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Make a PVC Summer Cabana!

Hello Tatertots and Jello Readers!  We are Elizabeth and liZ from over at  Simple Simon and Company.  We are two girls who married brothers and ended up with the exact same names!  We also are both former school teachers, have the same number of children, drive the same kind of mini vans, and live 5 minutes away from each other.  (We know…it’s weird…just ask our mother-in-law :)

Over at Simple Simon and Company we blog daily about our sewing, crafting, and homemaking adventures.  And today we are excited to be here sharing our latest PVC creation for the upcoming summer season.

The PVC Summer Cabana!
We love to build with PVC pipe.  It’s lightweight, easy to put together, easy to store, and…when it comes down to it…it’s just a lot of fun to build with.  (It’s like a giant set of Tinker Toys for adults!)  And, this year we wanted to make something to use during our almost daily, non-stop Slip and Slide, running through the sprinklers, water parties…so a PVC cabana seemed like a perfect choice!
Not only will it give the kids a shady place to cool off with drinks and Popsicles but it also gives them a private place to change in and out of swimsuits (with parental supervision nearby of course!) that doesn’t require running in and out of the house a million times.  It’s perfect!
The cabana was really easy to construct.
Here’s what the cabana looks like without the covering:
 It’s simply 4 legs with a roof!
 Not to bad, right?  (Remember…think giant Tinker Toys!)
Here is the cabana again but this time broken down into the individual pieces that we used to build it:
Here is the breakdown of what each of these pieces are and where they were used:

4 PVC Pipes (for the 4 wall corners) measuring 53 inches long

3 PVC Pipes (to connect 3 of the wall corners on the ground) measuring 28 inches long

2 PVC Pipes (to connect the wall corners on the right and left side of the cabana at the top) measuring 24 and 1/2 inches long

2 PVC Pipes (to connect the wall corners on the front side and the back side at the top) measuring 21 inches long

4 PVC Pipes (to connect to the wall corners on top and form the roof) measuring 23 inches long

14 Pieces of PVC Pipe cut at 2 inches long to join joint pieces to each other (used on corners and the top of the roof)

1 PVC Cross T Joint (for the top of the roof)

10 PVC T Joints (for top corners and cross bars)

12 PVC Elbow Joints (for the roof and bottom corners)

As for the covering we simply measured each flat side of the cabana, then took that measurement and added one fourth of an inch to each side for seam allowance.  After that we cut each piece out and sewed them together.
We used some of Riley Blake Designs fun striped and solid fabrics for the covering and then added a little pop of yellow with a polka dot scallop across the front.  And to finish the whole thing off we added a bird to the roof and ribbon ties to the curtains.
We look forward to this cabana getting lots and lots of use in the summer months ahead.
Thank you Jen for having us here today!
And to see more of our PVC (and sewing) projects…
  … come visit us over at Simple Simon and Company!
Oh my goodness – that is soooo amazing.
Thanks for sharing it with us!!!
Here are some other mind-blowing ideas from Simple Simon and Company:
daddy daughter dress
easy banner skirt tutorial
And not only do they create amazing sewing projects, they also tackle DIY ideas, like this under the counter magnet board.
under the counter magnet board
Be sure to head over to Simple Simon and Company and get inspired – you will love it!! 
Happy Friday!! 
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PS — It’s Friday! 

My favorite day of the week. 

Why?? It’s the time when I can see YOUR great ideas!

I hope you can stop by for the Weekend Wrap Up Party!

I love to feature YOU!

The party starts tonight at 6 pm MST.


  1. Melissa says:

    This is amazing. I need exactly this for a party this summer but not sure I can do this. Any chance you would like to make 2 and sell them?

  2. Can you tell me if you used 1/2 inch or 3/4 inch PVC? And are you happy with how sturdy it is?

  3. I am looking for a golf bag carrier made out of PVC. The one with 2 wheels that you can put your golf bag on and it carries your clubs for you. I would love to try and make one, but don’t have the foggiest idea how to hook the wheels to it. Does anyone have an idea for this?

  4. So absolutely ADORABLE and FUN!!! It reminds me of the one in the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang movie :) Love it :)

  5. This is so great! I love PVC for building fun things for my kids. This is so pretty and bright too!

  6. That cabana is ridiculously adorable!

  7. What a great idea! You girls are so fun!!

  8. Oh the cabana looks wonderful and love the other projects x

  9. LOVE LOVE LOVE that cabana

  10. All of these projects are so cute and so fun! I just love the cabana, and think it is just an adorable idea!

  11. Wow, that cabana is amazing, and it looks really easy to make! Heading over to check out all the rest of the PVC ideas- so cute!!


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