Fun Projects You Can Do with Leftover PVC

Re-purposed PVC Pipe
If you have leftover PVC from your latest plumbing installation, don’t throw it away – instead, put the pipes and fittings to good use with these fun PVC pipe project ideas.

General Materials

Here are the sorts of supplies you’ll need to complete most PVC pipe projects:

  • PVC pipes
  • Fittings/couplings
  • Ratchet cutter, hacksaw, or power miter saw
  • PVC pipe cement/primer
  • Spray or craft paint (optional)

NOTE: If you’re getting your children involved in these fun PVC pipe projects, make sure you use paint that’s safe for kids.

Dog/Baby Gate

Store-bought dog and baby gates are often too long, too tall, or just plain ugly. Why not make your own that looks and works much better for a fraction of the cost? All you need are two long PVC pipes for the length, two short pipes for the height, and four corner pieces to put it all together. Then, cover the entire thing with fabric (you’ll need a sewing machine for this step). There you have it – a dog or baby gate that slides effortlessly between the spindles at the bottom of the staircase.

Bring this PVC project to life with guidance from Sew Many Things.

Industrial Shelving

Do you love the look of industrial-style shelves but don’t want to fork out the dough to buy one? Make your own budget-friendly version out of PVC pipes, fittings, and wood planks! To create that metal piping look, use metallic spray paint. The end result is cheaper, lighter, and more versatile than store-bought shelving.

Get more inspiration from Remodelaholic.

Kids’ Water or Sand Table

If you have young children, a sensory play table is the perfect way to keep them entertained and stimulate their senses. PVC pipes, joints, and caps make up the basics of what you need to create an interchangeable water and sand table – simply alternate between two under-the-bed tubs to switch the style of play.

Learn everything there is to know about this PVC pipe project from Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls.

Laptop Stand

If you enjoy using a laptop at your desk with a separate full-size keyboard and mouse, the screen angle can be quite awkward. Fortunately, you can make a simple, elegant laptop stand with leftover PVC pipe and 90-degree elbow joints. A little spray paint adds just the right finishing touch.

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Clothes Drying Rack

Whether you need a place to drip-dry your delicates or drape towels following an afternoon at the pool, a PVC pipe clothes drying rack is sure to come in handy – without breaking the bank. A few leftover pieces of PVC paired with T-sections and elbow joints comprise the basic supplies you need for this project.

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PVC Water Cannon

You’ll need 20 inches each of 1” and 1 1/4” PVC pipe to make the barrel and piston of a water cannon. To make the mechanism work, you also need an end cap for each PVC pipe, a 3/4” plug, and two O-rings. Of course, the real secret to this water cannon design is 30 feet of dental floss and petroleum jelly.

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These PVC pipe project ideas are all fun and games, but your home’s plumbing is serious business. If you need help with pipe installation, water line repair, or drain cleaning, trust the experts at Mr. Rooter Plumbing. Give us a call today to schedule the plumbing services you need.

This blog is made available by Mr. Rooter LLC, for educational purposes only to give the reader general information and a general understanding of the specific subject above. The blog should not be used as a substitute for a licensed plumbing professional in your state or region. Check with city and state laws before performing any household project.