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In the DIY world, there are great projects, and then there are the truly genius projects that make life a little more exciting. Jennifer at Hope Studios is not just a cool mom, she also creates genius projects worth celebrating.
Some of Jennifer’s kid-friendly work includes a small hockey court made with a sheet of plywood and 2x4s. Yes, please! Or how about the time she hacked curtain sheers for an epic game of glow-in-the-dark flag football. Incredible!
But it’s her DIY slip ‘n slide that’s caught our eye. With a little ingenuity and a lot of plastic sheeting she created the ultimate end-of-summer water slide. And the best part is it that it only takes about 20 minutes to set up, so just about anyone can recreate it.
So where does Jennifer get her inspiration? “I love to browse Pinterest and other blogs,” she says. Even a trip to the hardware store can inspire her next great idea.
Read on to inspire your next epic project—and learn how to create a DIY slip ‘n slide in your own backyard.
MATERIALS AND TOOLS:
- Heavy-duty plastic sheeting
- Landscape anchor pins
- Garden hose
- Baby soap (optional)
Is it possible to do this in a flat yard? Jennifer says yes, but she was lucky enough to be able to run her 65 feet of plastic sheeting downhill for the ultimate DIY slip ‘n slide.
Jennifer folded her sheeting in half lengthwise to provide an extra layer between the kids and the ground for a sliding surface of 4 x 65 feet.
She anchored the sides of sheeting—making sure they didn’t stick out so little arms and legs were safe on the way down.
Now the fun part. Turn on the hose to wet the slide. Or use Jennifer’s extra fun idea: add some baby soap to make the plastic extra slippery.
She says, “You can leave the hose at the top of the slide for lubrication, or you can attach a sprinkler head like I did so the kids slide through a nice, cooling shower on the way down.”
Admire your hard work. You’ll know it’s paid off by how many times the kids use the slide.
“My kids (and all the kids in the neighborhood) played on it for hours for days,” said Jennifer. “We finally had to pull it up so we didn’t kill the grass.” She recommends moving it around the yard to avoid dead patches on your lawn.
Jennifer says, “The baby soap/inner tube combo is SUPER FAST!”
Thanks to our Genius! DIYer Jennifer at Hope Studios for sharing with us! For more on this project and to learn how she safely anchored her plastic sheeting to the lawn, check out her blog.