Fail: Backyard Shade

Pin Reaper: Aimee N

Original Inspiration: http://www.allyou.com/m/budget-home/easy-decorating/how-to-make-a-canopy
via: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/50384089553791258/

Pinterest Fail Backyard shade inspiration

What I Did: I attempted to make the backyard shade canopy. However, it was a total failure! The bamboo poles couldn’t hold the weight of the tarp I used, causing it to be saggy and floppy. I attempted to make this the day before my annual Labor Day picnic. My family sure did get a kick out of it.

My Result:

Pinterest Fail Backyard shade result

Next Time I Will: Use wooden poles in place of bamboo.

Pinterest Fail Backyard shade storyboard

 

3 COMMENTS ON THIS FAIL:

  1. Neriad13

    The dog seems to be heartily enjoying it.

  2. Storm

    Attach the tarp to your actual house, THEN attach it to a strong base. My dad did this every summer so I could play in my kiddie pool for hours on end without getting sunburnt.

  3. Kerry Day

    You used tarps rather than fabric so yes, it is heavy and will FAIL. I was very surprised to see this is supposed to be a “budget” home decor item, because I figure, even if you have the tools, it costs almost $500 USD to make this. This is all from Home Depot and JoAnne’s, and you even have to get someone to buy half your bamboo. I used the cheapest material I could find that most closely resembled the stuff used in the instructions. It does not include soil, cable ties, or plants:

    3 80-lb. bags cement mix = $11.70
    http://www.homedepot.com/p/Quikrete-80-lb-Concrete-Mix-110180/100318511

    4 lengths Schedule 40 PVC pipe = $30.00 http://www.homedepot.com/p/Formufit-2-in-x-5-ft-Furniture-Grade-Sch-40-PVC-Pipe-in-White-P002FGP-WH-5/205171547

    4 22″ to 24″ tapered planters, 10″ diameter at base = $289.36 (cheapest Icould find that resembled the original)
    http://www.homedepot.com/p/Algreen-Valencia-14-in-Square-Charcoal-Polystone-Planter-17635/205874283

    40-lb. bag of gravel $3.35
    http://www.homedepot.com/p/Quikrete-50-lb-All-Purpose-Gravel-115150/100318444

    4 8′ bamboo poles = $40.39 for half a bundle
    http://www.homedepot.com/p/Backyard-X-Scapes-2-in-D-x-8-ft-H-Natural-Bamboo-Poles-10-Piece-Bundle-HDD-BP07/203841434

    3 yards outdoor fabric, 54″ wide = $74.97
    http://www.joann.com/waverly-sun-n-shade-outdoor-fabric-sunburst-canary/8301061.html#prefn1=refinementColor&srule=price-low-to-high&prefv1=Yellows&start=1

    Grommet kit = $7.96
    http://www.homedepot.com/p/General-Tools-1-2-in-Solid-Brass-Grommet-Kit-71264/100200416

    TOTAL COST = $472.48

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