Introduction: 3 Things You Can Make From PVC Pipes (Part 1)

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It's always a good idea to keep some PVC pipes at home, because they can be very handy.

PVC pipes are like Lego's for adults.

In this Instructable, we will have a look at 3 Things that you can make from PVC pipes.

We'll make a foam cutter, hacksaw and a selfie stick.

You will need:

For the Foam Cutter:

For the HackSaw:

  • PVC Pipe
  • Hacksaw blade
  • Steel wire
  • Split washers

For the Selfie Stick:

  • 2 different size PVC pipes (smaller should perfectly fit inside of the big one)
  • Steel wire
  • PVC cap
  • Twist - Hose clamp
  • A screw that fits your camera

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Step 1: Handheld PVC Foam Cutter

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Make sure to wear a respirator or heat the PVC outside!

I took a pipe bender spring and put it inside of the PVC.

I heated up the PVC in the place I was going to bend it.

Then I carefully bent it.

The procedure was repeated until the pipe took the desired shape.

Step 2: Handheld PVC Foam Cutter

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The I trimmed it shorter and drilled a hole for the cables.

Step 3: Handheld PVC Foam Cutter

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I drilled a hole in a PVC cap to insert an eye bolt.

After crimping terminals to the cables, I attached them to the bolts.

Then I put the caps onto the PVC ends.

Step 4: Handheld PVC Foam Cutter

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I used an universal power adapter as my power source.

I soldered it to the cables coming out from the PVC (polarity does not matter)

I used a heat-shrink tubing to isolate the connection and make it look neater.

Then I glued it to the PVC with a black glue.

Step 5: Handheld PVC Foam Cutter

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To make sure the handle does not move sideways when I hold it, I glued it together.

Step 6: Handheld PVC Foam Cutter

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I stretched a nichrome wire across the bolts.

Because our PVC pipe is flexible, the wire will stay tight even when it heats up or cools down.

Step 7: Handheld PVC Foam Cutter

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You can regulate the heat by changing the voltage.

Foam can be cut just like the butter.

Step 8: PVC HackSaw

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After inserting the spring into the PVC, I heated up the pipe.

Then I kept shaping the PVC, until it looked like a letter "C".

Step 9: PVC HackSaw

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I put a smaller spring inside of the pipe to make sure I could get it out later.

I wrapped the pipe with a steel wire that was attached to the table.

Step 10: PVC HackSaw

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To make sure the pipe does not unfold when heated, I tied it together with an electrical tape.

I heated up a small part of PVC and then pulled it UP to create a pattern.

When the pipe was cold again, I changed the position of the wire and repeated the same procedure.

I also did it on the other side of the pipe.

Step 11: PVC HackSaw

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Then I cut the pipe shorter and made a few cuts to insert the blade.

Step 12: PVC HackSaw

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And last, I put in the blade.

Just like with the foam cutter, the PVC will keep the blade tight.

Step 13: PVC Selfie Stick

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I made a "swirl" pattern in a PVC pipe

Step 14: PVC Selfie Stick

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I made 4 cuts in the pipe

Step 15: PVC Selfie Stick

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I took a smaller pipe and drilled a hole in it.

Then I heated it up and made it flat-ish.

Step 16: PVC Selfie Stick

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I squeezed a screw in the vice and put a small PVC ring on top of it.

After heating it up with a heat gun, I used 2 pliers to make a "T" grip/handle.

Step 17: PVC Selfie Stick

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"T" grip screw will serve to hold the camera.

I decided to bend the pipe to make sure the camera is at the right angle.

Step 18: PVC Selfie Stick

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I took a hose clamp and painted it black.

Then I put it on top of the big pipe to hold the smaller one.

Now you can adjust the length of the small pipe.

Step 19: PVC Selfie Stick

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And last, I glued a white cap on the bottom of the stick.


