I’m so excited to share this month’s #LowesCreator post! This DIY kiddie car wash is absolutely perfect for summer outdoor fun, easy to build, and something the kiddos absolutely LOVE!
As a Lowe’s Creative Ideas Blogger, the theme of June & July’s posts centered around summer outdoor projects. Last month, we built a fun outdoor game (kid-friendly DIY Ladder Golf). Everyone loved it. So, we knew we wanted to build something else for some outdoor family fun this month. We had some grandiose plans. But, with the birth of Baby Brother sooner than we expected, we needed to make something simple instead. The big boys have been having to entertain themselves for periods of time a lot lately & they so badly want to play outside (but that’s difficult when it’s 100+ degrees). So, inspired by The Idea Room’s (fellow #LowesCreator) PVC sprinkler and the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Kids’ Car Wash Sprinkler, we decided to make one and it’s SO fun!!! 🙂
- 8 10-ft. pieces of 3/4″ PVC pipe
- 11 PVC T-joints
- 7 PVC elbow-joints
- 4 PVC cross joints
- 4 PVC caps
- 1 hose connector
- 7 pool noodles
- 5 sponges
- colored nylon rope
- plastic table cloths (you could also use trash bags)
- drill & 1/16″ drill bit
- hacksaw or pvc cutters
- permanent marker
For the decorative portion, you could really use a variety of supplies. We purchased everything from Lowe’s (even the pool noodles), except for the table cloths which I happened to have on hand from past birthday parties. To build the actual sprinkler, the cost is less than $25. Any additional cost comes from what you buy or have on hand to decorate with.
- The first step is to cut the PVC pipes (sometimes they will do this for you at Lowe’s). Cut 3 3-foot pieces, 26 2.5-foot pieces, 2 1-foot pieces, and 3 6-inch pieces.
- Use one of the 6-inch pieces & attach it to the hose connector. For added stability of that connection, we glued it together with PVC glue.
- Assemble the structure.
You’ll use the joints to connect all the 2.5-foot pieces together. The 3-foot pieces are the horizontal connectors at the top of the frame. The 1-foot pieces get capped off. The, remaining two 6-inch pieces go at the top of the front, with caps on them and are used to stick the pool noodle on them. Here’s an image to help visualize:Once the frame is built, you’ll need to drill holes in your structure. This is a bit of trial and error. We started with fewer holes & added more (after the water pressure was so strong that our structure blew apart!). To drill the holes, we used a 1/16″ drill bit. We ended up with about 4 or 5 across each 3-foot piece, 2 or 3 in the vertical 2.5-foot pieces, and we drilled a hole in the top of the caps on the 1-foot pieces.
Once you have the holes & water working the way you want, then decorate! Pool noodles (cut in half), nylon cord, a few sponges, and some plastic table cloths. Making some DIY sponge balls to attach would be super fun too! The “Kiddie Car Wash” sign is just a folded plastic table cloth written on with permanent marker. We punched holes in the corners and attached to the frame! This is the spot to have fun & be creative– there are so many different things you can do!
Then, all that’s left is to turn the water on and have fun playing!!! A total blast of outdoor fun that is perfect for summer! The kids loved going through on various “vehicles” and just running through themselves! So, so fun! 🙂 For more fun outdoor DIY ideas, check out this roundup of #LowesCreator ideas. And, if you need to do some outdoor cleaning, you can enter to win a great prize pack from Lowe’s and P&G through Friday (8/3).
Disclosure: I am a member of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Creators & Influencers Network and receive a Lowe’s gift card to complete my projects. All opinions & experiences are entirely my own.