How to Make an Inexpensive Tent for Weddings

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Making your own tent for a wedding or other outdoor occasion can be an inexpensive alternative to renting one, especially if your party is small. In addition, this is a very easy project to assemble and disassemble. This 20 by 15 foot tent can be staked into the ground, or cement blocks can be used to stabilize the poles. Any white, durable fabric can be used to create the tent cover (canvas, tent fabric, nylon). White PVC pipes can be left bare, or covered with fabric wraps, string lights, or flower or plant swags.

Things You'll Need

  • 5 - PVC 4-way connector
  • 4 – 10 feet long PVC pipes
  • 2 – 20 feet long PVC pipes
  • 2 – 15 feet long PVC pipes
  • 4 – 12 feet 5 inches long PVC pipes
  • 7 ½ yards by 5 ½ yards white fabric
  • String or twine

Attach one 10-foot long PVC pipe to the middle bottom hole of each four-way PVC connector. These will be the tent poles.

Create a 20 by 15-foot rectangle by connecting the 20-foot and 15-foot pipes to the side holes on the four-way PVC connectors that are on the 10-foot tent poles.

Use one four-way PVC connector to connect all four of the 12 feet, 5 inch long pipes. This will form the tent peak.

Connect the tent peak to the corners of the rectangle frame, using the final middle top hole in the PVC connectors.

Set up the tent frame by staking the poles into the ground, or by stabilizing them with cement blocks.

Tie a 15-inch length of string to each corner of the 7 ½ by 5 ½ yards fabric rectangle.

Use these strings to pull the fabric over the tent frame and tie them around the tent poles to secure the cover.

If desired, decorate your tent poles or hang lighting.

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