El.Dan.05 (author)2016-04-13

Or maybe a simple truck bed tent? :D Made this from pictures I found online. Don't have a link - I'm too lazy to duckduckgo and search, sorry. But just add an air mattress and BAM! instant (festival, in this case) getaway.

iristana (author)2016-03-14

love they way you make the foam cutter will make this for my daughter who does a lot of crating for her neices

TeleDex (author)iristana2016-03-16

I coach Junior High sports and while there are many children I would like to "crate" I believe it might be illegal. Oh . . . you probably meant "crafting, not "crating." B^)

ShakeTheFuture (author)iristana2016-03-16

Thank You!

connieliang (author)2016-03-15

Neat! Really admire ur work! Don't cut your finger nail to short it supposed to protect your fingers your sharing, keep doing it!

It's a bad habit I have :(

I am biting my nails.

I don't know how to stop doing it.

I should try one of those anti-nail biting nail polishes.


anayjoshee (author)2016-03-15

Very neat and impressive foam cutter, grip and wing nut idea
very handy, Thanks

Thank You!

Dawsie (author)2016-03-12

I loved how you made the t-nut I have been looking at making some with wood but now I think I will use your idea :-) it's fast and easy and looks cool too :-)

I could not make up my mind which one I liked the most as they are all great ideas:-)

The styrofome cutter is one that I will be making as this will come in handy for my hobbies :-) and will save me hours of cleaning up small balls from every nock and granny :-) now I just have to see if that plug can be bought here in Australia for our power points :-) have not seen one of those in years :-) not since I was in England at least :-)

I am not one for selfies but it was a very good build I know of someone who will love it so I will be making one for them for their birthday :-) thanks for a great idea :-)

They are all great ideas :-) thanks for sharing them with us :-)

ShakeTheFuture (author)Dawsie2016-03-14

I hope you'll find the power adapter :)

Thank You!

SjaakS2 made it! (author)2016-03-06

Interesting ideas.... this is what I made from PVC pipes... I live in Thailand and we need a lot of protection against the sun. So in order to grow salad and other crops I made this construction. The green covering blocks the sun for around 40%, which is sufficient. On top I have sprinklers, so you just need to open the tap and everything gets sprayes. It's my first attempt and there is a lot of room for improvement. Also the frame (it's not necessary) can be filled with water, to add some more weight....

Dawsie (author)SjaakS22016-03-12

I love the veggie frame :-) frame and watering all in the one unit now that's a clever way of doing it :-) I will have to look at doing that for my veggie boxes I live in the outback of Queensland so it's hot nearly all year around during the day :-) so this would work wonders :-) thanks :-) for adding the picture :-)

SjaakS2 (author)Dawsie2016-03-12

You're welcome. Today I moved it and will make special beds for the veggies, so it will be easier to reach them. The frame will be lifted and attached on top of the beds.

Dawsie (author)SjaakS22016-03-13

I can relate to that :-) we have make veggie boxes so I can reach them from the wheelchair we found that they have to be narrower than what I first wanted just so I can reach the centre of the boxes :-)

But this gave us the option to add a water table under the veggie boxes so that when it rains we can collect the rain water and use this for watering the plants which also means all nutrients will also be saved too and not run off into the surrounding area which is a plus :-) but I want to hook the veggies water table to my fishpond that I am planing to build as the nutrients the fish give off will also be used on the veggie boxes :-)

Good luck with the new setup for your veggie boxes and watering system :-) maybe you should write your own Instructables of what you are doing :-)

ShakeTheFuture (author)SjaakS22016-03-07

That looks amazing.

Thanks for sharing!

SjaakS2 (author)ShakeTheFuture2016-03-07

Thank you.... :)

pstaples2 (author)SjaakS22016-03-07


I want to build something like this is the coming weeks. do you have a full guide??

