This was such a fun project I did for my little girl's first "Big Girl Room" and one of my first real DIY projects.
I wanted a canopy to put over her bed, but I didn't want it too princess-y. I just wanted it pretty and naturish. And yellow. She LOVES yellow. Hence the yellow walls....
I love the way it turned out! And, most importantly, so does she. :) My favorite parts are the draping wisteria flowers and the yellow ribbon that cascades down a few feet.
I've also been thinking of moving the canopy away from the bed and setting up a little reading nook with a book case, bean bag chair and the canopy of course. Wouldn't that be wonderful?! Something like this from Country Living:
Anyway, want to make a canopy for yourself? It's very easy and there are lots of tutorials online that are quite detailed, but for crafts like this I tend to wing it.
Heres' what I did.
- Something round (I used a wreath frame because they were on sale)
- Canopy netting--you'll need enough to go from the floor to the top, twice. (I REALLY wanted the stuff with embroidered swirls on it, but it was a lot more expensive, so I went with a pretty white netting)
- Hot glue gun
Here's my quick and dirty how-to: I cut my netting in half so that I had two pieces.
Then I looped it around the wreath frame and hot-glued it in place.
Then I used the hot glue gun to put the flowers around the top.
Then I glued ribbon draping down the side.
Then I tied 3 lengths of ribbon evenly spaced around the top and put a loop at the top of each ribbon at the same distance, then hung them on a hook screwed into the ceiling. Getting it to lay flat was the most difficult part, but once I got the loops on correctly, we were good to go!
We love it and I'm sure you will too. :) It's so easy to adapt for different styles--you can go with bright pink and black with beads and feathes if you like that, or you could go even more natural with robin eggs, sticks and flowers. The possibilities are limitless.
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