the Chuppah challenge.

In a collaborative effort with my friend Sarah we created a Chuppah for our friends that were getting married. Sarah and I have complementary talents so as she let loose on the beautiful painting, I figured out the structure.  She did this free hand by the way, she is awesome.


I had the challenge of creating a structure to do this beautiful painting justice. I would like to add here that Heidi and Seth trusted us completely and only told us the colors they wanted us to use. As you know  I drive a small car, so I needed to make so I could collapse it and fit into my Honda Fit.  I started with some scrap wood I had that conveintly already had hinges on it, and cut it to the size of the painting so that two sides would be attached and two sides would kinda drape.


I then set out to make the support system.  Still keeping in mind that I had to transport this in my little car, and it had to stand up.  So I purchased  “gasp” some inexpensive 2 by 2 pieces of wood, four matching plastic pots and some quick-setting cement.  After rigging up a crazy leveling system from the beams of my garage I filled each pot with the cement, made sure the wood was level and quickly walked away before I messed with it too much.


Here they are all dried up.  I drilled a 5/8 hole in the top of each wood post and inserted a hanger bolt of the same size. I dug up sort of matching washers and wing nuts that fit the bolts.


I then stretched the painting out,  stapled two of the sides, and attached these braces.


I had to enlarge the corner hole with my drill so it would slip over the hanger bolt when I attached the top to the wood supports.  At this point my husband arrived to help me attach it so that I could figure what other supports I would need so it wouldn’t twist.  Throwing bungee cords over the ceiling structure of the garage to hold it so I could think it through. Using the scraps I made 45 degree miter cuts and attached them to the wood support. (coincidentally this is when I nicked my finger)


If you look closely you can see my cryptic little markings that hopefully would make it easier to match up the support to posts when I was setting it up for the ceremony.  It almost worked but my orange and red marks looked the same when dry.  Learn something new every day!  At this point I took it down and rolled up the painting and gathered the rest of my supplies and tools I would need.  Fingers crossed and a grumpy teenager in tow we headed out on this ridiculously hot day to make a quick stop at Joann‘s fabrics and get some ribbon and well fabric.  I chose the lightweight ivory muslin that was 118 wide so I got a lot of bang for my buck. With the generous help of the father of the bride, we got it up. No thanks to the grumpy teenager.  I tacked all the fabric up using good old-fashioned thumbtacks and tied it off with ribbons to make it complete. I think it turned out pretty darn nice.  I do think the beautiful setting helped a bit.

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MAZEL TOV!! Heidi and Seth.


4 thoughts on “the Chuppah challenge.

  1. Hi ladies ~~ you did an absolutely fabulous job; and this post is terrific! You really should go into business!
    Mom Tolchinsky


  2. This was the most special Chuppah I have ever seen. Not only did it accent Heidi and Seth’s special day, it became a memory to have for a lifetime. That it was made with friendship, only adds to the beauty. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.


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