Creating a ball-tipped noodle javelin is a fun and simple DIY project that can provide hours of entertainment. Here are step-by-step directions to make one using PVC pipe, a pool noodle, a tennis ball, scissors, and super glue:
- 1 PVC pipe, approximately 1/2 inch in diameter (length depends on your preference)
- 1 pool noodle
- 1 tennis ball
- Super glue
- Optional: Velcro or a target that a tennis ball can stick to
Step 1: Prepare the Tennis Ball
1.1. Use a pair of scissors to carefully cut a large “X” shape into the tennis ball. This will create an opening for the PVC pipe to be inserted.
1.2. Apply a generous amount of super glue to the cut edges of the tennis ball.
1.3. Insert one end of the 1/2 inch PVC pipe into the opening created by the “X.” Make sure it goes in securely and is centered.
1.4. Apply more super glue around the base of the PVC pipe where it meets the tennis ball to create a strong bond. Allow it to dry completely.
Step 2: Prepare the Pool Noodle
2.1. Take your pool noodle and decide on the length you want for your javelin. You can cut it to your preferred size using scissors. A typical length is around 3 to 4 feet.
2.2. To create tail fins, make four evenly spaced vertical cuts in the back of the pool noodle, each about 6 inches long. These cuts should extend from the bottom of the noodle upward.
Step 3: Assemble the Javelin
3.1. Once the super glue on the tennis ball and PVC pipe is dry and secure, take the PVC-pipe-tipped tennis ball and insert the other end of the PVC pipe into one end of the pool noodle.
3.2. Make sure the PVC pipe goes through the noodle and emerges from the other end. The tennis ball should be snugly attached to the noodle.
3.3. Apply a small amount of super glue around the point where the PVC pipe enters the pool noodle to ensure it stays in place.
Step 4: Optional – Create a Target
4.1. If you want to set up a target for your noodle javelin, use Velcro or any other suitable material that a tennis ball can stick to. You can affix the target to a wall or another flat surface.
Now you have a homemade ball-tipped noodle javelin with tail fins ready for outdoor fun and games. Make sure to use it safely, especially around others, and enjoy your DIY project!