Wedding columns are vertical posts that can transform an ordinary space into something extraordinary and special. No matter where the wedding venue is, the addition of at least two wedding columns will make the occasion even more memorable. Wedding columns don’t need to be made of centuries-old stone. With the plethora of craft materials available on eBay, it’s possible to create realistic-looking wedding columns simply and inexpensively.
Choose a Size
Homemade wedding columns can be constructed in several different diameters and heights. For this project, which makes use of sonotubes, the diameter and height choices will be limited to what is available in pre-manufactured sonotubes. Sonotubes are sturdy cardboard concrete forms that are used in construction. They are lightweight, and they come in the perfect shape and thickness to make homemade wedding columns, even without the use of concrete. Choose a sonotube length that is longer than the tallest guest. A 4-foot long sonotube won’t make a very impressive column display, but a 6-foot long sonotube may work if no guests are over 6 feet tall. Otherwise, a 7-foot long sonotube will work better.
Apply Weather Stripping
Weather stripping has a pull away sticky backing that will adhere very well to the sonotube. Choose weather stripping in a variety of widths. Lay the sonotube on the ground and, about two thirds of the way down from one end, wrap a wide piece of weather stripping around the column. One inch or so from that, apply a second strip of narrower weather stripping. Repeat the same process on the opposite end of the tube.
Attach the Base and the Top
Next, gather six pieces of 3-inch Styrofoam squares. Two squares should be 16 x 16, two should be 14 x 14, and two should be 12 x 12. Stack three of the squares so the largest one is on the bottom, the next smallest one is in the middle, and the smallest one is on top. Do the same with the other three squares of Styrofoam. Use a hot glue gun to secure the squares to one another. All each stack to dry thoroughly. Glue one stack to one end of the sonotube, with the smallest square attached to the sonotube. Do the same with the second stack of squares on the other end of the tube. Allow the glue to set overnight.