Kids love playing with sand and water and this DIY table made from PVC piping will keep the kids entertained for hours and hours.

DIY water or sand table

What you’ll need:

  • 10 PVC T joints
  • 4 elbow joints with three pipe openings (for the top four corners)
  • 8 elbow joints (for the funnel area across the top)
  • 4 caps
  • 2 cross joints
  • 4 – 10 foot PVC pipes
  • PVC pipe cutters/saw
  • PVC glue
  • Two under-the-bed tubs (one for sand, one for water) (35.5 inches long, 16.5 inches wide, and 6.5 inches deep)
  • Spray paint (optional)

(All 3/4 inch PVC pipe)

The table is glued together as the pipes are inserted into the connectors. You may need to adapt this a little depending on your tubs and the height of your kids.


Length of the legs: cap, 14.25 inches, T connector, 2.5 inches Sides: 11 inches, T connector, 8 inches, T connector, 11.25 inches

Top Sides:  34.25 inches Tubes under the tub: 14 inches Ends: 6.25 inches, T connector, 6 inches

Your top design can be anything you want and changeable to make it fun for the kids.

See more pictures of design and options HERE.

My kids would spend hours playing with this! Please add comment below.

Image source: Pinterest

  • Great fun for all for a long, long time.


  • They would have fun for ages!


  • Ooh, I absolutely love this. If only we had been so creative when my son was younger. He would have loved this.


  • Such a simple exercise and hours of fun for the children.


  • cute little table, very clever, looks fun


  • LOVE this idea. Now to get Grandpa onto it…


  • Due to the weather will be trying this out with sand for now. Can not wait until summer for trying the water out in this.


  • Water is always a great thing for play but as kids are mega messy and will most likely end up soaked i would only suggest this for Summer.


  • This is such a clever idea I will def try making this


  • Sand and water sure are favourites with kids, I know mine thoroughly enjoyed playing with both as young uns. I remember playing in the sandpit as a kid and digging up the neighbours cats poo, nasty


  • Kids just love this type of messy play – the big kids do too! ;)


  • Wow, that is fantastic. My daughter would love this


  • This is so awesome! I would love to have this for my boys. Gosh the hours of fun


  • This looks awesome!


  • What a fantastic and creative idea!


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