DIY Wedding Arches

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DIY Wedding Arches
Use flowers to decorate your wedding arch. (wedding day image by Mat Hayward from Fotolia.com)

A wedding arch is a structure used during the wedding ceremony to frame the couple as they get married. Arches come in many shapes and can be made from materials including wood, plastic and metal. Some arches are permanently planted into the ground, others can be removed after the wedding. You can make a simple wedding halo using supplies from toy and home improvement stores, and decorate it in a way that complements your wedding theme.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Ribbon or fabric
  • Hula hoop
  • Scissors
  • 2 wooden dowels or bamboo sticks, 7 feet long
  • Drill with a thin bit
  • Floral wire
  • Tulle
  • Artificial flowers, if desired
  • Shovel
  • 4 two-by-fours, 9 feet long
  • Hammer
  • 6-inch nails
  • 2 cross beams, 5 1/2 feet long
  • 2 side beams, 4 feet long
  • Paint

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Tie one end of the ribbon around the hula hoop, leaving a tail of 9 inches, and wrap it around the hoop, overlapping the ribbon so the entire hoop is covered. The hula hoop will create a halo above the wedding couple rather than an arch.

  2. 2

    Cut the ribbon when you reach the beginning of the wrap, leaving another 9-inch tail and tie the two tails into a bow.

  3. 3

    Drill a small hole into the wooden dowels or bamboo sticks 1 inch from the top. Use a thin drill bit and make the hole even through the centre of the stick.

  4. 4

    Arrange the hoop so it is between the two sticks, with the bow facing the front or the back.

  5. 5

    Thread floral wire through the hole in the stick, wrap it around the hoop several times, and back through the hole in the stick, twisting it together to secure. You may need to wire the hoop and stick together more than once for it to stay secure.

  6. 6

    Secure the second dowel to the other side of the hoop with the wire.

  7. 7

    Cover the sticks, holes and wire by wrapping them with ribbon or fabric in the same way you wrapped the hoop. When you reach the bottom, cut the ribbon or fabric and tie it in a bow or glue it closed.

  8. 8

    Wrap a layer of tulle around the hoop if you would like your arch to have a draping fabric effect.

  9. 9

    Decorate the arch with the theme of your wedding, using ribbons, artificial flowers or even balloons.

  10. 10

    Ask attendants to hold the sticks during the ceremony, or use it as an arch by sticking the dowels into the ground. If you need a taller arch, use sticks longer than 7 feet.

  1. 1

    Draw out a rectangle 4 feet wide by 2 1/2 feet long, and dig a hole in each corner, at least 2 feet deep.

  2. 2

    Stick a two-by-four in each hole and secure them in place.

  3. 3

    Attach the 5 1/2-foot-long beams against the front two-by-fours and rear two-by-fours with a hammer and nails to create the cross beams.

  4. 4

    Attach the 4-foot-long beams atop and perpendicular to the cross beams to create the side beams and nail them into place.

  5. 5

    Paint the arch and decorate it.

Tips and warnings

  • You can buy Do-It-Yourself wedding arch kits from craft stores or home improvement stores.

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