When it comes to making your own Halloween decorations for your yard, PVC pipe is one of the most valuable materials you can buy. Use it to create dummy skeletons -- or skeletons themselves -- fencing and other creepy props. Once you start working with PVP pipe, at some point you'll find that the end result would look better if only you could bend the pipe. With some practice, you can bend PVC with heat like a pro.
List of Items Needed
- PVC pipe (more than you need)
- PVC pipe cutter or handheld cutting tool
- Sandpaper, file or rotary tool with sanding accessory
- PVC pipe caps
- Leather gloves
- Heat gun
Cut the PVC pipe to the desired length using a PVC pipe cutter or a handheld cutting tool. Remove any burrs from the cut edge of the pipe with sandpaper, a file or a rotary tool with a sanding accessory.
Place a cap on one end of the PVC pipe. Fill the pipe with sand, and place a cap on the other end.
Lay the PVC pipe on a flat, heatproof surface, such as brick or a clean area of a garage floor. If you're not working outdoors, make sure the area is well ventilated by opening any doors and windows.
Put on leather gloves and turn on the heat gun to its highest setting. Aim the gun at the area of the pipe to be bent, holding it no closer than 1 inch from the PVC. Move the gun in a continuous circular motion to avoid melting a hole in the pipe.
Bend the pipe slowly to the position needed for your Halloween prop. When finished, allow the bent pipe to cool before you handle it. It may take several tries to get it right, so be sure to have extra pipe on hand.
Remove the caps and empty the sand into a container for later use.
Tips and Warnings
- You can bend PVC pipe without the sand, but it won't hold its smooth tubular shape.
- Follow all manufacturer's safety instructions for your heat gun.