Lights! Camera! Action! A great way to decorate a red carpet themed party is to guide guests with fancy stanchions. If you search for stanchions online you can find that they are very expensive and they are very hard to find at a party store. So why not make your own?! You can make 3 stanchions with 2 ropes for about $9.50 without paint.
It is very easy, if you have the right tools (drill and type of saw).
Let's get started!
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Step 1: Materials
- Dollar Tree Plunger
-1/2" X 10' PVC pipe
- 1/2" Cap
-1/2 DD Wall x 6' Long Foam
- Paint: gold, apple red
-1" Painters Tape
Step 2: Prepare the PVC Pipe
Cute the PVC: Cut the 10 foot (120 in ) PVC into thirds or 40 inches. I used a small saw I have at home.
Screw eye preparation: Figure out which side of the PVC pipe will be attached to the plunger and which side will be the top.Place the cap on the top end an measure about 1/2" below the cap. Mark a dot one side and then 180º on the other side. Depending on the size screw eye you get, drill an undersized hole that the screw eye can thread into. Screw them in.
Step 3: Assemble and Paint
Assemble all parts ( plunger, PVC pipe, cap, screw eyes) and place assembly in a location where you can spray paint .
Step 4: Foam Ropes
Cut the 6' foam in half (3'). I carefully used a box cutter to cut it in half.
Tape the ends with 1" painters tape. Spray paint the foam with a VERY red paint color. Once dry, I carefully pulled off the tape and flipped it with sticky side up to line up with the red edge so that I wouldn't spray paint over the gold (see photo).
Step 5: Done.
Now you just need string to go through the foam tube and tie a knot to the screw eye to create a full stanchion assembly!
NOTE: These stanchions will not be very stable, best for decorative and not to actually crowd control.
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