My fiance, @natantus, and I are getting married in *ohdeargodholycrapwtfSEVENWEEKS*, and we are officially in massive wedding DIY mode.  From centerpieces to boutonnieres, our tiny apartment is bursting at the seams with wedding-related sundry.  

No DIY Jewish wedding is complete without a homemade chuppah.  I still haven't actually made the cloth part of the chuppah, but this instructable is for the frame--and will be updated once the cloth is made.  Traditional Chuppahs are made to be held or supported by members of the wedding party, but most chuppahs nowadays are freestanding structures.  All that is really necessary is a frame that supports a cloth on the top, and that won't get blown over if you're having an outdoor wedding.  Trellises don't really work because the frame should be open on all four sides, to symbolize hospitality.

Chuppah rentals can run pretty steep, and they're screaming for DIY.  So here's what we did.

For this instructable, you will need:
  • 4x unglazed 12-inch round terra cotta pots.
  • 1x bag of gravel (Two to Three cubic feet)
  • 1x bag of cactus dirt (Three cubic feet)
  • 12x succulent plants or enough interesting succulents to fill four pots (we went to Home Depot)
  • 6x 10 foot of 3/4 inch pvc pipe
  • 2x 2 foot of 1 1/2 inch pvc pipe
  • 4x 3/4 inch joint connectors with 1/2 inch outlet
  • 4x 3/4 inch to 1/2 inch coupler
  • 1x plastic painting tarp
  • 1x can dark hammered metal spray paint
  • 1x can hammered copper metal spray paint
You will also need these tools:
  • 1x wet rag to wipe down pvc pipe
  • 1x hacksaw to cut larger pvc pipe
  • 1x pipe cutter to cut small pvc pipe
  • 1x measuring tape (measure twice, cut once!)

Step 1: Prepare Pots

Now that you've gathered your materials, it's time to paint!

Spread out your drop cloth in a nice flat backyard.  We weighted ours down with all of our recently-purchased succulents.  Make sure you have removed any stickers from your pots.  Then, place the four pots upside down in the center of the drop cloth, leaving enough space to get in between them.  

Take off your shoes, unless you want the bottoms to get very tacky.

Following the instructions on your spray paint can, apply an even coat to the pots, spraying side to side and from the top of the pot down.  I had to re-position about four times per pot to cover the whole circumference.  Don't bother painting the flat part of the base, as nobody will see it and it will waste paint.  

Allow the paint to dry for fifteen minutes if you are patient.  If you are like me, bounce up and down for about thirty seconds after doing the last pot before moving back to the first.  Whatever.

After two coats, your pots should look FANTASTIC!  Let them dry.  Don't move them.  Don't touch them.  Go play with your dog.  Come back in a legitimate fifteen minutes to half an hour.  Using the hole in the base of the pots, lift them up and turn them right-side up one at a time.  

By now your spray can is getting very light.  If you don't want to run back to Home Depot to buy another can, then you have to be efficient.  Spray a layer around the very lip of the pot, blending in with the paint you've already laid down.  You'll get paint in the pot. I wouldn't worry about it, but it isn't the goal.  Focus on getting nice even coverage on the lip.

Once you're done with that, let the pots dry while you move on to step 2.

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