How to Repurpose an Old Foam Roller

5 Ways to Repurpose Your Old Foam Roller

I recently upgraded my foam roller. I knew it was time to replace it when I noticed that it had lumps, sags, and stood askew. Four years ago, I bought my trusty red masseuse that I lovingly named IKEA, “just a normal Swedish name.” (Where are my Friends fans at?) I could donate my old foam roller, but I just don’t feel that it’s in good enough shape to do that. And I could simply toss it in the garbage, but all that foam is a biodegradable nightmare! So the tree-hugger that I am decided that I must find another purpose or two for my old foam roller.

6 Crafts to Repurpose Foam Roller

5 Ways to Repurpose Your Old Foam Roller

Once I decided to repurpose my old foam roller, the crafty brainstorming began. Here are a few ideas that I thought of:

Chiropractor Pillow for Your Knees

From my experience in going to a chiropractor, when they have me lay on my back, they slide a long, half cylinder pillow under my knees to prop them up and help my lower back stay flush to the bed. To create one of these pillows, I would simply use a hand saw to cut the foam roller in half, vertically.

Mickey Mouse Ears

If you’re on a budget and headed to a Disney race, this craft is for you! You’ll need a black headband, black fabric, saw, and fabric glue.

Saw two, half-inch discs off your foam roller. Pop out the center disc (see above picture). Cut your fabric into four circles, larger than the discs. Stream a bead of fabric glue around half of two pieces of the fabric (halfway, because you’ll need to be able to slip the foam roller disc into the pocket). Place the fabric without glue on top of the fabric with glue. Let the glue dry. Then, turn the fabric right side out, put the discs inside each pouch, fold the seam inward, and glue the open seams shut. Use a binder clip or chip clip to hold the fabric closed while it dries. Now, you’re ready to glue the ears to the headband like Mickey Mouse’s ears.

Use these ears as inspiration as you get your craft on!


Use the rings from your foam roller to do this easy, no-sew fabric wreath.

Cat Toy

It sounds silly, but while I sat in the floor with my old foam roller in pieces around me, my cat thought the rings were a fun toy to play with. So if you’ve got an easily amused cat like me, this is a great way to repurpose your old foam roller.

Pool Toy

This “craft” is very easy if you have a pool: throw your old foam roller into the pool. Done! If you don’t have a pool, you’re going to need to google how to make one of those (HA!). Just like pool noodles, your foam roller should float and work as a great floaty toy for your kids to play with or for you to use during your next pool workout.

Decorative Pillow

This is how I decided to repurpose my old foam roller. When I decorated my guest room, I had some extra fabric, and I thought the bed needed an extra pillow to tie everything together. Below are the ridiculously simple steps for repurposing your old foam roller as a decorative throw-pillow.

Before you stop reading because you don’t have a sewing machine, don’t worry! I did not sew this pillow. I simply used fabric glue to make the seams. Here is a link to three simple no-sew techniques you could use, or these are the steps that I basically I followed.

  1. Measure and cut fabric to your desired pillow size.
  2. Place fabric design or color side up.
  3. Squeeze a bead of the fabric glue along the both edges of the fabric color side of the fabric.
  4. Fold the fabric in half so that the edges with the glue are stuck together.
  5. Leave the fabric to dry. See your fabric glue bottle for a more specific time.
    5 Ways to Repurpose Your Old Foam Roller
  6. Measure and saw your foam roller in half so that it will fit into the pillow pouch you made.
  7. Once the fabric glue is dry, turn your pillow pouch right side out.
    5 Ways to Repurpose Your Old Foam Roller
  8. Slip your mini foam roller into your pillow pouch.
    5 Ways to Repurpose Your Old Foam Roller
  9. Display your new pillow!

Share your #runnervibes below: How would you repurpose your old foam roller?

5 Ways to Repurpose Your Old Foam Roller

5 Ways to Repurpose Your Old Foam Roller

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