summer awesomeness {part one}


want to be the fun mom this summer?
or at least for the day.
or every time you pull this out.
doug and i barely had this made before the boys were stripping down to play in it.
on the coldest day we have had in a while.
see hoho in the background running to the house with his shorts around his ankles to go get a swimmy diaper?
now i didn't invent pvc pipe sprinklers. 
but this one will be more than a sprinkler...more on that to come.
but for now, let me share the how-to when it comes to making a sprinkler that will make the neighborhood kids come out of the woodwork. 
here is what we used. plus a drill.  i do not know the names of any of the parts.
here is my meager description of them.  or you could print this photo and take it to lowe's. :)
a = an elbow shaped piece.
b = an elbow shaped piece with a third outlet that had thread on it.
c = an adapter that you screw into two of the b's to make it a smooth...umm...entry?
d = THIS PIECE. you need this to hook your hose into the sprinkler.  screw it into the third b.
a b and c all have ends that are not threaded.  so you can slide your pipe in.
you need five 5ft pvc pips.
we used 3/4in.
you can use any small size you like.
just make sure your other parts fit with it.
cut two of the 5ft pipes in half.
they will be the upright parts from a to b+c.
and assemble as above.
we just dry fit it together with no glue...partly so we could store it and partly to make it better for the other life we have in store for it. :)
then doug drilled holes every inch or so.
he used a tiny drill bit 1/16 maybe?
i thought it would be too small...it was perfect.
on the top bar he did holes on two sides.
for the rest of the pipes he just drilled holes on the top.
i don't think you can go wrong.
the boys were happy to use it as a water fountain.
then they got the hang of it.
and didn't want to get out.
they could jump over.
and through.
and crawl around.
they loved it.
we could also stand it up on it's end.
they loved it this way too.
you can't go wrong with spraying water.
then moses thought we should put it over the slip-n-slide.
genius.
we had to pull them away from it.
shivering.
for your viewing pleasure. :)
we paid about $18 for all the parts. 
and if you think about how much they charge for crappy character sprinklers that is not so bad.
be we aren't stopping here with it...it has a whole other personality. 
stay tuned for more. :)
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12 comments:

Fawnda@Fireflies and Jellybeans said...

Awesome! It is the prefect height for little ones! and the slip an slide is totally cool too! : )

Thanks for the great idea!

Miranda said...

Love it!

Jessica said...

great idea crystal! i will have to remember this one for when i have younguns to occupy during the summer! :)

angela said...

TOTALLY awesome! Can't wait to see what it turns into next.

Shall print out your parts photo for myself!

cbryan said...

That sure does look like fun! Now you've got me curious.. Can't wait to see what else you're doing with it :)

Tameeka said...

how fantastic is this! only two things stopping me from making it right now... i dont have children and it is the middle of winter.. otherwise look out pvc pipe! :) xo

Crystal @ Ordinary Days said...

You deserve a "Mom Award" for that one!!

Nancy said...

agreed. total 100% awesomeness. I think my husband would channel his childhood lego days with this one. fun for all!

Lori @ Beneath the Rowan Tree said...

What a great job! That looks like SO much fun!

Would you like to share this at our link party?
We hold a weekly Playdate for kid & family related posts and would love to have you share: http://beneaththerowantree.blogspot.com/2011/06/playdate-link-party-in-summer-13.html

Cheers,
Lori
Come & Play:: Playdate
www.beneaththerowantree.com

April said...

Looks like fun! I have been wanting to do this with my kiddos...who am I kidding? I want it for me!!! lol ~April @ Wildflowers & Whimsy

Sweet Peas and Bumblebees said...

Looks like SO much fun! And what a great way to beat the heat! I would LOVE if you would link up your project to our {{What I Made Wednesday}} Linky Party...going on now! Thanks and I'm your newest follower! :)

Briana
sweetpeasandbb.blogspot.com

Meyers Family said...

crystal,
i just attempted this......wondering if i put too many holes in as it did not spray all the way around. any suggestions?
whitney :)

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