle.  You want to go about half way down the pvc pipe.

olympic rings step 2

Step Two. Insert the other end of the pvc piping into the other end of the pool noodle.

olympic rings step 3

Step Three. This is what the pool noodle will look like at this point.  No worries about it looking uneven!  Just leave about an inch of the pvc pipe showing.

olympic rings step 4

Step Four.  Now you will wrap duck tape around the opening of the circle where it is uneven.  Sorry about the color change of the noodle here, I kept losing my help!

olympic rings step 6
Step Five.  Time for some color!  I cut my 1/4 yard of knit into three equal strips.  I began gluing it on and then wrapped it as far as it would go and then glue down that end and begin again with the two remaining sections of fabric.
olympic rings step 7
Step Six.  You this will give you an idea of how to wrap it.  When you finish, your noodle should be completely covered! Repeat with the other four colors!

olympic rings final
Step Seven.  Now you will lay all of the rings down and tie them together with fishing line where they meet.  All done!

 Now that you have your Olympic Rings, you definitely need your Olympic Torch and Gold Medal Treats

Let the games begin!


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Trish Flake

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  1. So so smart and clever! I might make these with the kids, just to get them excited and learn the history of the Olympic Rings! Cannot wait for the opening ceremonies!!!!! Thanks!!!!

  2. Ps…pinning this! (from your site. Hope that’s okay!)

  3. What a great idea! So fun for the Olympics!

  4. Those are adorable!! Megan

  5. I remember watching Mary Lou also. I am inviting you to come and share this in my Show Your Stuff blog hop:

  6. Super cool! I hope to get my kids excited for the olympics too!

  7. That’s too cute! Float them in the pool to celebrate the winners!!

  8. Very Cute! What a great fun little project!

  9. Clever use of pool noodles!

  10. Yes please! What a great idea! I’m copying you.

  11. This is such a cute idea!! I can’t WAIT for the Olympics.. so we might have to do this around these parts :)

  12. Great post. I found you via the Tuesday Talent Show from Chef in Training
    I have linked a pizza I did with leftover roast chicken. Have a good week.

  13. I love this!!!! I also grew up watching Mary Lou Retton! :)

  14. Really cool, I love the Olympics! What a cute idea, but then I don’t expect anything less from your two. Very clever! So glad you shared your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – your attendance helped make the party a success!

  15. You guys sure do know how to work with some pool noodles! ;) So cute…

  16. Pinning! Love this idea!

  17. Love these! We’re having a party on Friday too!

  18. Those are super cute, and what a great way to use some pool noodles! I love the summer Olympics too; the gymnastic is definitely my favorite!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The Fun In Functional!

  19. These are great looking, and I love the idea of using swim noodles. Dollar store, and it’s a cheap solution. Brilliant!

  20. Thank you for participating in Show Your Stuff Blog Hop, You are invited to come back:

  21. PERFECTION! My kids would love this! Featuring you tomorrow. XO, Aimee

  22. Nice Olympic color ring tutorial. Stopping by to say Hi from the blog hop. Come visit sometime, tea is cold and no shoes are required. Kathy B. new follower


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