How to make your own party tent

Updated March 23, 2017

A beautiful canopy tent adds charm and a touch of magic to any party. It extends a welcome to guests while providing a shady shelter from the sun or a protective cover for a light rain. A fabric canopy tent even adds to the beauty of the yard and the house exterior, creating a relaxing, festive ambience. All items needed for a festive canopy are available at DIY centres and fabric stores. By spending a little time and following a few simple steps you can create an inexpensive, yet enchanting canopy tent your guests will love.

Punch holes in each corner of a white super king size sheet, using the grommet tool. This is the canopy tent top. The standard super king sheet dimensions average 183 cm × 198 cm (72 in × 78 in). Attach a grommet to each corner hole. A grommet is a ring placed in a hole in a fabric piece that allows a rope or cord to be threaded through without tearing the fabric.

Measure out the dimensions of the king size sheet in the intended canopy area outside. Set four large decorative or terra cotta pots in the intended area, each at a corner location. Fill each pot with sand or soil, using a shovel. Sink one 2.5 cm (1 inch) diameter, 3 m (10 foot) long white PVC pipe solidly into each pot, by twisting and pushing firmly with your hands.

Slide each corner canopy grommet over the corresponding corner PVC pole top. Tie a white clothesline cord end around each pole immediately under the canopy grommet. Sixteen feet of clothesline cord is needed for each of the four poles. Pull the cord attached to the pole out from top corner spot at a 45-degree angle until it is tight. Secure the cord to the ground, using a plastic stake and a hammer. Cut off the excess cord. Repeat this process for each of the remaining three poles. This keeps the canopy taut and keeps the tent from dipping in the middle. More than one person is typically needed to accomplish this step.

Wrap each pole, from the pot to the canopy, with white gauze or a filmy fabric such as tulle, crepe, organdie or taffeta. Wrap each cord extending out of the poles with the same gauzy fabric from the ground to the to the pole top. Wrapping the cords makes them visible and less likely to be tripped over. Create a large standard bow, using the same filmy fabric and tie it onto the pole, above the cord, where the pole meets the canopy. This adds a decorative, finishing touch that visually connects the canopy with the poles.


For a larger canopy tent, sew two or more king-size sheets together. You may have to add a PVC pole under the centre of the canopy (with a pot in the middle) and additional poles around the canopy perimeter for added support. Embellish the canopy tent and poles with strings of white lights to add luminescence to the area at night. For a more colourful canopy, find the desired colour for the sheet and match it to the filmy fabric. Spray paint the PVC poles to match the canopy colour.

Things You'll Need

  • White king-size bed sheet
  • Gauze
  • Grommets
  • Grommet tool
  • Flower pots
  • Sand
  • Shovel
  • Four 2.5 cm (1 inch) diameter 3 m (10 foot) long PVC pipes
  • Clothesline cord 19.2 m (64 feet)
  • Scissors
  • Hammer
  • Plastic ground stakes
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