Easy DIY Sukkah

In our High Holy Day marathon, we have moved on to the next holiday- Sukkot. However, this is a fun one and for the first time, I am determined to build a sukkah. I have meant to every year and every year I let it get away from me. Well the little one is old enough to be really good at nagging reminding, so this year, I followed through, even though for a split second, I wasn’t sure. Now that it is up, I am so glad that I went through the effort! The best part? I will be able to save everything and use it year after year! Check it out!

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Here is what you need:

  • 12 pieces of 1/2″ PVC pip (it comes in 10′ pieces)
  • 8 1/2″ corner¬†fittings
  • 8 1/2″ ‘male’ adapters (there is always a threaded ‘female’ end on one part of the corner fittings so you have to get this to make up for it, obnoxious but true)
  • 3 sets of shower curtain rings (you can find these at the dollar store)
  • 3 shower curtains (I grabbed mine at Big Lots)
  • 6 6′ garlands (I grabbed mine on clearance at Michaels,¬† you could always grab more if you wanted, of course)
  • PVC pipe cutter

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To start, decide how big you want your sukkah to be. I went with 6’x6’x6′ because that was easy and would fit in my space while still allowing me to stand up inside. Because the PVC pipe comes in 10′ pieces, I needed 12 pieces. The first step is to cut down the PVC pipe to the size you need.

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Next, I attached all the adapters to the corner fittings.

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To start building the sukkah, I put the bottom square together. I made sure all the male adapters were facing up for the vertical pieces because they will add a bit of length and I thought adding a bit of height would be the best use of these pieces.

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Then I added a pipe in each of the adapters vertically and added the last for fittings on each one. Again, I made sure that the ‘male’ adapter piece was on the vertical pipes.

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I put the last four pieces of PVC in the top to make the “roof” and I was done with the build! I really is that easy.

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At this point, I could start adding the walls and the first step in this was hanging each set of shower curtain rings on the side and back walls.

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Then the shower curtains went up, this was more of an arm work out than I was anticipating. I chose to have the decorative side facing in because of where my sukkah was in my back yard. If I had it in the middle where you could see the sides, I may have faced them out, that would be a personal call. If you really wanted, you could put two on each so it was pretty on both sides though I don’t really think that is necesary.

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Lastly, the roof, I did try to look for more of a greenery option, but none of those vines were on sale. I knew that I wanted there to be greenery in the garland and I lucked out that the ones I ended up grabbing were on 60% off clearance with all of the fall decor because all the other options were oranges and reds which would have been fine, but not the aesthetic I have been going for this season. The best part of this was the since the actual garland was kind of like a chain, I was able to loop the end into one of the shower curtain rings to hang it- I love when things work out like that!

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I also love how the roof turned out! All the heart eyes y’all, all of them.

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To finish it off, I put our table back inside and we have a fun little sukkah to eat, craft, read and play in to our hearts content! It really only took about a half hour to put together so I don’t know why I have avoided it for so many years.

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Have you ever built a sukkah? Let me know in the comments below!

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