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This summer, if you’re heading to a favorite swimming hole or even your own backyard pool, this floating ping pong table will be the hit of the summer. Built with simple supplies, like pool noodles, PVC, and a plastic sheet, it’s easy to assemble. In fact, our build is so easy, you can recruit an aspiring DIY tyke in your life to help out.
This project will also teach a thing or two, most importantly the basics of cutting and fastening techniques. And you get a new pool toy out of it as well.
⚠️ Our build includes steps that are great for kids and steps that should definitely be done with adult supervision. We’ve marked the steps where you need to keep an eye on your little one.
These Tools Will Help
A Materials List
The Build Process
Using a hand miter saw, cut two lengths of pool noodle to 24 inches and two to 48 inches.
⚠️ For parents…