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Car Wash Activity using PVC Pipes

It’s summer and what better way to celebrate than with a Car Wash Activity!?

I’ve been wanting to make one of these for the kids since the beginning of last summer.  Therefore, one day last month, I was feeling overzealous and I decided then and there and at that particular moment in time that this PVC Pipe Car Wash thing was about to go down.  So I gathered up the kids, we ventured over to Home Depot, we awkwardly gathered our supplies, had our pipes cut to size in the store (thank goodness!) and headed home to work on our little big car wash project.  You guys – this was soooo easy to make and what’s even better is that we’ll be able to use these pieces for years to come!  #worldwidewebhighfive

This whole thing cost me just around fifty bucks and I think it was, and still is, totally worth the money!  Of course, if you make a smaller car wash or if you have any extra PVC Pipes just lying around (hey, you never know ;)), you’ll end up saving some buckeroos.

PVC Pipe Car Wash - www.familyandthelakehouse.com

Seriously, the kids have been loving this thing!  Umbrellas, cars, bikes – our “car wash” has been providing so much entertainment!

We keep it stored in the garage and we’ve used it several times so far this summer and come winter, I can disassemble it and store the pieces in a small storage space in the garage.  Now that’s what I’m talking about!

PVC Pipe Car Wash - www.familyandthelakehouse.com
A smile of approval!
PVC Pipe Car Wash - www.familyandthelakehouse.com
Henry likes to fill up buckets from the water squirting out on the side as well as ride his bike through the “wash” over and over again.
Sidenote:  Where in the heck is Henry’s other shoe?!  LOL!
PVC Pipe Car Wash - www.familyandthelakehouse.com
Oh and I know, I know – where’s Henry’s helmet?  Welp, I asked him to ride through for a photo opp for the blog.  I promise he wears it all the time…okay, most of the time.
#momguilt  #keepingitreal  #seriouslywhereishisshoe
PVC Pipe Car Wash - www.familyandthelakehouse.com
Back to the PVC Pipe Car Wash!

Okay, so here’s what I used:

 7 – 10 foot 3/4 inch PVC pipes cut to 2.5 feet – you should end up with 28 pieces

2 – 10 foot 3/4 PVC pipe cut to 3 feet – cut 3 of these (these will go on top and you’ll have extra pipe to use for anything you want – think flag pole, signage, marshmallow shooter 😉 )

8 PVC T-Joints

11 PVC Elbow Joints

4 PVC Cross Joints

1 PVC pipe hose connector thingy (yup, that’s a technical term 😉 )

1 hose connector

5 pool noodles

2 plastic table coverings/cloths (extras on hand from birthday parties)

1 mop cut across and hung tightly to PVC


Drill and drill bit (be sure to drill while PVC is on the ground…because it can get cray cray – take my word for it)

That’s it!


Oh and you guys, once I turned on the water and it started shooting out in all directions, Henry immediately looked at me and said, “I love you” and, “You’re the best Mom ever!”  Yeah, major brownie points with the kiddos!  Well, that was until I told him he had to eat his asparagus at dinner that night.  😉

In all seriousness, go build this thing – this awesome car wash activity, it’s so much fun and your kids will have a blast!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Marie 🙂

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  1. OMG Marie, this is the cutest, most unique idea that I think I've ever seen! Seriously, girl. THIS IS SO COOL!! I bet the kiddos would be entertained for hours! If this doesn't go viral on Pinterest then I don't know what will!

  2. Wow what a great innovative way to incorporate sprinklers to the trampoline! The way you did it is really simple and easy. However, I would like to know about the pvc hoses you used. Thanks for the post.

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