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Make Your Own Slip and Slide

Posted by Lisa LaGrou June 13, 2014 Reviews, Solutions

Summer is here! A perfect way to beat the heat is to make your own backyard Slip and Slide for some outdoor summertime fun.

If you don’t have a pool, but you have a slope in your yard somewhere, a homemade slip and slide is a fun that can’t be beat, and it’s so easy to make your own.

DIY Slip & Slide Instructions

All you need is a painter’s tarp (smooth, not textured), plastic tent stakes, and a nearby hose. We purchased a tarp that was about 13 feet wide and 25 feet long at Home Depot. We used six stakes – three on each side, to keep the wind from flipping the slip and slide over. Wet the slip & slide tarp down thoroughly with a hose, and then keep the hose running as the kids slide. If you turn off the hose for more than a couple of minutes, the grass may start to burn. Be sure to fold up the slip n slide as soon as the kids are done playing.

We have the perfect hill in our yard, but if you have anything even close to a slope, the DIY slip and slide is fantastic! The kids, as well as anyone that comes over to try it out, absolutely LOVE it. Our homemade slip and slide is faster than our store bought junker from Toys R Us. The painter’s tarp slip and slide holds up really well and the quality is better than the cheap slip and slides you see at toy stores.

We’ve used our Make Your Own Slip and Slide tarp year after year. It’s easy to fold up for storage and makes a nice cover for an air conditioner during the winter months. The best aspect is that you can you can make your own slip and slide as long (or short) as your yard will allow and not be limited by the tiny ones that are available at Target, Meijer, or Wal-Mart.

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