3 Ways to Dress Up a Copper Pipe Arbor

Try one of these budget-friendly ways to dress up a copper pipe arbor for any party.

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Build Copper Arbor

Before starting, build a copper arbor. Follow our instructions here.

BALLOON ARBOR

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Jennie Andrews

What You'll Need:

  • balloons in coordinating colors
  • adhesive dots
  • fishing line
  • scissors

Blow Up + Tie Balloons

Blow up several balloons. Next, tie balloons together in pairs at the tails.

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Tie to Fishing Line

Tie a long piece of fishing line around the first pair of balloons. With each additional pair of balloons, just wrap the fishing line around the tails. Continue until finished.

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Jennie Andrews

Wrap Around Arbor

Wrap around arbor, and fill gaps with extra balloons using dot adhesive.

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Jennie Andrews

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Jennie Andrews

TISSUE FLOWER ARBOR

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Jennie Andrews

What You'll Need:

  • (3) coordinating tissue paper colors
  • pipe cleaners in coordinating colors
  • stapler and staples

Make Flowers

Use three different complementary colors, each cut a little smaller than the other. Fanfold in about 1-inch increments (Image 1). Tie pipe cleaner tightly around the center of the tissue paper (Image 2), and fluff the tissue paper one color at a time to resemble a flower (Images 3 and 4). To make a large flower, combine two flowers by flipping them upside down and stapling together (Image 5).

Attach to Arbor

Attach flowers to copper arbor by twisting the pipe cleaner tightly around the pipe. To add flowers at an angle in corners, stretch a piece of tape from one bar to the other, and attach the flowers to the tape. You can also use tape to layer flowers on top of each other.

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DIP-DYE ARBOR

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What You'll Need:

  • fabric dye in desired color
  • drop cloth
  • plastic drop cloth
  • fabric scissors
  • squeeze bottle for dye
  • bucket of water
  • large paintbrush
  • straight pins

Remove Seams

Remove seams from the drop cloth for a raw edge look by cutting with scissors and ripping.

Wet + Dye Cloth

First, protect work surface with a plastic drop cloth. Next, wet the drop cloth with water using a big paintbrush. Make it fairly wet and work a section at a time. Squirt some already mixed dye, and spread with the paintbrush about halfway down the cloth. Let dry overnight, then wash alone on the hottest setting.

Attach to Arbor

Attach to the arbor using straight pins.

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Jennie Andrews

Photo by: Jennie Andrews

Jennie Andrews

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