Head to your local hardware store for the following 3/4" pipe and fittings:
2 ten foot lengths of PVC
3 end caps
1 threaded female hose connector (slip fit)
2 elbow joints (90 degree)
2 T connections
Time to cut.
You will need the following sections and sizes:
2 at 5 feet
1 at 4 feet
4 at 18 inches
Cut one of the 10' lengths in half so that you have two 5' sections. Then, cut a 4' section from the second one. Cut the remaining 6' section in half and then each of the 3' sections in half.
Time to Drill.
We want all the sprinkler holes pointing more or less in the same direction, so start out by making a center line on the three longest pieces of pipe. Hold two pieces of pipe next to one another and use one as a guide to mark the other. The angle you hold your pen/pencil at isn't important, just keep it the same and you'll end up with a straight line. I found that a 5/32" drill bit was perfect for the holes we wanted.
Make sure there are no PVC chips or other debris in the pipes before assembly. Fit the drilled pipes together to form a "U" shape with all the drilled holes facing inward. Once you're satisfied glue up the "U", making sure the holes stay facing inward.
Time to Assemble.
Now that the "U" is glued, we need a base to stand it up on. Assemble the "U" and the base without glue. Make sure the base pieces are parallel with each other, and perpendicular to the plane of the "U". You can place the base pieces on either edge of a sidewalk for a handy reference before gluing it up. Line the "T" pieces up with each side of a crack, then make the base pieces parallel to the edges of the sidewalk and you're ready for the final glue.
Once the glue is dry, you can attach your hose and try it out.
Supplies Needed; Large balloons, pool noodle, duct tape, and pompoms
*Adults Only* Cut a 2-3" section of pool noodle. We used a steak knife to cut ours.
Tie the end of your (deflated) balloon in a knot. Cut off a small piece of the top of the balloon. Take your balloon and stretch it over the end of the pool noodle. Then seal the edge of the balloon with a round of your duct tape. See the photos below for a better idea of how to assemble the poppers.
Supplies Needed; Cheap plastic beads, pie tin (or cupcake tin) and ribbon to hang
Place your beads, with the holes facing up, in the pie tin (or cupcake tin). You do not need to grease or prep the pan. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place pan in oven for 20 minutes, or until all beads are melted. When melted, remove pan from oven, and allow to cool. Once cool, remove your sun catcher from the pan, add a ribbon to hang, and display as desired.
Pool noodles seem to overly abundant, and cheap, this time of year. We decided to pick up a couple at the local dollar store and create marble chutes. We cut them in half using a steak knife. The cutting was very easy to do, and barely made a mess. We then used a tv tray, some painters tape, and a bucket to catch the marbles at the bottom.
As the project became more elaborate we incorporated toilet paper rolls and match box cars.