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How To Make a Wedding Chuppa

The wedding chuppah is a symbol of the new home the new married couple will build together (as surrounded by their families). So before spending big bucks renting your chuppah from a florist, why not build your chuppah as well? Here are some simple directions on how to build your very own wedding chuppah with inexpensive and easy to find materials.


Four 7-8ft posts.   We especially love when the poles are made from birch or bamboo

¾ inch wooden dowels 

Fabric. Some options: plain white sheet of fabric, traditional tallit, a quilt sewed by your grandmother, or other sheets of beautiful fabric that compliment your wedding décor

1 Drill

How To Build A Birch Wood Chuppah: 

STEP 1: Measure where you would like the wooden dowels to connect to the posts. Make sure your dowels do not all connect at the same spot so they do not overlap: Side bars can be 2 inches lower than front and back bars

 STEP 2: Drill holes into the birch posts with a 5/16 inch bit about ½ inch deep.

STEP 3: Cut down the dowels to the desired length.  (About 6ft should be good) and begin screwing 1 dowel into one branch. Secure the dowel into the post with a large screw. Repeat for the additional 3 other posts

STEP 4: Placing on the Fabric: There are several ways to place the fabric on your chuppah skeleton.

  • Buy an extra long fabric that can simply drape over the sides of the chuppah
  • Attach strings or strings of fabric to the sheet of fabric to be tied onto the corners

STEP 5: Use flowers of your choice to decorate the corners of the chuppah to cover any unattractive corners. Hydrangeas and orchids on wire are perfect for this.

 **This chuppah is not free standing and must be held on each post. If you would like a free standing chuppah, each post can sit in a flower pot filled with cement  

How To Make a Wedding Chuppa

How To Make a Wedding Chuppa

Categories: Planning 101, DIY