We were blessed by our neighbors a few years ago, in the form of a trampoline. Our children were thrilled and have spent more hours than I ever imagined they would, bouncing and pretending and doing flips. My son especially loves the trampoline and you will find him on it almost every day.
Double layers of socks in the winter. Swimming and then bouncing in the summer. Jumping in the beautiful, straight-down rain the other day. Eating a snack with the trampoline as your table and bench all-in-one. Laying on it and cuddling your favorite kitten. An endless opportunity of uses.
With much use and weather and wear, our trampoline mat had seen better days. It started ripping out and popping where the springs were held onto the mat.
The kiddos had taken tape and taped off an area, so they would know to jump away from that area and hopefully prolong the life of their beloved trampoline mat. It worked for a while, but then it started popping springs again. When my husband looked at it, he could easily tear the tabs holding the springs. The trampoline mat was officially toast. Saggy and unjumpable.
My man told me to order another mat for it, so I did a little online looking. We had replaced the mat soon after our neighbors gave us the trampoline. It was torn out in a few places, but not too bad. We decided to replace it and we really were rather disappointed that the mat we bought then, didn’t last any longer than it did. I’m not familiar with trampoline brands, so I have no idea what is better or best. I’m also pretty much a firm believer that not very many things are made to last today and I can get rather annoyed at quality compared to price. If it is very affordable, generally the quality is not very wonderful. So it seems to me!
We ordered another mat and while we were waiting for it to arrive, I came across an idea on Pinterest. I know it’s really hard to believe that Pinterest would offer an idea!
The idea was to use pool noodles to cover the springs of your trampoline. I thought it looked like a fun, affordable idea. And it looked easy, so it might be a project I could handle! 😉 I wrote a little about the project in this hello monday post. We’ve never had one of those covers for the springs for our trampoline, so I decided to give the pool noodles a try. It was good timing too. We were waiting for the trampoline mat, had the trampoline apart anyway, and it was the week of swimming lessons, which meant we were driving to town everyday, which also meant I could run into Wal-Mart a couple of times to gather up, and buy, pool noodles.
Tucker was anxiously awaiting the arrival of the trampoline mat. I think he was in trampoline withdrawal. It arrived the day or two after Grandpa’s arrived for a visit. Tucker was ready to get it all together. He did much of the cutting of the pool noodles. We simply measured and used scissors to cut the noodles into pieces. *when cutting take into consideration the streeeeeeetch the spring will have when connected to the trampoline. I didn’t. Not a big deal, it just doesn’t completely cover the whole spring once connected to the mat.
Renae and Tucker cut and covered the springs and then decided what order they wanted the colors in. Then with help from Grandpa and Daddy, they put the mat in place. New trampoline mats fit TIGHT and are a little work to get in place. Very thankful to have a strong daddy to lend a hand!
Once the mat was wrestled in place, it was done and done! All except the trying-it-out part! Tucker had volunteered for the first-person-on-the-new-mat spot. They are both glad to have the trampoline working again and have already logged quite a few hours on it. It was fun to try the pool noodle project and it gives it a nice pop of color!