How to make a four-poster bed canopy

Written by louise harding
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Canopies are a symbol of lavishness. Once canopies were a protection from drafts, but as modern heating units have been employed in the home, canopies now are synonymous with romance. Canopy beds with frames can be expensive and occupy more space than a standard four-poster bed. A canopy for a four-poster bed can be achieved for a fraction of the cost and in a minimal amount of time.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • 12-inch-wide metal ring or embroidery hoop
  • Clear fishing line
  • Cup hooks (screw in)
  • 32 yards tulle or sheer netting
  • Satin ribbon
  • Embellishments (optional)
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • 2-inch-wide satin ribbon [1-plus yards]
  • Scissors

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    How to Make a Four-Poster Bed Canopy

  1. 1

    Cut tulle into 4 pieces, 8 yards each. Fold each piece of tulle in half. The folded end is the "top." Trim the raw edges straight, as these are the ends of the canopy and will not be hemmed. Place on flat surface.

  2. 2

    Gather each piece of tulle with a needle and thread at the top. Gather each piece to approximately 4 to 5 inches wide at the top. (The bottom will be ungathered. Do not gather both ends.)

    To gather: Lock your first stitch around the top edge of the tulle by completing a few stitches. Insert needle in and out of top edge of tulle, pulling the thread in and out until you reach the end of the tulle piece. Pull the thread, tightening the tulle until it is 4 to 5 inches wide, then lock your stitch around the edge by forming several stitches.

  3. 3

    Glue each piece of gathered tulle in four sections around the top of the ring.

  4. 4

    Glue 2-inch-wide satin ribbon around the outside of the gathered tulle-covered ring to cover the gathered portions.

  5. 5

    Cut four pieces of 26-inch-long clear fishing line. These will be the hangers. Position a piece at each quarter of the ring so that the ring will hang balanced. Tie each piece of line against the metal ring, and then tie the tops of each piece, forming 4 loops.

  6. 6

    Screw four cup hooks, centred above the four-poster bed, into the ceiling.

  7. 7

    Glue satin roses or other embellishments around the tulle/ribbon-covered ring in equal intervals.

  8. 8

    Hang canopy from loops on cup hooks. If you have purchased large cup hooks and your space between bed and canopy seems shorter than the tulle you have hanging, you can hook the metal ring directly onto the hooks.

  9. 9

    Spread tulle over ends of bed and tie with ribbon to each bedpost if desired.

Tips and warnings

  • For a feminine look in a girl's room, glue satin roses in a scattered pattern all over the tulle in same or contrasting colour of the tulle.
  • Use caution when children and pets are around the canopy. Canopy tulle could pose a choking hazard if pets or children become tangled within the hanging yardage. Use caution when using glue guns, as some types reach extreme temperatures, leading to burns.

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