SjaakS2 (author)pstaples22016-03-07

No guide, but it is easy to built... buy plenty of T-pieces, L pieses and 2 1/2 " pipes. You can't have the pipes too long as they will bend and the frame is not strong. That's why I have the pipes nowhere longer then 1 mtr.
Also use a pvc pipe saves so much time and effort.
The sprinkler is seperate from the whole frame.
It took me a day or so to build it.
This frame is standing on it's own, but the next one will be standing on concrete and will have a square instead of a tent shape....

tcollo (author)2016-03-07

The PVC Foam Cutter is great. Wish I had one last year but I'll make one now.

ShakeTheFuture (author)tcollo2016-03-07


Wileaux (author)2016-03-07

I love the selfie stick but am unsure how to release the shutter other than using the timer on the camera itself? Am I missing something?

ShakeTheFuture (author)Wileaux2016-03-07

Since I am not sure with what camera I am going to use it, there was no point to make a shutter release button as different cameras have different ways to do release it.

If you make the selfie stick for a mobile phone, then this is an option:

In the Instructable "Make a Super Selfie Stick", the selfie stick had a bluetooth shutter release button, but I never used it as most of mobile phones these days can take a picture with a voice command. I am not sure if that remote works with cameras.

Mostly I will use the selfie stick for videos so I don't need the button.

I guess the easiest option (for the camera) is to buy a mini shutter release remote and tie it to the stick.


fergio (author)2016-03-07

Bravo è proprio una bella idea

ShakeTheFuture (author)fergio2016-03-07

Thank You!

KROKKENOSTER (author)2016-03-07

Very good info here but just a tip on hacksaws ALWAYS RELEASE THE TENTION on the blade this prevent future having to discard a good frame. Junior hacksaw that is made out of a bent wire and this instructable too, fit the blade "Back to front" and do your cutting when you DRAW the blade backwards! Give a more controlled cut and the frame tension stay the same especially when you saw thin material.

That's is a very useful infoirmation.

Thank You!

azizkres (author)2016-03-04

Awesome... I like the selfie stick because of its adjustability.

ShakeTheFuture (author)azizkres2016-03-07


DarrenO2 (author)2016-03-04

Hey man, GREAT!!! I was blown away by the selfie stick. The fact you made wing screws is great. The hack saw proved to me that it was sturdy. I have not known of the foam cutter before. These projects and more make me want and drive me to clean out my garage. Thanks again. You are a great help.

ShakeTheFuture (author)DarrenO22016-03-07

Thank You!

BAURO (author)2016-03-04

i love the selfie stick!

ShakeTheFuture (author)BAURO2016-03-07

Thank You!

foolishcop (author)2016-03-06

The T-nut alone is worth the Instructable! I have so many uses for them. I've also made PVC foam cutters before, but none so elegantly as this one. Nice work!

Thank You!

2hess (author)2016-03-06

I love all of it. I'm blown away by your use of hot air. You just gave me an excuse (more like three excuses) to buy a heat gun. I will most probably build the foam cutter - and go crazy with it. The T-bolt is just magic. ;-)

Thank you very much for sharing!

ShakeTheFuture (author)2hess2016-03-07

Thank You!

monarchi (author)2016-03-06

Thank you. This was extremely well-done and informative.

ShakeTheFuture (author)monarchi2016-03-07

Thank You!

Lextone (author)2016-03-06

You can also fill the pvc with sand to heat and bend.

ShakeTheFuture (author)Lextone2016-03-07

I heard about it, but never tried it.

I would try it for a very long piece of PVC.

Maybe If I would make a PVC hula hoop :)

asujath2000 (author)2016-03-06


Thank You!

BackyardWoodworks (author)2016-03-06

I liked the 'DIY' wing nut!


rsfluffy (author)2016-03-06

The spirals are very nice, I've carved them, machined them but never formed them in PVC, again nice.

ShakeTheFuture (author)rsfluffy2016-03-07

Thank You!

jojohound (author)2016-03-06

That was really cool

ShakeTheFuture (author)jojohound2016-03-07


valveman (author)2016-03-06

Great ideas with PVC.

ShakeTheFuture (author)valveman2016-03-07

Thank You!

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