This weekend my parents came to visit.  Anytime my parents come my dad asks if he needs to bring tools or if we have anything he needs to repair. 
This time I told him nope.  We’re good.    Well, WRONG!  hehe
My friend Michelle on Facebook mentioned that she was going to build some center tubs out of PVC pipe since she didn’t have the tubs like I have in my room.  Well when she posted the final product I knew I had to make one for my math tub centers!  
Daddy’s coming, that means PROJECT TIME!
I posted the finished product on my Facebook page and people have been asking for directions and costs!  SO HERE IT IS!
Here are the measurements for my exact project:
54″ long (cut into 2 27″ pieces)
20″ tall (cut into 5″pieces)
10″ deep
Here’s how we made it”
We bought 5 pieces of 3/4″ PVC pipe that was 10 feet long.
We cut 12 27″ pieces.

We cut 6 10″ pieces.
We cut 24 5″ pieces.
Then we pieced the 27″ pieces together with a cross joint.  (These are in the plumbing section at Lowes/Home Depot)  This will give you the front and the back.  You will have 2 pieces that look exactly the same.  
To make the shelves, we placed 5″ pieces vertically using the cross joints.  We did this on the ends and the middle.  
Then we placed the 10″ horizontally to make the shelves deep enough to allow the baskets to sit on the pipe.  We connected the top bottom with elbow pieces to make feet for the center to sit on.
That’s it.  It’s really simple.  
Total cost:  $30 for the shelf and $9 for the baskets.  The fittings (cross, T and elbow) are the most expensive part!
The measurements are specific to these baskets from the Dollar Tree.  If you use different baskets, you will have to tweak the measurements!
Don’t forget about the big TPT Back To School sale!  My store is 20% off and with the code BTS14 you get an extra 10% off!  Click the picture to check out my newest creations!

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  • Reply Amanda Pauley August 4, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    Love this! I need something different for my math tubs. This would fit perfectly under my whiteboard too! Thanks for sharing the directions. Looks like my hubby has his next project. 🙂

    Mrs. Pauley's Kindergarten

  • Reply Jenny G. August 5, 2014 at 12:33 am

    What a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Mrs. Jones August 5, 2014 at 2:57 am

    Wow! Love it! I've built a PVC pipe chart paper holder, but never considered making a shelf for tubs. Oh, the things we can do with PVC pipe! Thanks for sharing!
    Sarah from Mrs. Jones Teaches :o)

  • Reply Learning with Mrs. Brinn August 5, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Looks fabulous! Great details and photos… Makes me want to make one.

  • Reply Rachel Vincent August 5, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    I love it! This seems like a project I can do!! Thanks for sharing the deets!

    A Tall Drink of Water

  • Reply Sara B August 6, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Love your new storage!
    Mrs. Brown Loves Bookworms

  • Reply Just A Primary Girl with Mrs. H August 7, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Your shelf is awesome!!!! I only bought one if those baskets at dollar tree. That was dumb!! How lucky that someone with tools comes to your rescue. I have many piles of messed up projects and no one to repair! Send him my way!

    Just a Primary Girl

  • Reply Sherie June 8, 2015 at 2:06 am

    Love this! Do you mind telling me the measurements of your baskets? Trying to figure things out.

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  • Reply Sherie July 26, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    I did it…and I love it! Thanks so much for sharing this amazing DIY!

  • Reply Zay Taylor September 5, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    Love it! I'm going to ask my husband to help me with this! 🙂

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