Introduction: PVC Clip

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Here's a handy trick I used in this years Halloween costume. I needed to attach items (and detach) items to PVC tubes (schedule 40). Gluing was not an option.

It's a little difficult to describe but easy to see. Portions of the Halloween costume below where foam-core meets PVC on the chest harness were attached using this homemade clip. This costume build and some other PVC mechanisms including a rotating hinge and linear joint is described in's general grievous costume.

To make a clip you need you the thin-wall version of the PVC tube. There's a thick-wall and thin-wall version - the thick will is usually my base for 'structural' elements, but the thin-wall makes a nice clip and is lighter.

Step 1: Cut Piece of Thin-Wall PVC, Align in PVC Cutters

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Cut off an inch of of the thin-wall PVC tube. Longer tubes attach with more strength, but are difficult to cut.

Holding it vertically (and carefully) in the tube cutter rest the blade against the tube. This isn't how a tube cutter was designed to be use so work slowly and carefully, it's easy to slice a finger.

Make sure the cuts are straight vertical.

You'll make two cuts, about 120 degrees (1/3) of the tube circumference apart.

This produces one cllp (throw away the remaining 1/3).

Step 2: PVC Clip Complete

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Here's a picture of the clip before and after mounting on the tube.

This clip is removable and adjustable. You can slide it as well.

By cutting off more or less than 1/3 you can adjust the 'strength' of the clip.

You can now glue things to the clip.

I've created several other PVC mechanisms during the creation of this costume. Please see's general grievous costume for more details.


Dadime (author)2013-07-29

Great idea. I wish I thought of it or saw your iinstructible sooner. I am doing a General Grievous build myself for my son. I bolted on the pieces but these clips would have wotked nicely.

anasdad (author)2013-05-08

Nice job. This helped a lot with a screen that I wanted to put on some PVC piping. I was going to order some, but it worked great!

sonic4599 (author)2010-06-10

Is ur pvc cutter blade clear???

freeza36 (author)sonic45992012-09-14

Its metal. It just seems to be clear.

bennelson (author)2010-08-12

It's not clear, that's an illusion. A shiny silver object that reflects a background color can sometimes look clear in photos. Weird, though, eh?

The nerdling (author)bennelson2011-10-14

looks cool and trippy

l8nite (author)2010-10-21

I remembered this "ible" when we ran low on tape for this yrs haunt, Im using 2" pvc so it was a littole different making them but they work FANTASTIC! I ran a pipe thru the table saw twice to take out about a third and then used a cut off saw to cut 2" pieces. We're planning on making a couple of hundred in the off season.. Thanks for the idea ! !

twiztedreams (author)2009-07-01

love this idea! Will come in handy when attaching plastic to my PVC green house!

Kaiven (author)2008-12-03

Nice... But I don't have thin PVC... maybe I'll find a substitute. Good idea!

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