ISSUE 22  |  DIY Landscaping

DIY: Instant Painter’s Drop Cloth Pergola

June 04, 2015 1:30 PM

BY Julie Carlson

Spotted on the blog Anything Pretty: A genius idea for adding a bit of shade to a simple wood pergola. All that’s required: A couple of painter’s drop cloths and a batch of grommets.

Above: Photo via Anything Pretty.

Jenny’s deck had a pergola above it, but the wooden structure did not provide shade. It “was hot and sunny…a combination that did not bode well for spending time out there.”

Above: Jenny bought two 4-by-15-foot Canvas Drop Cloths ($19.98 each) at Home Depot. “I cut each cloth along the fold into two pieces and did a quick seam in heavy duty thread (I’m not fast on the sewing machine but this only took 35 minutes).”

Above L: Jenny’s husband installed screws in the top of the slats so the grommeted strips could be easily attached. Above R: Jenny added two grommets on each end of the drop cloth strips. Lowe’s has a good tutorial, How to Install Grommets, and sells the Bostich 15-Pack Metal Grommet Kit for $6.28.

Above: A couple of strands of Stargazer Globe Lights ($34 each from Terrain), threaded through the slats, adds a festive note.

For more ideas for drop cloth decor, see: