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Picture of PVC Pipe and Potted Plant Chuppah Frame
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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!)


 
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