Upcycle a Fluorescent Shop Light

Upcycle a Fluorescent Shop Light

I'm in the process of updating our small laundry room/mudroom on a tight budget, and I had to figure out a way to make the ugly fluorescent light fixture look good with what we had instead of buying a newer, prettier fixture. My solution? Paint and hang old CDs from...

Alternative Wind Energy from Bicycle Parts

Alternative Wind Energy from Bicycle Parts

This summer has been a whirlwind of projects using either PVC or bicycle parts or both. After making the deer deterrent with two bicycle wheels and the hand-pump water gun with PVC, I wondered if I could combine the two into an energy-saving, wind-powered water pump....

Upcycled Steampluck Lamp

Upcycled Steampluck Lamp

This is my favorite of the upcycled lamp series. I found a plain glass lamp body that was open at the bottom and decided to make a romantic version of a steampunk lamp with it. Someone had given me a bag full of old clockwork, so I hot glued and magnet-attached some...

How to Make a Drum out of PVC

How to Make a Drum out of PVC

Here is the last of my PVC projects for this summer: a drum (percussion instrument) made out of a very large PVC joint and a piece of inner tube rubber. It took me about 15 minutes to make and cost me a small donation at the local salvage yard. For this project you...

Make a Kaleidoscope Looking Glass

Make a Kaleidoscope Looking Glass

Here's yet another fun activity you can do with your kids using PVC: make a kaleidoscope looking glass. What's the difference between a regular kaleidoscope and a looking glass one? The first one shows you beads in a different geometric pattern, and the second turns...

Homemade Pump-Style Water Gun

Homemade Pump-Style Water Gun

After making a simple water gun that required no valves and had limited function, I wanted to make a continuous-pump water gun that would work more like a Super-Soaker. I tried various materials for valves and various methods of placing the valves in the gun, and...

Make a Modern Scarecrow/Deer Deterrent

Make a Modern Scarecrow/Deer Deterrent

Even though it's been too cold to garden this spring, somehow my sister has managed to make a few vegetables grow in our garden anyway. In fact, they've grown tall enough for deer to notice. That wouldn't be a problem if our wind wall wrapped around the entire garden...

Build a Fort With PVC Pipe

Build a Fort With PVC Pipe

It's amazing what kids will do with a little bit of adult help and a lot of imagination. One of the projects for this summer's "fun with PVC" includes this lopsided fort built on top of a wood platform set between two trees. After re-securing and re-surfacing the...