How to Build a PVC Arbor

What You'll Need
PVC pipes
PVC cement
PVC connectors
Post hole digger

If you want to add an interesting feature to your garden, then why not consider adding a PVC arbor? These features are a great place to decorate with plants and ivy, and they also make attractive backgrounds for special occasions, particularly when you have the family gathered around you. Making a PVC arbor means that you can move the object around easily, so it will always be a centerpiece in your garden. This is not a difficult project to complete, and you should be able to construct your PVC arbor within a day of starting.

Step 1 - Cut the Frame

Begin by cutting down the PVC pipes until you get suitable lengths for an arbor. You should need at least four pieces of pipe which are 6 or more feet high. Cut these to the same length, and then lay these out on the ground. You should then cut four more pipes to 3-foot lengths, and fourteen into 2-foot lengths. You will also need some off cuts which are 6 inches in length.

Step 2 - Begin Fitting Together

Take the four pieces which are 6 feet long, and place the PVC T-connectors onto them. These should be glued into position in order to make them secure. Add the two-foot section of pipe to the top of each connection, and then add a T connector to the top of this connection. You will then have four poles around 10-foot high.

Step 3 - Continue the Fitting

Take a four-way connector, and attach to the top of the pole. Repeat for the others, and then add the 6-inch pole to the top of each connector. Place a PVC elbow on each of these lengths of pipe. You should then connect the two 10-foot pipe lengths together, and repeat for the other side. You will have two sides of the arbour.

Step 4 - Finish the Connection

Take your other 2-foot pipes, and add these to the top of the four-way connectors. You should then place a three-foot section into the other holes in those connectors, and into the elbows on the other set of poles, making a crossover at the top. You should then repeat this for the other side. This has created the PVC arbor.

Step 5 - Plant the Arbor

You can now put the arbor into the ground. Use your post hole digger to make four holes. Push the four legs of your arbour into the holes, and then fill in the hole with earth. You can then add plants and bushes around the arbor. Good plants to use are ones such as the ivy or the climbing rose, which will wrap around the sides of the arbor, and add an additional dimension to your PVC creation. Small bushes will also help cover the holes which you have dug into the ground. Should you want to move the arbor at any time, you will need to take the climbing plants along with the arbor.