fbpx Skip to Content

How to Make a PVC Pipe Canopy

Don’t want to spend a fortune on a store bought canopy? Create your own! We’re sharing how to make a PVC pipe canopy with supplies from your local hardware store.
How to Make a PVC Canopy can perfect for parties or boutiques

You’ve seen them at parties and boutiques and thought, “That’s super cute. I wish I had one!” Now thanks to my friend, Kenna, of Miss Party Mom, you can create your own. She is sharing her step by step tutorial on how to make a PVC pipe canopy. With just a few supplies you can make your own this weekend!

My friend, Kenna of Miss Party Mom, is not only very creative, she is really resourceful. She and her husband designed this fabulous PVC pipe canopy and lucky for us, is sharing the complete tutorial here.  Don’t let all the steps scare you…this is a beautifully done and thorough how to and once you do you can put the pieces away for the next party.

Inspiration for a PVC Pipe Canopy

Kenna was inspired by the idea of creating a canopy after seeing a ton of amazing canopies placed over dessert tables on Pinterest. They were all gorgeous and very well made. She wanted one to keep the sun off of “melt-able desserts” in their non shaded backyard. She begged her husband (when it comes to parties you do what you gotta do!) to help make one after finding lots of inspiration on Pinterest. They decided that although the Pinterest canopies were gorgeous- most of them were built out of wood and not “collapsible” which she REALLY needed. PVC is so durable and since she takes these everywhere durable is what she needed. She can actually just take the entire thing apart and leave the pieces outside and wipe them down when needed.

How to Make a PVC Pipe Canopy

Kenna’s husband figured he could make the canopy for under $50. He went to Home Depot and got all of the PVC piping, connector pieces and the cement mix. She went to the grocery store and got the cheapest possible cans of food I could find – Hominy Beans from Smart & Final are $2.23 each can. Large coffee cans would work too.

Before you get started here is what you are going to need:

  • 1  1/4″ PVC piping
  • 1 bag of the cheapest cement mix you can find
  • 4 large cans (beans, ketchup, coffee)
  • Saw
  • Measuring Tape
  • Pencil
  • White Spray Paint
  • Velcro Sticky Back Squares
  • 1 Queen Size Sheet for the canopy
  • 6 Yards of Fabric (3 in each color)

How to Make a PVC Canopy you will need a saw a pen and tape measure

PVC pieces cut to the following sizes:

  • (2) 2″
  • (4) 11″
  • (2) 24″
  • (2) 48″
  • (4) 59″
  • (2) 78″
How to Make a PVC Canopy have your local hardware store cut pvc pipe for you
Connector pieces you will need:
  • How to Make a PVC Canopy visual of what type of couplers to use(4) T-fittings
  • (4) 90 degree elbow fittings
  • (4) couplers
Fill each can with cement mixture and quickly place an 11″ piece of PVC in each can. Push all the way down to the bottom.
TIP: Wrap cans in colored paper or wrapping to match your party theme.
How to Make a PVC Canopy create anchors with cement
Place your four corners on the ground.

How to Make a PVC Canopy space cement anchors out and then start putting frame together

Insert couplers on 11″ pipe

How to Make a PVC Canopy add couplers to frame

How to Make a PVC Canopy picture of anchor with coupler

Place the (4) 59″ pieces in each coupler

How to Make a PVC Canopy frame should be tall enough to stand in

Frame is starting to come together.

How to Make a PVC Canopy start adding longer pieces of pvc

Now place the T-fittings on top of the 59″ pipe

How to Make a PVC Canopy attach couplers to taller pieces

Insert the 48″ PVC pipe inside the T-fittings on both the front and back pipes.

How to Make a PVC Canopy starting to come together

Should look like this from the front.

