How to Build an Archway Over the Driveway From PVC

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PVC pipe with a small diameter is bendable and can be used to create an archway over your driveway. This is useful for holiday, party or wedding decorations. If you make multiple arches of the same size along the length of your driveway, you can use the arches as a framework for strings of lights or garlands of tinsel. Constructing PVC pipe archways is not complicated, and you can remove them at the end of the holiday season. In addition, you can store the parts and put them back up next year.

Things You'll Need

  • Rebar, 4-foot lengths, ¼-inch diameter
  • Hammer
  • Hacksaw
  • PVC pipe, schedule 40, ½-inch diameter
  • Drive a 4-foot length of ¼-inch rebar into the ground at the end of the driveway on one side. Hammer it into the ground about 18 inches. Drive another piece of rebar into the ground on the opposite side of the driveway.

  • Cut a piece of ¼-inch diameter PVC pipe to a length of 15 or 20 feet. The length will depend on the width of your driveway and how high you want your arches. If you want a half-circle arch, measure the width of the driveway and multiply by 1.57 to get the length of PVC pipe. If you want a taller arch, add 2 or 3 feet. For taller arches, this step requires some trial and error. Buy extra PVC pipe to allow for this.

  • Slide one end of the PVC pipe over the end of the rebar on one side of the driveway. Bend it to the other side of the driveway and slide the other end over the other piece of rebar to anchor it.

  • Repeat Steps 1 through 3 for each additional arch along the length of the driveway. Space the arches every 2 or 3 feet according to the way you want it to look. In general, the more arches the better it will look.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can find rebar and PVC pipe at your local home improvement center. The staff there will even cut them to length for you when you purchase them.
  • Wrap the arches with spirals of red electrical tape to make them look like peppermint sticks.
  • Paint the PVC pipe black with PVC paint to make them invisible at night and use the arches to support strings of lights.

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