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DIY Sprinkler Ideas for Summer

DIY Sprinkler Ideas

Looking for some fun ways to beat the heat this summer? Instead of trekking to the beach or the pool, splash around in your own backyard with these sprinkler ideas. They’re great for kids and pets, though adults won’t be able to resist getting in on the fun, too. You can use these unique DIY sprinkler projects to keep cool all summer long.

3 Fun Sprinkler Ideas

How to Create a Sprinkler Out of a Foam Pool Noodle

foam noodle sprinkler
Photo via Flickr by ashleigh290

If you want a cool sprinkler idea that can be made in just minutes, try this fun and family-friendly DIY project.

  1. Get a foam pool noodle. These are often available from the Dollar Store and other affordable retailers.
  2. Block one end of the noodle by inserting some foam or a plastic cap. Duct tape the end securely so no water can escape.
  3. Punch small holes in the pool noodle, making sure each hole goes all the way through from the exterior surface to the inner cavity. You can create a straight line of holes or puncture holes all around the foam exterior. Tip: Start with fewer holes if you’re not sure which pattern you want. You can always add more.
  4. Insert your garden hose into the open end of the noodle. Push it in a few inches so it fits securely inside.
  5. Position your hose and noodle apparatus. You can lay it on the ground and let the water stream upward or hang it over a tree branch or swing set and let the water come out from all sides.
  6. Turn on the water and enjoy a refreshing way to cool off!

How to Create a Sprinkler Out of PVC Pipes

pvc sprinkler

Another fun way to create your own summer sprinklers is by using PVC pipes. It can cover a larger area with a cool spray on those hot days, which encourages the kids to get outside and play.

  1. Purchase PVC pipes, a PVC garden hose fitting, PVC cement, and PVC primer. You can also get PVC T-joints, Y-joints, or elbow joints to create a unique sprinkler shape (flat square, stand-up arch, etc.).
  2. Apply the PVC primer and cement to connect the pipes and fittings. Each application should include just a thin layer of primer and cement. Allow each fitting to dry before moving on to the next.
  3. Drill a small hole every inch or so along the pipes. Buff each hole lightly with a piece of emery paper after drilling. Start with a smaller drill bit — if the spray is too powerful, you can go back and slightly expand the holes.
  4. Attach the hose, turn on the water, and let the fun begin!

TIP: a pipe with a half-inch or three-quarter-inch diameter will deliver the best results in terms of sprinkler water pressure.

How to Create a Sprinkler Out of a 2-Liter Bottle

The classic 2-liter soda bottle has many uses, but one of the best is a homemade sprinkler. This one is easy to make and can spray in a number of ways to keep the whole family cool.

  1. Use a drill to puncture small holes in an empty 2-liter bottle. As already mentioned, it’s always smart to start with fewer and smaller holes so you can increase their quantity and size as needed.
  2. Attach the hose to the opening of the bottle using Tyvek tape.
  3. Position the sprinkler on the ground or hang it from above so that the water sprinkles down all around.
  4. Turn on the water and spray away.

Ready to stay cool this summer? Get started on one of these fun sprinkler ideas today!

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