The simple fan design gives the Wedding DIYer a dream-scheme of unlimited, imaginative possibilities.
As pictured, the Arbor is draped and woven with fir boughs and wildflowers for a Woodland Garden Wedding. For a Beach Wedding, try adding palm fronds and sea shell-laced netting. Brocade curtain panels combined with sheer fabric swags will give a formal flair to your Wedding "afffair" ;-).
The height at the peak of the roof is 7'2". It can be adjusted down (flat-roofed) to 6'6", so you can bring it indoors if rain decides to spoil your outdoor wedding.
After the celebration, take your Arbor home! With just a few extra support beams and a foundation, the arbor can become a beautiful, permanent addition to your yardscape.
For compact storage: unbolt the roof arches from the sides of the arbor and fold them together. Then unscrew the side supports and fold the sides up. Hint: Number the roof arches for future reference so this Arbor can be quickly re-erected for the next family wedding!
Step 1: Arbor Materials and Tools:
The Arbor Material list:
- 20 pieces of 2" x 2" x 8' lumber. (2 x 2 lumber really only measures 1 1/2" x 1 1/2". I don't know why.)
- 2 - 9" x 3/8" round head Stove Bolts with flat washers and nuts
- 15 - 3 1/2" x 1/4" round head Stove Bolts with flat washers and nuts
- 1 piece flat Molding measuring 1/2" x 1 1/2" x 10'- cut into 4 pieces. 2 @ 32" each and 2 @ 18" each.
- 12 - 1" sheetrock screws
- 1-2 Quarts of Exterior Paint- your color choice- and a paint brush.
- An Electric Drill
- 1- Phillips Bit
- 1- 5/16 and 7/16 Drill bit
- Skil Saw or hand saw
- Electric sander or 80-100 grit Sandpaper (I used an Orbital Sander with 80 grit)
- 1/2" Wrench- open end, box end or socket (I used a socket)
- 7/16" Wrench- (same as above)
- Tape Measure and a pencil
- Carpenter's Square
- 4 Large Metal Shelf Brackets that measure 2" at the elbow and arms that measure approx. 11" and 13", respectively.
- 12 1" sheet rock screws
You'll probably be buying the 2 x 2 lumber from your local buildering center. These boards are NOT expensive. Take the time to inspect the boards and select lumber that is straight and check/defect/knot-free as possible for your Arbor. A smidge of warp is common. Wood is not iron. Be a little forgiving.
If you'll be storing this wood for any length of time, be sure it's laying down on a flat, dry surface. Any other position invites warp. Not good.