(Closed) How can I get this DIY done? Help!

posted 6 years ago in DIY
Post # 4
46369 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

What a great idea!

If I had to construct something like that inexpensively and relatively easily, I would purchase (or borrow)an inexpensive canopy that is used in the back yard ( a lot of parents and teams use them for shelter at soccer games here) and just use the frame, leaving the canopy off. You may have to use two of them side by side, depending on how long the head table is.

I used one of these canopies for a display at work. I purchased it at Rite Aid for $19.95.

These canopies don’t have the lattice type top that is shown in your pic but you could still drape fabric from side to side and end to end to get the look. If you have the fabric very taut, you could hang the balloons or ornaments from the fabric.

You could also use 4 patio umbrella stands and insert a pipe of the correct height into each stand.

If you want something sturdier, you could get lattice or trellis sheets at the home store and spray paint it in the color of your choice and wire it on to the top of the canopy frame or attach the sheets to the pipes.

trellis      lattice- both from Lowes


If you are going to use balloons rather than ornaments, I would place a weight of some sort, or a Balloominator light inside the ballons before they are inflated and tied off. The weight or light will help keep the balloons hanging straight down.

Balloominators are cool little battery operated lights that make balloons glow from the inside. you can twist the Balloominator two ways- one to flash and the other for a steady glow.


Post # 5
10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

It might be a bit Kate now, but I’d look for Christmas ornaments for the balls. Then paint them obviously. The patio canopy is an awesome idea, I don’t have any better suggestions. 

Post # 7
46369 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Mrsgurzakovic:  I forgot to say that if you use pipes in the umbrella stands, get holes drilled in the top of the pipe so you can wire them together at the top to keep them straight and so you can wire on the trellis.

Post # 9
22 posts
  • Wedding: September 2012

Another thing I’ve seen done is to use the 5 gallon paint buckets you can get at Lowe’s for like $5 filled with rocks or sand to hold the pipes (or bamboo would be nicer looking) up. Just have someone hold the pipe up while you pour in the filler and it will hold it really steady. You’d have to decorate the bucket with something, but you could easily wrap more tulle around it. And if you decide to go this route, just get sandbox filler sand as opposed to decorative sand as it’s much cheaper. The buckets might be cheaper than umbrella stands, but you’d have to find out how much sand or whatever you’d need to fill them to see if it’s worth it…

Post # 10
1269 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@SeptHydrandgea:  I was thinking of doing this but maybe with big flower pots/urns instead of buckets if I can find cheap enough ones but decorating buckets could be really easy too!

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