PVC pipe is a magical material that is inexpensive and oh so useful! Here is a list of 35 ways to use PVC pipe to decorate, organize, and entertain the kids. There are PVC pipe projects to organize shoes and yard tools to building lemonade stands and play houses for the kids!
How to cut PVC pipe?
There are multiple ways to cut PVC pipe, here are 3 of the most common methods: hand saw, miter saw, or a PVC cutting tool. Regardless of the method, sand paper is necessary to smooth out the plastic fringe that forms when cutting. It is also fair to note that most home improvement stores will make a few cuts for free, so start there! If that doesn’t work try one of these 3 methods:
- Hand saw- This method takes more time, but it can be done. For safety and more exact measurements, be sure to secure the PVC pipe.
- Miter saw- Secure the pipe under the miter saw and be sure to wear safety goggles. There is no avoiding PVC pipe dust.
- PVC cutting tool– If you don’t own power tools, and your home improvement store is too busy to cut the PVC pipe for you, this is by far the next easiest method for cutting PVC pipe up to 1 5/8″ in diameter.
PVC Pipe Furniture
You would have thought PVC slices make such a fun, modern headboard? For more pictures, check out Hearts and Sharts.
2. PVC pipe chairs
These simple chairs are perfect for camping or extra seating outside. Find the detailed tutorial at Simple Simon and Company.
Twelve pieces of PVC pipe and a round peice of wood and you’ve got this beauty! To be fair, Bre says it is wobbly, but I think it’s adorable. For more details, check out Bre Purposed.
Adina made 3 different sized chairs out of PVC pipes. Find the full tutorial at The 5th Brick House on the Right.
PVC pipe projects
PVC pipe works well for plumbing and wreaths! Who knew? You can use PVC pipe to make everything from movie screens to Christmas ornaments!
5. PVC pipe wreath
This wreath uses different diameter PVC pipe plus 2 door knobs! I love that you can spray paint it any color you’d like and fill the PVC pieces with ornaments. Perfection! See the complete tutorial on Home Depot.
Alecia cut 80 pieces of PVC pipe to create these unique mirrors. Best part? She used a hot glue gun to attach the pieces! For all of the details, check out Thrifty and Chic.
7. Movie screen
For $122 you can have an outdoor movie theatre screen in your own backyard! For the complete tutorial, check out Wired.
8. Lemonade Stand
Turn 1 inch PVC pipe into the cutest lemonade stand! Simple Simon and Company has a tutorial for putting the lemonade stand together and for making the fabric cover.
9. PVC pipe vase
There is no cutting involved in these PVC pipe vases! All you need are PVC couplings and caps. Both can be purchased at your local hardware store. For more details, check out Karin Jordan Studios.
10. Snowflake wreath
These next two PVC pipe projects are holiday related. First up, a PVC pipe snowflake wreath perfect all winter long! For the complete tutorial, check out Ashbee Design.
11. PVC pipe ornaments
Add a little whimsy to your Christmas tree with these snowman ornaments. Best part? These are made with pre cut pieces of PVC pipe so no cutting is needed, only a hot glue gun!
PVC pipe toys & games
12. Ladder golf
If you’re looking for an outdoor game to play all summer long, ladder golf is for you! I love that you can spray paint it any color and when summer is over, you can easily take it apart to store until next summer. For the compete tutorial, check out Mom Endeavors.
13. Sensory bin
They used a concrete mixing tub as the bin and added a 1.5″ PVC pipe frame to hold the bin and stand alone. I love that this bin could be used to hold sand, water, or any sensory material for little ones! For more details, check out Life with 2 Little Vikings.
14. Marshmallow gun
Make a marshmallow gun for less than $1.50 a gun! Find the tutorial at We Love Being Moms.
15. Shuttle launcher
All you need to lunch shuttles is an empty 2 liter bottle and a 2 pieces of PVC pipe. Genius! Find the tutorial at Under the Sycamore.
If you have a budding artist on your hands, this table top easel is perfect! For details, check out Instructables.
17. Soccer goal
This PVC pipe soccer goal cost $13 to make! For the complete tutorial, check out Six Sisters Stuff.
