To make an outdoor canopy, plant posts into the ground, connect the posts with cross beams and drape the cross beams with canvas material. You need a shovel, posts, cross beams, canvas, hammer, nails and concrete.
- Prepare the posts
Get four 4-by-4 wooden posts of the desired height, bearing in mind that a third of the length needs to be buried in the ground for stability. For instance, a 12-foot tall post needs to be placed in a 4-foot deep hole, leaving only 8 feet of clearance.
- Dig the holes
Dig four holes at the corners of the location of the outdoor canopy, making sure they are deep enough for one-third of the length of the chosen posts.
- Plant the posts
Place the posts in the holes. Fill the holes with concrete, ensuring that the posts are upright.
- Prepare the cross beams
Purchase four 2-by-6 cross beams that are the length of the space between the posts. For instance, if the posts are all situated 10-feet apart, the cross beams need to be at least 10-feet long.
- Attach the cross beams
Attach the cross beams between the posts using a hammer and nails or screws. This is the structure across which the canopy drapes.
- Add the canopy
Drape canvas or other material across the cross beams to complete the canopy.