Picture this, you are having a backyard party at your beach house a day from now. You will have lots of sandy folks wanting to go in your freshly cleaned house. What will prevent this from happening? An outdoor shower of course!

But you:

a) don't want to spend a lot of money on a temporary set up
b) want to try and offer a pleasant experience (aka, not a freezing one!)
c) you want it to be a good party conversation starter

Well I have a fun / easy / inexpensive solution... A simple solar heated hose system with an up-cycled can as the shower head.


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Step 1: Supply List

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(x1) 100 foot long black garden hose
(x1) large shelf bracket
(x1) small shelf bracket
(x6) 5/8" stainless wood screws
(x1) 3/4" Male / Female garden hose fitting
(x1) 3/4" Male / Female garden hose fitting w/ valve
(x1) O ring hose washer
(x6) 14" black zip ties
(x1) aluminum can (I used a Mike's Harder Lemonade can)
(x1) bag of large smooth stones (I got mine at Home Depot)

cordless drill
box cutter with fresh blade
fine tip Sharpie pen
wooden spoon or stick

Step 2: Pull Tab

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Remove the tab from the empty can that is to be transformed into the shower head.

Step 3: Mark It

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Take the hose fitting without the valve and place the male threaded side down on top of the can, so that it's circumference lines up as best as possible with the drink hole in the can. Use the pen to trace the fitting outline onto the can top.

Step 4: Cut It Out

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Using the box cutter, carefully shave away the metal until you end up with the traced circle cut out.

Step 5: Make it Holey

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Using the tip of the box cutter, carefully puncture holes into the bottom of the can. Do this by lightly pressing the blade tip into the soft aluminum and then twisting the blade back and forth a little bit. Do an outer ring and an inner ring, like pictured.

jangatewood1 month ago

What a GREAT step by step instructional. I will add several pairs of inexpensive flip flops for my guests so they don't have to stand barefooted on the stones.

SamuelA111 months ago

man this is really nice

Kinkle1 year ago

It would be much more efficient to lay the hose out really long. Well done though

chilfi11 year ago

Interesting Idea. I understand this is sponsor by mikes lemonade but I assume the same results could be achieved with a can and use a brass hose fitting or even a standard shower head

I agree. A standard shower head would be the cherry on top for me, at least!

Paige Russell (author)  chilfi11 year ago


ihart1 year ago

Nicely done!

Next project idea: Couple 100 Mikes Lemonade empty's together. Pass your garden hose connection through these cans. Leave assembly in the sun. Shower water will be warm. ;-)

great idea, i was just about to buy an outdoor shower

jtmarin1 year ago
That is so cool
What a great and simple outdoor shower!
Paige Russell (author)  rolltidehank1 year ago

Thanks for the high five!

cege1 year ago


Paige Russell (author)  cege1 year ago

Thanks cege!

minty911 year ago

Cool idea :-)

tominjose1 year ago


frankasura1 year ago

Thanks for share.... :-D