DIY Pillars

Wedding on Roof

Looking through tons of bridal mags for reception ideas, ceremony ideas, details, flowers.. it all meshes together after a while.  As I was going through the Ceremony publication for San Diego for ideas on my own wedding, I ran across a ceremony picture (above) that just stuck with me.  Black straight-lined pillars with vase on top – great for a modern feel!  To rent this would be a couple hundred $$.  So, I decided this was something simple enough to DIY and save $$!  Some calculation is needed before you go to Home Depot or Lowes.  You will need to determine:

  • dimensions of your desired pillars (based on what kind of floral arrangement on top)
  • number of pillars you want

When you get to the hardware store, you will need to determine:

  • type of wood; cost varies (will you paint on it, spray, fabric overlay?)
  • how many pillars can be made from 1 wood panel;
  •  then have the store cut the wood panel to dimensions of pillar panels.

Remember that when you nail each pillar panel together, you are creating a “T”, so 2 panels should be one width (outside panels) while the other 2 pillar panels should be slightly smaller width (inside panels), so as to be accurate to your desired overall pillar dimensions (if exact dimensions are critical to you).   There is a science to this simple looking project!  =)

Here are some photos I took as Jayson and I built our pillars:

Materials: pre-cut panels, pre-cut 2x2s, wood glue, finishing nails, hammer, and a dog to supervise the project!

Materials: pre-cut panels, pre-cut 2x2s, wood glue, finishing nails, hammer, and a dog to supervise the project!

panels and 2x2s nailed together (missing 4th side and top)

panels and 2x2s nailed together (missing 4th side and top)

4 pillars.. ready for a paint job!

4 pillars.. ready for a paint job!

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