Well... I got these light garden stake things and some squishy rubbery cord stuff. They work for now. I'm going to want to make the poles shorter. All the bamboo poles I came across were skinny little ones. This thing is fun and cute! My sister informs me they have something similar at IKEA. I'm sure it cost me way more to make this one, but it was fun and I learned some things about sewing and I got to choose my fabrics. Tee hee!