How to Make Your Own DIY Slip and Slide

Kids love to cool off with water slides on hot summer days. Maximize your play time by creating your very own backyard DIY slip and slide.

June 23, 2020

Related To:

There’s nothing like cooling off on a hot day in your backyard. Get started on a chill summer at the house by making this easy, inexpensive DIY slip and slide.

A DIY slip and slide provides hours of fun for the kids - and adults, too!

DIY Slip Slide

Tools and Materials

  • 10 pool noodles
  • 1 mega pool noodle
  • 10' x 25', 6 mil* plastic
  • Velcro tape
  • scissors
  • 5-6 landscape staples or small tent stakes
  • 2 sprinklers

*Make sure you get the thicker plastic sheets. They need to be at least 6 mil in thickness to hold up to all the abuse it will take. A 10 x 25 foot roll will cost about $25 at most big box home improvement stores.

You'll need pool noodles, 6 mil plastic sheeting, some stakes, Velcro tape, scissors and sprinklers for your DIY slip and slide.

DIY Slip Slide

Roll Out Plastic

Roll out the sheet of plastic on a relatively flat surface. Make sure the area is clear of rocks, sticks or any debris that could puncture the plastic or hurt someone when sliding over it.

Roll out your plastic and make sure the water slide area is clear of rocks and debris.

DIY Slip Slide

Lay Out the Pool Noodles

Lay the pool noodles down each side of the sheet of plastic. Put the mega noodle on one end of the sheet (the lower end, if your yard slopes). Pool noodles are typically 5 feet long, so on our 25-foot DIY slip and slide plastic, five noodles were laid on each side.

Lay out the pool noodles on either side of your DIY slip and slide.

DIY Slip Slide

Wrap and Secure the Noodles

At the end where you laid the mega noodle is where you should start wrapping the plastic around the noodle (Image 1). Use the Velcro tape to secure the plastic around the noodle (Image 2). This will act as a stopper or speed bump for your water slide. Safety first!

Wrap the pool noodles along the side of the plastic sheet as well. Wrap them on the underside and secure with more Velcro tape. The pool noodles on the sides will help keep the water on the plastic.

Secure the Slide

Secure the top end of the water slide with landscape staples (Image 1). Pin the ends on each side of the bottom end with staples, too (Image 2). Set up your sprinklers on one side of the slide, add a bit of dish soap (optional, but makes a super fast and slippery surface) and....

Go Have Fun!

Let the kids have at it! Inexpensive summer fun always wins.

More Summer Family Fun

Home Is Where the Fun Is

Celebrate summer at home with these ideas, activities and dishes that the whole family will enjoy.

Next Up

This Mini Fan From Amazon Is a Must-Have for Summer

Have your coolest summer ever with this personal fan that goes everywhere you do.

11 Inflatable Sprinklers Kids Will Love This Summer

Beat the heat and bring on the summer fun with these sprinklers shaped like giant unicorns, flamingos, sharks and more.

Explore the Great Outdoors With Our Nature Scavenger Hunt

Hit the trails this spring and summer with our fun, free outdoor scavenger hunt you can download and print at home. It's a great way to get the kids or the whole family outside and away from screens.

The Best Bug Repellents for Kids

HGTV editors and a pediatrician share recommendations on how to keep kids bite-free this summer.

18 Must-Haves to Pack for a Family Beach Trip

We'll walk you through what you need to pack for a family beach trip to keep meltdowns (from kids and grown-ups alike) to a minimum.

The Best Camping Essentials for Kids & Teens This Summer

Grab the whole family and get outdoors for some summer fun with these kid-friendly tents, sleeping bags, safety equipment and entertainment.

How to Remove Sunscreen Stains From Clothes, Upholstery and Car Seats

Oils and minerals in sunscreens can often stain clothing and upholstery. Learn how to remove sunscreen from furniture, clothes and other fabrics before stains set in.

7 All-Natural Ways to Control Mosquitos

Try these natural strategies for creating a mosquito-free yard.

13 Essential Items to Keep Dogs Cool in Hot Weather

These items will help keep your pet cool and safe through the extra-long dog days of summer.

How to Make Paper Snowflakes

A great winter or Christmas craft to make with kids, you can let it snow inside by creating your very own wintry flurry of snowflakes out of paper.

Go Shopping

Get product recommendations from HGTV editors, plus can’t-miss sales and deals.


Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.