DIY Copper Cabana

How to make a DIY Cabana out of copper pipes

Recently my good friends at The Home Depot reached out to me with a fun DIY challenge; they wanted to know what I could create using piping. Are you kidding, I’ve always wanted to get my hands on pipes and see what I could make…challenge so totally accepted!!

DIY Challenge with The Home Depot

I was so excited, I dreamt up about 20 different things to make in a few minutes. Then I took a breath, corralled my crazed excitement, and started thinking about things I actually could use. Finally I settled on making a mini cabana, it has been on my to-do list for quite a while.

Of course copper was my first go-to pipe. Who can resist all that gorgeous coppery goodness?

The Home Depot - DIY Challenge

I know what you’re thinking. Who goes to copper pipes for an outdoor project? Won’t it just tarnish with the first rain? No worries, I thought of all that! No tarnishing required. I’m sharing the full tutorial over at The Home Depot Blog.

This cabana isn’t your ordinary cabana, I’m making mine a half sized cabana… my deck is big, but not big enough to sport a full sized one. 🙂

DIY Copper Cabana

I love how it turned out! Since there are so many trees that keep us well shaded, I opted to keep the top uncovered so we could enjoy looking up at the treetops while lounging. Of course, you may want to use your cabana for shade, so you would add a curtain panel over the top.

Tree top canopy through cabana

The cabana can stand up to rain, and I don’t remove the curtains…I simply chose curtains that were a thick blended material so it would be wrinkle resistant. When they get wet, they simply hang dry! I would recommend looking for a plain white, or light colors that won’t fade in the sun.

Sun peeking through the cabana canopy

This project added such a lovely elegance to my deck. I’m looking forward to adding more items of sophisticated elegance to my outdoor spaces in the future!

As you can probably tell, my cabana fit perfectly around my DIY outdoor sofa (tutorial found here), and that was by design. However it is a freestanding unit, so you can put a cute little bistro table, a single lounge chair, or anything you like under yours.

Copper Canana build

Pop over to The Home Depot Blog for the full tutorial to build this cabana, and to see how it looks with a bistro table instead of a sofa beneath it. I love giving you some ideas on how you can use your new cabana…

Also, stop and check out a full tour of my deck and outdoor spaces here. I think you’ll love all the outdoor projects that came together to make it beautiful!

*A special thank you to The Home Depot for sponsoring this post. All opinions, ideas, and projects are my own.

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15 Comments on DIY Copper Cabana

  1. Elizabeth
    June 12, 2021 at 6:21 pm (4 months ago)


    I cannot seem to locate the plans for your copper cabana. It’s not accessible through Home Depot site.
    Thank you

  2. Anne Kesselheim
    May 17, 2021 at 1:29 pm (5 months ago)

    Dear Ursula,

    I cannot find your step-by-step tutorial on how you build this gorgeous copper pipe cabana. I tried the link you provided but it just leads to the Blog page and there very many entries.

    Is it possible that you can share it again?

    Many thanks,


  3. Dara Shuler
    May 5, 2021 at 1:36 pm (6 months ago)

    I can’t find the blog of how to build this, doesn’t seem to be on the Home Depot site any more. Could you send it to me, please?

  4. Lisa
    April 28, 2021 at 4:25 pm (6 months ago)

    Any chance you have a copy of the post with building instructions – I am not seeing in on Home Depot’s site anymore through your link above.

  5. Katherine
    October 27, 2017 at 12:16 pm (4 years ago)


    Can you tell me how much it cost to complete this project? Thank you.

    • Ursula Carmona
      October 27, 2017 at 6:20 pm (4 years ago)

      Hi Katherine, I don’t remember exactly how much I spent, but I know it was under $100… it will really depend on the current cost of copper.

      • Katherine
        November 1, 2017 at 10:56 am (4 years ago)

        Thanks so much for getting back to me! 🙂

  6. Alfreda J
    January 4, 2017 at 7:10 am (5 years ago)

    I love how you come up with these ideas! It’s beautiful. What kind of clear coat did you use for the pipes? I’m doing a project and would like it to tuen out fabulous like yours. =)

    • Ursula Carmona
      January 6, 2017 at 7:10 am (5 years ago)

      Hey cutie! How fun! I used the Rustoleum Triple Thick Glaze spray. It did the trick marvelously! Good luck on your project. 😉

  7. Anika
    September 15, 2016 at 4:40 pm (5 years ago)

    I love this!! What a great idea! It is so beautiful!!!

  8. [email protected]
    September 6, 2016 at 7:07 pm (5 years ago)

    I love this…might have to add it to my “to do” list…thanks for this fabulous idea!

  9. Christine
    September 6, 2016 at 8:42 am (5 years ago)

    Beautiful idea! Love the copper, especially for fall!

  10. Josephine
    August 12, 2016 at 12:20 pm (5 years ago)

    Lovely! I was reading one of my mother’s magazine recently, and you were the featured Maker. I got so excited, I know her! Of course, I realize I don’t really “know” you, but as a fan of your blog, I feel like I do. Keep on inspiring!

    • Ursula Carmona
      August 12, 2016 at 4:01 pm (5 years ago)

      Oh thank you! That’s so sweet of you! Hm, may I ask what magazine that was?

      • Josephine
        August 13, 2016 at 8:55 pm (5 years ago)

        It was the BHGs March issue with you fab painted rugs. Keep up the good work.


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