Backyard canopy. Put PVC pipe into a 5-gallon bucket, then pour cement around it. Once dry, put bucket into tall planter, surround bucket w/ gravel, then top w/ soil. (Not covering pipe) Stick bamboo pole into the pipe & hang fabric w/ ties through grommets.
The Suntracking Shelter - Hammacher Schlemmer - site has a lot of cool stuff (costly) but so much can be easily made, like this... pick an outdoor fabric... some PVC pipe... I would probably make with elastic straps... a moveable shade over your picnic area!
DIY shade canopy. Using planters, fence posts, buckets, quick Crete, grommet kit and hooks. We needed more shade so decided to make this. Still need some plants in our pots but I'm super happy with the results! Better then an umbrella. Back yard project. We found shade sails on Amazon, which was much easier then making my own which I originally had done.