These PVC pipe telescopes make the perfect addition to any dress up closet. Best part? The telescope is under a $1.50 each to make, and kids can decorate it to match their mood. For the complete tutorial, check out Obsessively Stitching.
I know a few kids who would love to play sword fight! If you feel like these are to dangerous, consider covering the sword in a pool noodle or foam. Find the tutorial at Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls.
20. DIY sprinkler
Whip up a PVC pipe sprinkler for about $11 to entertain the kids for hours this summer! For more details check out Crafty Sisters.
21. Crazy sprinkler
If you’re looking for a more extravagant sprinkler, check out this PVC pipe sprinkler set up attached to a basketball goal. For more pictures, check out Prairie Daze.
22. DIY Play car wash
Add a misting car wash to the driveway for hours of summer fun.Find the full tutorial at The 5th Brick House on the Right.
PVC pipe play houses
23. Play house
After you make the PVC pipe skeleton, you can either sew a gorgeous cover or use a simple sheet to make an easy fort for the kids! This adorable playhouse even has a mail slot! For more pictures and details, check out Sweetest Littles.
24. Play house
Use PVC pipe to build the frame of a playhouse and then sew a cover with fabric to cover the frame. Adorable! See tons more pictures at PVC plans.
Jen made her kids an 8′ tall PVC pipe tee pee and it turned out awesome! For the complete tutorial check out Tatortots and Jello.
PVC Pipe Organization
PVC pipe can be used to make furniture, games, and this magical material can also organize all of the things. From PVC pipe shelves that hold shoes, wine, and craft paint to a coat rack, PVC pipe is about to up your organization game.
26. PVC pipe shoe rack
You will need a 6′ x 10′ PVC pipe for this modern PVC pipe shoe organizer. For the complete tutorial, check out Home Stories A to Z.
27. Book caddy Craft paint storage
Turn a lazy susan into an adorable book caddy with this tutorial from Apartment Therapy.
28. Utensil holder
This PVC pipe utensil holder doubles as a vase and is the perfect addition to your summer BBQ. Find the complete tutorial at Pretty Handy Girl.
29. Umbrella stand
All you need to make this umbrella stand is a single peice of 6″ diameter PVC pipe. Fund the full tutorial at Curbly.
30. Hanging rack
If you live in a small space this PVC pipe hanging rack is perfect. The website is in Finnish, but can easily be translated, check out Weekday Carnival.
31. Bike rack
If you’re looking for an inexpensive free standing bike rack, this PVC pipe masterpeice has you covered. For more details, check out Instructables.
32. Tooth brush holders
Never loose your kids toothbrushes in the trash can again with these simple cabinet hanging tooth brush holders made out of PVC pipe. Find the tutorial at Crafting in the Rain.
33. Drawer organizer
Here’s a handy way to clean up your underwear drawer with PVC pipe and spray paint. Cutest drawer organizer I’ve ever seen! Details at Infarrantly Creative.
34. Lawn tool organization
Here is a practical solution for storing lawn tools vertically. Hop over to Ashbee Design for the detailed tutorial.
35. Wine rack
The last 2 PVC pipe projects are both wine racks. This PVC pipe wine rack utilizes strips of leather to hold wine bottles. Tutorial originally found at Design Sponge.
36. Wine rack
This simple PVC pipe wine rack is put together with pieces of PVC pipe, epoxy glue and screws. Find a picture tutorial at Adventures in Creating.
Have you made anything with PVC pipes? I’d love to hear…
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Comments & Reviews
I like all the ideas. I have one… how much does it cost to cut 6” tube that is 2 or 3” round in half? And then round the edges. The lighter the weight the better. I created an arm caddy that works wonderful for computer workers. Serious I’ve used mine for 5 years, can’t be with out it.! My wrist before invention was killing me.
Joy Hansen says
I am looking for a hanging thing made from PVC pipes that changes shapes as the wind blows. Our whole neighborhood had then years ago and I would like to bring them back.
randy nelson says
looking for plans on how to make a 4 ft.tall round Christmas tree frame using pvc. can you help or point me in the right direction? thanks!
Steph @ Crafting in the Rain says
Thanks for including my toothbrush holders Jamie! We still love them 🙂