Anyone got any tips for a baby fence?

I'm wondering if anyone has any idas on how I could make a cheap, portable baby yard style fence. For those who don't know, I'm talking about a 2.5'ish foot fence that can circle around and attatch to itself, essentially trapping your kid in an area. The commercial ones tend to cost 50 and up if you hope to give the kid a decent amount of area. I'm just wondering if anyone here has come up with a solution, or has an idea in their head that make work. Thanks, Tony

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bfoxwell6 years ago
Here is what you should do.

Make four PVC rectangles that are 5' wide, and 3' tall (or measure a small trunk and fit those measurements)

Now, make 4 PVC rectangles that are just smaller enough that the can fit inside the other four squares (so you have 8 pieces that take the space of four)

Using PVC that is ever-so-slightly larger in diameter than the rest, make hinges by heat gluing two sections of pipe 2' long, and inserting the edges of each square inside them. Now you can fold it up into itself just by taking off one hinge.

Then you need to get a cotton roll, wrap each square, collating horizontally wrapped and vertically wrapped. Finally wrap in the same manner with fabric.

Be sure to sew it tight, and you have yourself a fine day.
toekneebullard (author) 9 years ago
Thanks guys. Rishnai, the idea would be mobility. Our yard is fenced, but lets say I take my family out to a park to BBQ, and don't want him anywhere near a hot iron BBQ pit....
Ah, I get it. Yeah, my idea is a little cumbersome. Maybe fence off the barbeque instead with your chosen fence since the area'd be smaller?
NachoMahma9 years ago
. How about a combination of just about everyone elses' ideas? . Make some frames out of 1" or 1.5" PVC pipe and use zip-ties to hold some kind of netting in the frames (or "stitch" it in with twine - zip-ties can get expensive after a while). Use Velcro straps to hold one frame to another. . You should be able to make ~6' long panels if you will add a support in the middle. Ie, two 3' frames with a common side (use tees). Adjust dimensions to fit in your car.
PS: If you do use zip-ties, be aware that the cut end can be amazingly sharp.
How about those green plastic rolls of fencing like they use at construction sites? They sell them in the garden section at lowes...
Oh, wait, caitlinsdad said that already...
Look at the mongolkian yurt 'ibles, seem the walls are mad of that type of fence...
patnet3699 years ago
i think plastic ladice hinged together with a clousure on one side would be the most portable of course frame the ladice with plywood to make it child friendly
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