End Summer With a BANG & Make This Huge 50-foot DIY Slip and Slide for Less Than $40!
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This DIY slip and slide is HUGE and won’t break your summer fun budget!
Is there anything more invigorating than a good ‘ol slip and slide? This nostalgic activity takes me back to my childhood as one of the most fun summertime activities!
Of course, if you’re an adult and want to get in on the fun, those dinky 12-foot slides just won’t cut it. Not to mention some have inflatable parts that we all know just pop, and in the end, they end up being a little costly.
That’s why we DIY’ed this massive, adult-approved, 50-foot slip and slide for less than $40!
Better yet, you might even have many of these supplies lying around the house making it even cheaper, maybe close to FREE!
From a teeny 1.5-year-old to my giant 6’3″ hubby, I can confidently say this slip and slide is fun for all ages—and SO EASY to make!
Plus, unlike typical storebought slip and slides, this one was large enough for us to even use some inflatable pool floats on it which made it even more awesome!
If you were able to place this slip and slide on a hill (unfortunately, we were not) this MASSIVE-sized slide also lends itself to some good fun the whole neighborhood can enjoy!
Can you imagine the end-of-summer parties you could host featuring this DIY slide?!
Although a slip and slide is pretty straightforward to make, here are a few helpful tips I learned in the process:
- Use clear sheeting over black. Black can get really hot and dries too fast! I nabbed this 2-pack of plastic sheeting for as low as $19.78 at the time allowing me to make up to a 50-foot slide when I combined the two pieces.
- Look for pool noodles in-store as they seem to be the lowest price (I got mine for 97¢ each at Walmart!) Size and color do not matter so stock up on whatever you can find.
OH, THE PINS… be sure to read this!
After reading several comments on similar DIY slides, pin placement is definitely the trickiest part! Others who have tried this mentioned the landscape pins popped out and scratched individuals while sliding — OUCH! Having little ones, I was highly concerned over this and opted NOT to stick the landscape pins through the pool noodles AND into the ground as I felt the lack of depth would be more likely to cause the pins to pop out.
Instead, sticking the pins directly into the ground through only the plastic sheeting means the pins can stick further into the ground and therefore remain more secure. Also, be sure not to place pins at the entrance or exit of the slide- there’s no need to nail down that plastic, it’s not going anywhere. We had no issues with any pins popping out while we played!
DIY Slip 'N' SlidePrint
- 25 to 100 feet of clear plastic sheeting (I used 10'x25', but any size and variety of clear plastic sheeting will do)
- 10 to 14 pool noodles
- Landscape pins
- Baby soap or other tear-free soap of your choice (optional)
Here’s what my final total looked like for this DIY slip and slide:
For a grand total of JUST $37.40 to make this huge 50-foot slip and slide!
We slid, dove, and splashed across this thing foreeeeeverrr, and my kiddos had no idea it was just a simple DIY slide. They even asked to set it up again the next day!
The thing I love most about this easy slip and slide is that once you’re done, all of the materials can be re-used either again next summer or for various other things around the home, so you’re getting even more bang for your buck with each item!
Have you ever made your own slip and slide? We’d love to know if you tried this or other methods! Enjoy the last days of summer, friends!