Crafts · kids

DIY Sprinklers

The Source: TipHero (also my friend Emily B, thanks Emily)

The Promise:

If you’re lacking a sprinkler, you don’t have to go out and buy one. All you need is this easy DIY! This DIY hack is a must for the next time your kids need to cool off from the heat or for when you’re hosting some neighborhood friends! You only need two simple things for a whole lot of summer fun.

ACTUALLY you need five things: a pool noodle, a hose, a pair of scissors, tape, and a skewer.

(I realize that’s mildly pedantic.)

After the moderate-to-severe failure of my last attempt at outdoor summer fun, I felt it was time to give this life-hacky (pun intended?) DIY a try. The concept is simple: jab some holes in a pool noodle, tape one end shut and the other end to your hose, and ta-da, it’s a summer wonderland!

The Process:

Of course I had to show up at Walmart on the one day they only had enormous pool noodles. But I figured it would work just as well, so into the cart it went. I perused the tape options and pondered. I hadn’t been able to find our duct tape and didn’t want to tell my husband what I was doing (I figured he’d have Opinions). But now, faced with a dizzying array, I had to admit to myself that I am not a tape person. I don’t know what all the different ones do, or whether they’re waterproof or stretchy or good for wires or good for pipes, so you’d think I would just go with the instructions and buy some duct tape.

I bought electrical tape.

 

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My kitchen scissors were definitely not up to the task of whacking through the oversized noodle, but a serrated bread knife worked amazingly well. My reasons for ignoring the instructions I’m sure seemed very good in my head at the store, but less compelling as I tried to tape up the end of the enormous noodle. After a while I managed something that seemed reasonably appropriate, and after poking in a line of holes, it was out the door we went.

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The shortcomings of my tape decisions were all the more evident as I was faced with taping the hose to the noodle, a part of the instructions that reaaallllly puts the “hack” in “life hack”, as in “hack job”, and I gazed at my creation and thought, “my husband is probably not going to think this is the world’s greatest idea.”

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But honey this is for my blog

“It’s leaking!” my child shrieked as I turned on the water. And it was!

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But it was also – kind of – working?

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My daughter played happily in the sprinkler for a good twenty minutes, at which point I decided that was enough of flooding the backyard (there was a lot of water spilling out the hose end of the contraption) and pulled the plug.

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My husband emerged to survey my activities. “Why did you use electrical tape?” he asked.

I explained.

“So you ignored the instructions?” He raised an eyebrow. “Is your blog called ‘Anna Kind Of Slapped Something Together’?”

“I’m going to make another and do it the right way,” I told him hotly, as if it hadn’t just occurred to me. “And I’m also going to do this other sprinkler idea I found!”

AND THEN I DIDN’T.

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Promise Kept?

I’m going to have to go with – yes! This is a bit silly and fiddly compared to an actual sprinkler, but my kid loved it, and the build was fast, easy, and cheap.

Final Thoughts:

Ok, look. You can buy all kinds of different sprinklers for less than $20, and as far as that goes, a real sprinkler is probably more fun. But not everyone has $20, and these are a very reasonable alternative. My daughter liked being able to stand on and manipulate the soft noodle, and the spouts were low and gentle, making this a great option for a very young child or one who is nervous around water.

Hooray summer!

 

Have a suggestion for Anna to try – recipe, craft, or project? Send me a message or leave it in the comments!

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