Make your own bed canopy

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A bed canopy is an inexpensive way to add a touch of romance and mystery to a bedroom. By using lightweight curtain panels and basic hardware you can make your own bed canopy quickly and easily. Canopies work in kids' bedrooms too; create a pirate's hideaway for your son or a pretty fairy princess bed for your daughter.

Open a plastic 10-inch embroidery hoop and discard the inner ring.

Slide the two sheer curtain panels onto the hoop and screw it back together. Make sure each panel is at least 96 inches long.

Tie the end of one of the 24-inch lengths of ribbon onto the hoop in the gap between the curtains. Secure it with a double knot. Do the same with the other length of ribbon.

Tie the ends of the ribbons in a bow.

Run a stud finder along the ceiling in the general area that you would like to hang the canopy from. Locate a stud and mark it with a pencil.

Drill a 1/8-inch pilot hole at the pencil mark using a 1/8-inch pilot hole bit and drill.

Screw a threaded pot-rack hook into the hole and tighten it into the ceiling stud.

Slide the centre of the bow over the hook to hang it.

Position your bed underneath the canopy and arrange a curtain panel on either side to complete the look.

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