DIY PVC Children’s Grocery Store {Tutorial}

Today’s winning PVC project – a DIY PVC children’s grocery store – is being shared by Season 16 competitor Hayley

Welcome to the Mouse House

This is Hayley’s third win this season.

She took week one with her amazing removable fabric wallpaper

Removable Fabric Wallpaper Tutorial

She also picked up a win in our week five challenge with her fun hot air balloon necklace

Hot Air Balloon Necklace Tutorial

Learn more about her amazing PVC project – The Market – and pop over to her site today for more of the details.

DIY PVC Children’s Grocery Store Tutorial

Hey guys!  My name is Hayley from Welcome to the Mouse House and I am here today to share how I created The Market from last week!


Now, obviously, everyone’s measurements are going to be different, so I am not going to provide those.  My space may be larger or smaller than what you have to work with so measure your space and determine the lengths you need before heading to the hardware store.


PVC Supplies:


  • 4 equal lengths to create a square for the top
  • 2 lengths for the legs
  • 2 3 inch pieces of PVC
  • 2 90 degree connectors
  • 2 45 degree connectors
  • 2 “T” connectors
  • 4 “U” hooks

(Excuse my chaotic photo… this was done very late at night and I was pretty much delirious!)

 Create the awning by joining your 4 equal lengths together.  Use the 90 degree connectors at the top corners and the “T” connectors at the bottom corners.

Now, you are going to create the legs. Attach your 3 inch piece of PVC to the “T” connector. Then, attach your 45 degree connector. Finally, attach your leg piece.

Clear as mud?

 Attach the other leg and it should now look like this!

Using the 4 “U” hooks, attach to the wall, using anchors if you don’t find a stud… and no, I am not talking about my husband. 


To attach the awning to the bookshelf, you can either glue it or you can find connectors with holes for drilling.  Totally up to you!

At last, it is time to attach your fabric.  

Before attaching it to the frame, I sewed bias tape and the chalkboard banner to my fabric to finish the raw edges. Then, I just hot glued the fabric to the PVC pipe.  Super easy!

The shelves for the groceries is simply a cubby unit from Target flipped on its side!

The shelf that holds the cash register was just a piece of scrap wood we had in the garage and I covered it with chevron shelf paper.  The one end is attached to the wall with a 2×4 and the other end is just leaning on top of the shelf.

Easy as pie!


I hope that helps!  If you guys have any questions or want to know more, please feel free to message me on Facebook or find my contact info on my blog.  As always, I would love to see your creations over on my Flickr page, too!

PVC Challenge Results (Season 16. Week 8)

PVC Challenge


Thanks so much for everyone who voted in the PVC challenge!

PVC Challenge Results

ChartExport (9)Projects were ranked one through 10. This graph is a visual representation of the ranking and in this case the smaller number represents the winner.

Crafter Reveal

Project #1 Hot Air Balloon Mobile, Naomi, 52 Create
Project #2 PVC Puppet Theater, Jessica, Cutesy Crafts
Project #3 The Market, Hayley, Welcome to the Mouse House

PVC Challenge Winner

That means this week’s winner is Hayley, from Welcome to the Mouse House.

DIY Grocery Store


Be sure to come back on Tuesday when Jessica will be sharing her tutorial for this fun bag!

Saying Goodbye…

This means we will be saying goodbye to Naomi. I have had such fun getting to know her. Please come back on Wednesday when I will be sharing some of my favorite posts from Naomi and an interview!

I’m Crafty Party No. 55: Hardware Store Craft Projects

Welcome to the “I’m Crafty” party, your chance to join our Season 16 competitors in showcasing your talent online! We’re focused on PVC projects this week and we’d love to see what you’ve created. Your project doesn’t need to be a new one…So come on, link up and show off YOUR hardware store craft projects. A few things to remember:

  • Link to a specific post, not your blog in general.
  • Please only post your ideas, not round ups or guest posts.
  • Think outside the box – a craft, tutorial, recipe, anything that fits the theme!
  • Grab the handy dandy button in the side bar or share a text link and put it on your blog so people know there’s other great stuff linked up here to see.
  • Visit at least two other links and leave them some love – everyone likes appreciation.
  • Join me on InstagramTwitter & Facebook. I’ll be sharing some of my favorites there throughout the week.