How to Make a PVC Canopy should look like this from the side

Place (2) 2″ couplers on top of the T-fittings in the front

How to Make a PVC Canopy showing where the 2in piece fits into the frame

Now place the elbow pieces on the 2″ pieces

How to Make a PVC Canopy attach elbow fittings

Insert the 78″ PVC pipe between the two elbows

How to Make a PVC Canopy showing the 78in bar

Place (2) 24″ pipes into the T-fitting on the back side of your frame

How to Make a PVC Canopy showing where the 2.4 in piece goes

Set the remaining elbow pieces on top of the 24″ piece

How to Make a PVC Canopy place elbow piece on top of back fram

Now insert the 78″ PVC pipe between the two elbows

How to Make a PVC Canopy alternate view of the 78in piece
Almost done with the frame!

How to Make a PVC Canopy back of the canopy will be taller

This project took a couple of hours but should be much faster for you since all the math and design has been figured out for you.

TIP #2: When you get the entire thing all put together spray paint small black text on the PVC pipes. Make sure you don’t spray the couplers or you won’t be able to get them off when you disassemble.

TIP #3: Label each piece so that you know where each one belongs. If you don’t, you mind end up looking at the pieces in bewilderment and wishing you had labeled them.

How to Make a PVC Canopy lay pieces out on the ground to keep track of where they go

Make the Fabric Canopy

Sewing Method

Kenna used (6) yards of fabric in creating the fabric canopy…3() yards of both colors. You will need to cut (16) 6″W x 86″L strips. Sew together with a 1/3″ seam allowance and then back it with a queen sized sheet. Sew right sides together, leaving about a 10″ opening so you can turn it inside out. Once you’ve turned it so right sides are facing out, press the opening, and stitch closed.
How to Make a PVC Canopy iron your fabric canopy
Pin the entire queen sized sheet to the stripes right sides together and then sew. Don’t skip the pinning. This is a huge piece to sew and it’s important to pin every few inches. The sheet will be a bit bigger than the canopy so make sure to trim before turning it out. Once you have completed sewing the canopy make sure to iron the edges. It is time consuming but really worth it.
How to Make a PVC Canopy make your own fabric canopy

No Sew Method

If you do not sew, you can use a queen size sheet. You can also look for a large striped heavy fabric and “hem” the edges using fabric glue.

How to Install the Fabric Canopy

Attach the canopy to the PVC pipe frame with Velcro squares. Apply a square to the upper back 78″ PVC pipe every few inches. You can purchase the sticky back kind but it is best to sew them on so they don’t come off during installation or on a windy day.

Have someone hold the frame so you can focus on attaching the fabric canopy. Move along the edge of the canopy and attach a Velcro square to the PVC pipe so it matches up with the one of the fabric. Pull the fabric canopy to the lower front PVC frame and attach and secure the Velcro squares as you did on the back side.

How to Make a PVC Canopy attach fabric canopy to the frame

Use the back bar to add a fabric backdrop. You can use Velcro squares or attach with packing tape or photography clamps. You can read more about how Kenna uses backdrops in her Top 10 Party Trends post.

How to Make a PVC Canopy add fabric canopy for shade

If you look closely you can see how she attached the Velcro squares.

How to Make a PVC Canopy. Perfect for boutiques and parties
If your fabric canopy ends up a little short, like Kenna’s did here, you can attach with fishing line and a needle.
TIP #4: Use packing tape on the back part as well as fishing line and a needle if need be to attach it to the front corners.
How to Make a PVC Canopy Love Boat inspired design
Kenna is sharing this photo as an example of what a loose and un-ironed fabric canopy looks like…she says it bothers her every time she looks at the photo so make sure you iron every time!
How to Make a PVC Canopy Rainbow themed party
Fabric canopies make the perfect 6 foot tablecloth for dessert tables too.

How to Make a PVC Canopy decked out for St Patricks Day

To create this scalloped look, cut small doilies in half and attach with double stick tape.

How to Make a PVC Canopy all decorated for Easter
How to Make a PVC Canopy dressed up for an Easter celebration
Thank you so much, Kenna, for showing us how to make a PVC pipe canopy! If you create one using her tutorial please share the photo…we’d love to see it!
How to Make a PVC Canopy step by step instructions on how to create your own
If you have any questions or would like to connect with Kenna please contact her at [email protected]. You can also find her at www.misspartymom.com.
Easter canopy photo credit Moments Captured Photography

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.