DIY Clamshell Sunshade

This DIY clamshell sunshade is inexpensive, portable, and simple to make.
This DIY clamshell sunshade is inexpensive, portable, and simple to make.

Playing outside is a blast, no doubt about it. Children enjoy the space and parents love to see them run around and romp in the wide open.

Playtime outdoors isn’t just frivolous fun, too. Kids reap lots of benefits from time outside. Being outside gives kids a Vitamin D boost, which helps protect against bone problems, heart disease, and diabetes.

My kids love the outdoors and their favourite hangout place is the backyard. They’d bring out a picnic blanket and lie there when they’re tired from all the running. Sometimes, it gets extremely hot out there. I don’t think they mind but I did.

I set my heart to creating a sunshade for them. I wanted something that’s not too bulky to set up. Additionally, it should be something that I can easily store away when not in use.

You can take this clamshell anywhere with you - on a road trip or when you go camping.
You can take this clamshell anywhere with you – on a road trip or when you go camping.

It was by sheer luck that I came across this DIY clamshell sunshade. It was just what I wanted – inexpensive and relatively simple to make. The deciding factor was that it offered me the convenience of easy set up and storage. And it’s portable, too! In fact, we have taken ours on several road trips.

Why not take on the task of making this DIY clamshell sunshade? I’m pretty sure your kids will love it!

Materials:

  • 4 pcs – 10 foot 1/2″ PVC
  • 2 pcs – 11.5-inch 2 x 6 boards
  • 1 pc old king sized sheet (if you used canvas, you would need an 8′ by 8′ sheet)
  • 2 pcs – 15 inch pieces of flat stock metal
  • 4 pcs – 8-inch tent spikes
  • Screws
  • Oil-based enamel

Tools:

  • Sander
  • Drill machine
  • Screwdriver
  • Paintbrush

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Thanks to shambuda2000 for this great project. You can get step-by-step instructions here

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