So do you think you’re crafty?

PVC Challenge (Season 16, Week 8)

PVC ChallengeThough this challenge topic may have been a bit of a tough one, I think all of the challengers came through with fantastic projects. Without further ado…It’s time to present the projects for our eighth challenge.

The Projects…

Project #1 Hot Air Balloon Mobile

DIY Hot Air Balloon Mobile

Ooh this was the hardest week (I feel like I say this every week)! PVC! Eeek.

Five days before projects were due I was still without an idea! After a couple of hours spent in my local material shop touching every PVC fabric known to dressmakers I headed home…none the wiser. The following day I headed to the DIY shop and repeated, this time touching every PVC pipe known to plumbers. Then, I happened upon an array of boxes with different plugs, pipes attachments and all sorts. There I found 3 little socket plugs that suddenly called out to be tiny baskets hanging down from hot air balloons. Bazinga! Craft decided.

So with 1 PVC pipe, 3 PVC socket plugs and some left-over PVC coated fabric (oil cloth), I was all set.

PVC fabric works in its element with fabric designs/patterns that need a little sturdiness as it holds its shape beautifully. A lovely extra bonus is that it has a gentle sheen which catches the sunlight.

DIY Hot Air Balloon Mobile

I actually really enjoyed making this. It involved sewing, sawing and sticking. What more could a crafting woman ask for?! As I type my fingers are threatening to bond together with the remnants of superglue.

DIY Hot Air Balloon Mobile

I found a rusty old saw in the outside shed and cut my PVC piping to length. This was then covered in bias binding and spruced up with ribbons and buttons. The piping is light enough to be easy to hang and robust enough to hold some weight.

DIY Hot Air Balloon Mobile

The PVC plug ‘baskets’ were covered with felt pieces and the PVC fabric balloons decorated with ricrac, felt bunting and a little button. Once complete, I decided that this crafting project would be for my bedroom as it has a wistful charm. I loaded the baskets with sprigs of lavender and hung it above my bed. You’re never too old to have a mobile especially one that carries the gentle scent of lavender.

DIY Hot Air Balloon Mobile

Project #2 PVC Puppet Theater

For this week I made a puppet theater with a felt backdrop.  This is the kind of project that I love!  I got to use my imagination and design all of the fun elements.  The nice part about it being built out of PVC pipe is that when we are done, we can just take it apart and put it away.

DIY Puppet Theater

The puppet theater has curtains that open and close.  See the blue behind it?  That’s the backdrop!

DIY Puppet Theater

There are actually two backdrops on the theater.  A lighter one for day and a darker one for night.  They are on shower curtain rings so that they can easily slide back and forth into position.  So neat, right?!

DIY Puppet Theater

I made a bunch of felt scenery with velcro on the back to stick to the backdrops.   The castle is my favorite with a mountain in the background.  There are houses for a village scene, and, of course, we needed some indoor furniture as well.  The princess and knight puppets are also made of felt.  We will eventually have a dragon, but I wanted him to have a mouth that opens.  He will take a bit more planning.

DIY Puppet Theater

I love that the kids can set up the scenes however they want!  We can add more later and completely change the stories.  I have plans for another house and some pigs (3 Little Pigs) and some underwater themed scenery as well.  So fun!

DIY Puppet Theater

Project #3 The Market

The theme “PVC’ certainly had me scratching my head for a few weeks. I thought up lots of ideas, but none that were very useful…until I remembered that my son and daughter had been asking for a grocery store for a long time. Sure kids, I will build you a grocery store!

Introducing The Market.

DIY Grocery Store

It is the perfect little play area in our basement.

I created the canopy out of Ikea fabric, PVC pipe frame, and added a cute little banner I made out of chalkboard fabric.  They can wipe it clean and change the name of the store as much as they want!

Below the canopy is a cubby unit turned on it’s side, which provides lots of shelving for all of the play food they need.

