Monday, August 15, 2011

Toddler Fun: DIY Water Table {pt 2}

7 days, folks!
The baby countdown is down to 7 days!
I'm still nervous. excited. scared. half-ready.

but enough baby talk ---
 I'm so excited to show you my finished DIY Water table!
You can read about my first failed attempt here.

Here was my original inspiration:
but it was about $150 more than I wanted to send!

and here is my version ...

I made it up as I went, but here is my "sort of" tutorial!
Disclaimer: Sadly, I am no Ana White -- I made mistakes and its SO not perfect!
But in the end, it turned out WAY better than I imagined!
I cut 4, 2x2's for the legs.
I wanted my table to be about 18" inches tall.

Then I used a 1x2 to create the top frame.
I measured my Sterlite Tub - and used that as my sizing guide.
The tub has a "lip" that I wanted to rest on the frame, so I measured a little smaller than the tub.

Next I added a 1x3 border - and attached it all together!
I used wood screws! 
I also learned it's important to pre-drill your holes!
WHOO HOO! It's standing! :)

I primed it and painted it and then set the tub inside!

That's it! ALL DONE! :) 

I''m so proud of the way it turned out!

It's the perfect solution for some fun in the {HOT} Texas sun!

I love it - and so does monkey man! :) 
I also love that I saved $150!

The umbrella was a $5 clearance find at Jcpenny.
It clips on - so it's easy to attach and remove.

I filled the tub with some water and bath toys --

and some cups that I drilled holes in -

and watched him play!
It's a huge hit!!

What do you think?
Let me know if you make one -
or if you have any questions!!!
I'm definitely an amateur, 
but will try my best to answer any questions!

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  1. I love this! Definitely on my hubby's to-do list now! haha

    I'd love for you to link up to our "Crafts for Under Twenty-Somethings" Thursdays this week! It's a blog hop specifically for kids and teens ideas, so your ideas would be perfect! I'll hope you'll come link up this Thursday.


  2. I am totally going to try this!! What size tub/container did you use?? I want to just use your measurements (I am NOT crafty and would absolutely mess it up somehow if I were to use a different tub) and buy the same size tub you did. LOVE IT!!!! So smart!

  3. Great idea to make a water table yourself. Your boy is also so adorable (and the shark umbrella is a great touch). I would love it if you would stop by and share this at the crafty link party going on right now at Lines Across My Face.
    Hope to see you soon,

  4. Found you through the blog hop! Glad I did!

    You are seriously talented. I would have never been able to do something like that! Loved the umbrella. Too cute.

  5. Just became your newest follower..stopped by from Monday Monkey blog hop...would love it if you could check out my blog.
    let me tell you something girl...I think you could make them and sell them. they could be either a water table or a sand table or a sensation! you are so creative..I would of definitely bought one from you when my kids were younger. I love this idea.

  6. This is a great idea and you did it so well! I'm your newest follower. Found you on CRAFT mondays party. Please check out my homemade tent. It's not as pretty as you water table but it'll do for my little ones.

  7. Oh my gosh! You are too much with your electric saw and construction!! I patted myself on the back for buying a glue gun a few weeks ago. I bow to your creative/craftiness! I am following from the Mom Blog Monday hop- I can't wait to read more! Stop by and follow back!

  8. I love this! What a great idea. I'm a new follower, visiting form Keeping it Simple blog hop. Hope you have a chance to stop by soon.

  9. I am so impressed with how you did this. You are awesome!

    I am a new follower from the Monkey Hop Monday Link Up. I would love a follow back at

  10. Wow! What a fabulous diy version! I love it and love the savings! I am a new follower and would love for you to link up at my Savvy HomeMade blog party at

    I look forward to blogging with you!

  11. way to go, girl. I'm very impressed. This looks so adorable and you saved a ton of money. I just started a new link party on my blog today and I'd be honored if you'd join up with this.
    have a lovely day, Maria

  12. That is such a cute idea! Brilliant! And it looks professionally made!

  13. I stopped by yesterday; I was hoping you would link this up to my Delights Me party at Doodles & Doilies. I just love the idea!

  14. You did such a great job, and if there are mistakes, I don't see them! He looks so happy playing it in. He doesn't know whether it cost $150 or not, but he does know that you helped him have a great time.

  15. LOVE this! What a fabulous idea! :)

    **visiting from Tutorials and Tips Tuesday

  16. This is so smart! I got my son's water table at a yard sale after becoming so frustrated at how expensive they are new. This is even better!

    Found you from Tutorials & Tips Tuesday!

  17. That looks like so much fun!

  18. You did such an amazing job. I was thinking about just buying the tupperware bin for this, but this tutorial looks so "do-able!" Please stop by and link up to my Share the Wealth Wednesday Link Party! I'm your newest follower!

  19. A fun idea for toddlers! It looks easy enough. If only I can find someone to make it for me :)

    Visiting from Mom Blog Monday bloghop1

    The Twerp and I

  20. I love this!! Yours is so much cuter than the original!

  21. Love this! What an awesome idea!

    I have a fun giveaway going on for a
    $10 credit to my etsy shop. You should come by and enter!

  22. Excellent job! I love creating my own version of items when I can save myself a lot of money! Anyway, new follower from COJ hop. Would love a follow back :-). Make it a great weekend (it's coming fast upon us)!

  23. Hi! I am your newest follower from the
    blog hop! I would love it if you could follow me back
    and we become bloggy friends! :)

    Have a lovely day,
    a meg moment

  24. That is such a fun idea! My son would LOVE that! I have a party going on over at my blog if you want to join! I'd love to have you! Check it out under the "Stache Party" page on my blog:

  25. Hi just calling by whilst blog hopping from Keeping Company Thursday. Great job. That looks like a wonderful thing to have for you little boy who is really cute by the way. Be sure to come by and say hi. Sarah

  26. Hello! Found you at the Home Stories A to Z Link up this week. This is a GREAT idea. I am about to make one for my 13 month old, Levi!

  27. Stopping by from a blog hop and am a new follower thru GFC and Facebook. I admire people who are able to make things as I am not one of the lucky ones. So, I cheer on the ones that are creative and always wish I had more talent! I would love a follow back on both of those when you get a free moment. Thanks so very much and have a wonderful weekend!


  28. could this be any cuter? it actually looks better than the plastic ones at target! I hope you will link up here...

  29. Came over from Tip Junkie... Love this idea! I will be putting this on my project list! Thanks for the idea

  30. Thank you so much for sharing your water table at Savvy HomeMade Monday. I hope you will party again tomorrow!

  31. Love that you can take the tub out to dump/clean!

  32. Kids love fun and here is the perfect example. He has found his own way of entertainment. Cute


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