Since I posted this infographic about using a foam roller a few weeks ago I have wanted a roller. Everywhere I looked though they were $30 or more, & I am just not going to spend that much money on a piece of foam, I don’t care how awesome you tell me it is.
I did some research & found a few ideas for making my own, but I didn’t have those things so I never did anything with my newly acquired knowledge. Until… (Pic heavy tutorial behind the cut)
I was at Family Dollar the other day & they had kids pool noodles for $1. These were about 2&1/4in in diameter with a 7/8in opening in the center. If you wanted a bigger foam roller you could get a full size noodle, but they didn’t have any.
I read about someone making one with a pool noodle, but they cut down part of the noodle to stuff inside the center. That sounded like entirely too much work for me, so I went to Home Depot & got a 2ft section of heavy PVC pipe. I tried a couple & went with the 3/4in pipe. It was $1.28.
I started by measuring out how long I wanted the foam part of the roller to be. I made it just a little shorter than 2ft because I wanted some pipe to hang out each end like a little handle or in case I ever want to pull it out. Then I cut it. I wasn’t sure how hard it would be to cut, but I used a little hacksaw & it was eezy peezy.
Then just slide the pipe into the center. You want a snug fit, unless you want it to roll on the handle. I read a few people who like to use rolling pins. If you did want it to actually roll, I would leave more room on each end of the pipe & use a pipe just small enough for it to roll on it. You don’t want to use too small of pipe, then your roller will be too squishy & firmness seems to be an important part of a foam roller. You could wrap some duct tape around each end of the pipe just beyond the foam to keep it from sliding around.
I started out twisting it in, then I set the pipe end down on a hard surface & just pushed the noodle down on it.
Then voila you have a foam roller! I haven’t gotten the chance to use it yet, but rolling it around in my arms it seemed pretty firm, but I also managed to smack myself in the face so I might not have been thinking clearly. I’m going to look for the bigger noodles to make a larger roller as well.
An alternative for this project is to use the noodle & the pipe to make a beater. If you made two, you could duel wield & be a BAD ASS.
And here is a photo of the receipts just to show that with sales tax (9%), this project cost me exactly $2.49.
Here is an article I found on Runner’s World’s website on foam roller techniques. It has accompanying videos as well.