DIY Hula Hoop Pool Warmers

Looking to same money on your next electric bill? These sun-catching “lily pads” will help absorb that much-needed heat you’re looking for, and insulate your pool – perfect for screened in pools that are still about 10 degrees cooler than their unscreened friends.

Make Magazine’s version of these pool warmers involve some pretty heavy artillery (see the video above), but if you don’t have a grinder or soldering iron handy, you can probably experiment with other methods of attaching the black polyethylene film to the hula hoops. Whether that be glue, staples, or even some ever-useful binder clips, all you really need is to get them sturdily attached so they can absorb the sun’s heat and insulate your pool.

Hit the link to read more, and tell us about your swimming pool heating tricks in the comments.

Weekend Project: Lily Pad Pool Warmers [Make]

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  • Kurt Hinz

    Oh the thousands of ways to accomplish the same thing for a pool. I thought we’d invented just about everything for heating a pool.

  • Shaun McLane

    Stay tuned as I explain how to heat a pool with maple syrup and cotton balls next week! [kidding]