Thank you for the help. I like yours. I'm off to buy a lot of pool noodles.😊I followed the tutorial and made one. Here are a few thoughts on my experience.
1. Figure out a substantial base before you start. I used 3/4" pvc slipped over rebar pounded into the ground and it was not enough. I also made mine with 2 uprights and a middle connector but my planning didn't work out great. Mine was top heavy and I had to keep tieing it up to a tree that was luckly above it. Last year I just used them as creepy trees.
2. Start with a lot of pool noodles! Probably best to buy a whole box from the dollar store and supplement with some other sizes. Darker colors would be easier to paint. I wish my arch was twice what it is.
3. It took way more spray paint to cover it than I planned. Again - neon green is a hard color to cover, even with several layers of melted shrink wrap.
4. A large roll of shrink wrap stolen from work and hung from the ceiling is awesome!
5. Expanding foam can definitely help to make things more solid. Allen Hopps of Stiltbeast Studios has some great YouTube videos of sculpting the loctite brand foam and its very fun and versatile.
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'don't forget to wrap your noodle'. LOL. Such a memorable line from these videos!!!!Someone say vine arch? lol. Original maker here. One thing I can say for sure is that you will be repainting it every year if you paint it like I did. The spray paint for plastics DOES NOT stick to stretch wrap well. I tried undercoating spray paint in 2019 and it failed as well, but not as badly. Turned out that the stretch wrap fim is just too slick and stretchy for paint to adhere to very well. Getting ready to repaint the entire thing for 2021 and I'm going to base coat it with latex carpet adhesive this time and see if that does not do away with the peeling. Start on it now if you are going to make one. Took me 3-4 months of days off to make.