DIY Projects with PVC
Create your own DIY Mini Magnetic Stand to use for storytelling, interactive math activities, centers, and more! An easy DIY project to create the mini magnetic board out of PVC, metal cookie sheets (from the dollar store), and velcro! Put the mini magnetic board to great use at Halloween- use a round metal pan and sharpie to create a magnetic spider web.
DIY Mini Anchor Chart Stand
PVC is such a versatile tool for creating teaching supplies. I created a mini-anchor chart stand and love how sturdy and useful it is for holding directions, anchor charts, and whatever I need. See the DIY directions for the Mini Anchor Chart Stand here.
I made a spider web out of a pizza pan from the dollar store this year, but was having a terrible time trying to hold up the web and act out poems at the same time. PVC came to the rescue! I created a smaller version of the Mini Anchor Chart Stand that could easily hold my metal cooking sheets. It turned a cookie sheet into a magnetic center. When you put the cookie sheet on the stand, you create something exciting from something mundane. It also is perfect for kids to interact with material.
Use for Storytelling & Poems
It is also perfect for holding pictures/ manipulatives for your stories, poems, and any instruction. I used it here for a five little spider poem and song. You can get your free copy here.
You will need:
- 50 inches of 1/2 inch PVC Pipe
- Cutting Implement (I use a Ratcheting PVC Cutter. The ratchet makes it very easy to slice through PVC. My tool cuts up to 2 1/2 inch PVC)
- 2 Tee Sockets- Should fit 1/2 inch PVC pipe
- 6- 90 degree Elbow Joints-Should fit 1/2 inch PVC pipe
- Optional: Decorative Duct Tape or Spray Paint
Here are the dimensions for the completed stand. Width 8″ and Height 10″.
DIY Mini Magnetic Stand Directions
This project is very simple. Use a ratcheting PVC cutting tool, for an easier cut.
1. First, cut all your PVC pipe to the correct dimensions. Cut two 10″ pieces, three 8″ pieces, and four 1″ pieces.
2. To create the base of the stand, insert the 1″ pipe into both sides of the Tee Socket. Do this for both sides of the base. Attach a 90 degree elbow joint to each side of the Tee Socket.
3. Push the 10″ PVC pipe into the top of each Tee Socket. Push an 8″ pipe into each of the Elbow Joints on the Base.
4. Finally, push the Elbow Joints onto the top of the stand and attach the 8″ section of pipe across the top. You’re created the stand for the magnetic board! For more fun, use decorative duct tape and affix it to the PVC, or spray paint the PVC.
5. Attach the pizza pan or cookie sheet to the stand by adding Velcro with adhesive to the sides and top of the stand. In the picture, I attached small sections of velcro to the stand; however, after using for the stand for awhile I attached Velcro the entire length of each section. This keeps it from pulling off every time I switch the magnetic surface. Then, add small sections of Velcro to the back of the cookie sheet, or pizza pan.
Thanks for stopping by to check out my Mini Magnetic Stand. I love it and hope you will, too! Check out some of the fun ways I use the magnetic stand!
Ways I Use the Mini Magnetic Stand:
Spider Math Pack: I use it with these fun spider math poems and songs. Great for center activities! You can get this pack here.