PVC Portfolio Carrying Handle




Introduction: PVC Portfolio Carrying Handle

An easy-to-make carrying handle for transporting large pads to and from class.

Step 1: You Will Need...


  • PVC pipe segments (1/2" diameter)
  • 10x PVC corner joints (1/2" diameter)
  • 2x PVC straight connector (1/2" diameter)
  • Foam pipe insulation
  • 2x adjustable bungee straps


  • pipe cutter
  • ruler
  • marker
  • spray paint
  • super glue
  • hammer

Step 2: Cutting the Pieces

Cut the 24" segments of PVC pipe into the following lengths with the pipe cutters.

*Note: the picture does not accurately show the quantity of 2" and 1" segments as listed. Follow the quantities as listed below:

  • 12" (3x)
  • 6" (1x)
  • 2.5" (2x)
  • 2" (4x)
  • 1" (2x)

Step 3: Assembling the Frame

Follow the pictures for a step-by-step walkthrough in constructing the main frame of the handle. Each member is labeled with its length as it is added.

If you wish to paint your project, do so after making the frame and before moving on to the next steps.


The pipes can be secured into the joints by gently tapping them with a hammer. If additional support is needed for weight-bearing joints, use super glue to bond the connection.

Step 4: The Finishing Touches...

The Handle

  • Cut the pipe insulation to about 5.5"
  • attach it to the 6" segment of PVC. Secure with glue.

The Straps

  • attach two adjustable bungee straps to the bottom pipe in the grooves created by the corner joint and the straight connector (see third picture)

Step 5: Voila

insert any large art into the cradle at the bottom and use the adjustable bungee chords to secure it. The handle is now ready to use!

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    3 years ago

    Angling the pvc corner joints to create a tapering structure is a smart idea! All my pvc projects have looked big, clunky and square so far. Gonna apply somea these methods the next time round, thank you!