Making your dessert table or tray the centrepiece of your party is an easy way to create impact without spending a fortune on decorations. A fabric canopy also provides cover from the sun if you are entertaining outside, and protection for the cakes, biscuits and desserts. Use strong cardboard -- corrugated if possible -- and coloured fabric to match your decor.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Thick cardboard
- Wooden dowels
- Parcel tape or duct tape
- Fabric paint
Cut a large rectangle of cardboard from a box the same size as the width of your canopy and double the height of your canopy. Fold the cardboard in half -- scoring the bend if necessary -- so that one side of the cardboard forms the backdrop and the other the top support for the canopy.
Make holes in the corners of the cardboard "roof" and attach four wooden dowels, securing them with parcel tape or duct tape so that they enable the cardboard canopy to stand up. You can stick the ends of the dowels in plasticine or make a U-shaped base support with holes for the dowel ends.
Cut fabric the same size as the backdrop and roof so it covers the cardboard completely and hangs down three or four inches from the cardboard roof. For a striped carnival effect use coloured duct tape and fabric paint to decorate plain fabric. Glue the fabric to the cardboard, taking care not to use too much glue if you have thin fabric.
Cut a semicircle out of cardboard and use it as a template to cut a scalloped edge into the overhanging fabric. A scalloped edge works particularly well if your canopy is decorated with stripes. Other ideas for finishing the edge of the canopy include simply hemming the edge, or adding a string of bunting.
Attach fabric to the inside of the backdrop using parcel tape or duct tape so all the cardboard is hidden. You can also use squares of hook-and-loop fastener, or double-sided tape if the fabric is light. Place the canopy on top of a table with a colourful tablecloth underneath and add your dessert selection.
Tips and warnings
- If you want to make a larger canopy to shade a table or seating area you need to create a stronger frame using PVC pipes.
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