Of course, there is also a shelf for the cash register, money and the debit card machine. The shelf that the register is on was covered with bright chevron contact paper.

market 2

DIY Grocery Market

The baskets are full of play fruits and the shelves are full of play food and empty boxes from our pantry. They have already had their friends over to play “store” and have even returned the items back to the proper shelves!

DIY Market

Finally, there is the Special’s Board, which they can change depending on the seasonal produce.

DIY Kids Grocery Market

The Vote…

PVC Challenge

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Season 16, Week 8 Theme: PVC

Many of you know that I took over this site from Missy in June. What you probably don’t know is that this was a change that was actually in the works for a few months.

I have been a fan of SYTYC for a long time and when Missy first mentioned it was time for her to move on, I jumped at the chance to be a part of this amazing site.

Since I was super-busy planning SNAP! Conference at the time, Missy agreed to run the site and set everything up for Season 16. She did everything from run the auditions, to setting up the challenge themes and gathering sponsors.

When I first took a look at the themes, I was instantly inspired by products I could potentially create on my own. And then I got to the PVC challenge…Oh my gosh. I was stumped. It was by far the most difficult of the themes in my mind.

PVC Challenge

We’ve finally reached the PVC challenge week here on the site and I can’t tell you how excited I am to share our contestants projects. They have worked very, very hard this week coming up with something new and unique. I hope you will pop over tomorrow to view the projects and VOTE!

In the meantime, I thought I would share some of the unique PVC project ideas that I’ve found whilst scouring the web in the last few weeks…

DIY PVC Project Ideas

My girl Mandi over at Vintage Revivals never ceases to amaze. You’ve got to check out this cool PVC dresser (yes, that’s PVC covering the front) makeover.

DIY PVC Dresser Makeover via Vintage Revivals

Along that same vein, is this fabulous PVC pip mirror from Thrifty and Chic.

PVC Mirror

Tell me this PVC pipe and felt playhouse isn’t just about the cutest thing you’ve ever seen…

PVC Pipe and Felt PlayhouseFor the kids room, this PVC merry-go-round bookshelf would be fun.

PVC Merry Go Round Bookshelf

I love the modern vibe of this PVC Christmas wreath over at Today’s Nest.

PVC Christmas Wreath

Last spring Jen made the most amazing photo backdrop for our SNAP! pajama party. It was genius – one of the most photographed moments of the entire event.

PVC Photo Backdrop via Tatertots and Jello

Pick up some inspiration (and the fun free banner printable) over on Tatertots and Jello and then visit Dandelions on the wall for the instructions on this sturdy PVC photo backdrop frame.


PVC Photo Backdrop FrameNot quite as much room? Check out this fantastic PVC backdrop idea over at Sugar Bee Crafts.

PVC Backdrop via Sugar Bee Crafts

The girls at Simple Simon and Co. have an eye for fun. Check out these adorable personalized PVC camp chairs.

PVC Summer Camp Chairs via Simple Simon & CoThey also have a tutorial for this fun PVC target.

PVC Target Game via Simple Simon & CoSpeaking of summer fun, what kid wouldn’t love this amazing PVC kid’s car wash over at Lowe’s Creative Ideas?

PVC Kids Car Wash

Here’s another take on the PVC carwash from The Scrap Shoppe – looks so fun!

PVC Pipe Carwash This post from My Repurposed Life gave me the giggles. She made a PVC fire hydrant – yard art – for her dog to take care of its business.

PVC Fire Hydrant

This PVC glove and boot dryer, from Sugar Bee Crafts, is genius! Go check out how it works…

PVC Glove and Boot Dryer

I have fallen in love with these PVC succulent planters from The Happier Homemaker.

PVC Succulent PlantersI honestly didn’t really think outside of the box…I was all PVC pipe, until I found out that many “fabrics” are PVC too.

I love the idea of these oil cloth chair covers over at Made.

Oil Cloth Chair Covers via Dana Made It

I am in love with this oil cloth tote bag from Twinkle and Twine. It would be perfect for the beach!

Oil Cloth Tote Bag via Twinkle and Twine

Check out these oil cloth budget envelopes from Reasons to Skip the Housework.

PVC budget envelopes