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Pipe Dreams: 8 Unexpected Projects Using PVC

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I can’t say I’ve ever visited the plumbing aisle of the hardware store, but these projects using PVC pipe are making me think it’s about time to stop on by. Working with PVC may not be for the casual crafter — most projects require cutting the pipe with a saw — but the results are amazing! Our round-up ranges from decorations for your home to organization staples to a couple projects for the kids. I think you’ll be buying this inexpensive material soon, too!


  • Fun Frame 1 of 8
    Fun Frame
    This frame would make quite the statement in your house with little cost. Use differently sized pieces of pipe and stagger them throughout the frame. And make sure to wear your safety goggles — this craft calls for a miter saw!
    Click here for the tutorial from BHG
  • Kid Wash 2 of 8
    Kid Wash
    Building a "car wash" in your yard would provide hours of entertainment during the summer. Just be prepared for all the kids in the neighborhood to come over.
    Click here for the tutorial from Family Fun
  • Mirrors 3 of 8
    Mirrors
    Dress up plain, round mirrors with slices of PVC pipe. You get a much more interesting and sophisticated look with an open, neutral feel.
    Click here for the tutorial from Thrifty and Chic
  • Peg Board Storage 4 of 8
    Peg Board Storage
    This idea would work great for a number of organizational needs: in the garage, the office, or for your craft space. This would add a clean yet tough look to wherever you decide to hang it.
    Click here for the tutorial from Family Handyman
  • Vases 5 of 8
    Vases
    We love the mix of tough and industrial with soft and feminine here. This looks like a simple project, and I love the colors they chose to paint the otherwise boring pipe.
    Click here for the tutorial from Lolalina
  • Pen Storage 6 of 8
    Pen Storage
    Right now the random collection of pens we have in our house are stored in a Ziploc bag. This is a much better alternative — no digging for the perfect color! Plus, this setup can be customized to fit the size of your pen or marker collection.
    Click here for the tutorial from Zentangle Fun
  • Play Tent 7 of 8
    Play Tent
    This is only the frame for the tent, but add some sheets or a custom-made fabric tent, and you've got an instant fort. We like how you can tweak the dimensions to your liking — and pay way less than if you purchased a similar tent at the store!
    Click here for the tutorial from Sweetest Littles
  • Camp Chairs 8 of 8
    Camp Chairs
    The maker of these chairs even added custom monogrammed seats so each kid had their very own. Practical — and cute!
    Click here for the tutorial from Simple Simon

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