DIY Fishing Pole

This fun DIY Fishing Pole original appeared as one of the featured projects in Design Dazzle’s Summer Camp series.  I love being a “camp counselor” in this fun series for kids and in the past years I’ve shared my Naturally Fun Bucket and Lemonade Stand Kits.  This year I wanted to make something reminiscent of old fashioned fun and created a DIY fishing pole.

My kids love exploring and being outdoors, even during the blazing hot summer months.  Recently while feeding the ducks at our neighborhood pond my kids saw someone fishing and asked when they could go fishing and of course light bulbs went off for a DIY project.

All you need to make your own fishing pole are a few supplies and soon you’ll be reeling in the big ones.


  • 1/2 ” 5 ft. Bamboo rod
  • 6 #212 x 5/16 Screw Eyes
  • Fishing Line
  • Fishing Bobber
  • Barrel Swivel
  • Removable Fishing Weights
  • Fishing Hooks
  • Fishing Lure or Bait

Start by marking 4 spots equal distance on your bamboo pole beginning 1/2″ from the top and pre-drill a tiny hole at each marked spot (I used a Dremel tool for this part) through one side of the bamboo pole.  Next, mark 2 spots to the right side of the pole (for right handed fishermen) at 3″ and 7″ below the lowest previously drilled hole. Pre-drill your holes again.

Carefully put a screw eye in each pre-drilled hole.  Thread your fishing line from the top down and tie to the lowest screw eye on the side.  Wrap as much line as you like around the bottom two screws on the side.

Now complete your fishing rig with your bobber, swivel, weights and hook by following the instructions on the back of the hook package.  Your all set for a fishing adventure with your DIY fishing pole.

Don’t forget to pack bait and a lunch!  I packed our lunch in a metal bucket and of course add a little extra special touch with darling fish printables from A Blissful Nest.

I promise this is an easy and inexpensive way to keep the kids entertained this summer, so get out there and enjoy an adventure with your little ones!  Oh, and if you catch a “Big One” with your DIY Fishing Pole we’d love to see it, so make sure you pop on over and share with us on Facebook or Instagram.

Mariah Leeson is the creative mind behind With a passion for celebrating, Mariah created Giggles Galore to inspire families to celebrate life’s little moments with creative, budget friendly ideas. She loves cooking, reading, crafting, hosting parties and most of all spending time giggling with her family.


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  1. Hey Mariah!

    Your work is amazing as always! I love this. We would love to have you join our Saturday Show Us How You Rock Link Party. It starts Fridays at 6pm, hope to see your amazing posts there!



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