As a one of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas bloggers, one of the options for this month’s theme was outdoor organization. With little ones in the house, toys are one thing that could always use some organizing. The boys have a fun selection of outdoor toys & cars, but we didn’t have a good place for them or a great organizational scheme. Not only does it not look nice to just have toys strewn about the backyard, but in the Arizona sun toys don’t stand a chance. With direct sun exposure, the toys get faded, brittle, and ruined quickly. We wanted something to help the boys’ favorite toys last longer, while also creating some better organization. With a long section of unused wall space on the side of the house, we decided to build a covered parking garage for all those fun kiddie cars! Building our little covered car park was really easy, with just a few supplies and with just a little bit of cutting involved. Here’s what you’ll need (the amount will depend on what size you’re making):
- 3/4″ pvc pipe (we needed five 10′ pieces for ours)
- PVC elbow & T- joints
- Corrugated polycarbonate/plastic roof panel(s)
- Drop cloth (or other heavy duty fabric)
- Clip rings for hanging the curtain
- Saw to cut the pvc
- Scissors to cut the fabric
- Screws & drill (to attach the roof panel)
- wire stakes
You’ll start by making a simple frame out of the pvc pipe and joints (however big or small you need for your space). Once your frame is set along the wall to your liking, you can use some curved wire stakes over the pipe to help secure in the ground. If you’d like your parking garage fully covered (like ours), then cut some drop cloth to size for the sides and attach (using screws or a heavy duty glue/adhesive). For the front, I slid on some clip rings (found in window treatments section at Lowe’s) to the front pvc pipe. Then, cut drop cloth to use as curtains for the front space as well. Once that’s done, you’ll attach the roof. Just take your roofing panel(s) so that the grooves rest on the pvc pipe well and screw it into the pipe in 2-3 different spots along the sides and back. And, that’s it! With just a bit of work and supplies, we’ve got a designated place for those toys that will really help them be better protected from the elements! If you want to add some wall art, you could even make a cute kid car parking garage sign to go above! Then, in the summer, when the cars need some washing, be sure to build a kiddie car wash! It’s perfect for summer fun!
What outdoor organizational/decor ideas are you hoping to tackle this spring?
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