Convincing our daughters that all boys are frogs, and they are princesses, what girls bed would be complete without a crowning touch like an overhead canopy? Making one yourself is extremely easy and affordable.
a staple gun, fabric glue, a piece of plywood or other rigid board cut to a circle, and some drywall screws and hand-held drill
For the one pictured, I used some soft felt for the underside cover and the top ring (1 1/2 to 2 yards should be more than sufficient), 2 colors of sparkle tulle (about 8 yards each-on sale, this runs about $.79 per yard!), some zebra print ribbon for the tie-backs (1 yard cut into 2 pieces), some sequined cording (about 1 1/2 yards), over-sized faux pearls (1 package) and a black feather boa. You can find all of this stuff at a crafts store; I like Hobby Lobby because they put their fabrics on sale frequently. For this canopy, I spent about $20-25. You can find something similar online for much more and it’s not nearly as “customized” to suit your daughter’s room decor.
How to start:
1) Using a trash can lid or something similarly sized and round, trace an outline on your wood to make a circle and cut the pattern. You may also try a double-layered rigid foam board with the two pieces glued together if a saw is not something you want to tackle.
2) Using some of the felt, cut a square large enough to cover the circle and begin stapling to the back side just tucking in the edges as you go. Don’t worry about how it looks on the backside since this will be the part that is going to be secured to the ceiling.
3) Now secure the long tulle drapes to the backside of the canopy with staples. The length of the drapes should be long enough to make a nice scoop down from the ceiling and to the wall just above each corner of the headboard and then hang to the ground.
4) Cut the remainder of the felt as if you are making a rectangular banner and scallop or “V” the edges as you desire. The length should be enough to cover the circumference of your wood circle; the width should be the amount you want to hang from the ceiling. Using fabric glue, glue whatever garnishments (sequins, pearls etc) to the edges you would like. Because of the weight of the pearls I used, a simple threaded stitch holds them in place.
Now, using the staple gun, wrap the felt around the edge of the circle securing it to the backside of the board. Glue the boa around the top; this will conceal any wrinkles or small flaws.
5) Using drywall screws and a drill, position the circle on the ceiling above the bed and secure it to the ceiling well.
6) Gather the long tulle drapes and position them against the wall as desired and fasten them in place with the staple gun.
7) Make a bow and staple that in place to the tulle drapes.
That’s it. A canopy fit for a queen! Questions/Comments? I welcome your feedback.