Romantic Canopies on a Budget: Not Just for Beds Anymore!
by Kathy Wilson, The Budget Decorator
Description: How to create a romantic canopy for your bedroom.
Want to add a little softness and romance to almost any
room? Here is a great project on making a fast, easy and
cheap faux canopy to be hung over any piece of furniture you
want to cozy up! Drape it around a sofa or a reading chair,
hang it over an entry table or fireplace mantel for drama,
or use it to play up a focal point in any room. Oh, and
don't forget, the bed!
2 flat twin sheets, in preferred color
cup hooks (any hardware section)
1 roll narrow ribbon
Sewing Machine and thread
Iron on hem tape and iron
A Glue Gun--remember, if you use a glue gun, this project
will NOT be washable. (But it's so cheap and quick, who
Step 1 - Cut one of your flat sheets in half, lengthwise. You
will now have two long narrow panels. Sew a simple hem edge
or use iron on hem tape to close the raw edge. You will only
have to do one edge on each piece, as the sheet is finished
on the other edges!
Step 2 - Cut your second sheet into thirds, widthwise. Now you
will have three shorter panels. Hem in the same way. Keep in
mind your center panel will have to be hemmed on both edges,
as both edges will be raw. You need to add an extra 2 inches
into the length of that center panel to accommodate the
Step 3 - Cut ribbon in 8-10 inch lengths. Mark the top edge
of each finished panel every 6-8 inches. Fold each ribbon
piece in half, then attach the two raw ends to the top of
the panel, forming a loop. You can also reverse and leave
the raw ends at the top, so you can tie a bow in each loop.
Step 4 - Install cup hooks in the ceiling every 6-8 inches,
matching each of the ribbon loops on the panels. Hang the
short panels behind the furniture piece, and the long ones
to hang at each end.
You can also make tiebacks to draw back the long panels. If
you want an even more romantic look, use sheer fabrics or
netting--the instructions remain the same, except you will
have to hem every raw edge. You could add fringe or beading
to the bottom edge with a glue gun.
Combine this treatment over your loveseat with a few floral
or lace pillows for a wonderful cottage look. Add it over an
entry art display for an elegant backdrop, or use it over
your little princess's bed for a no fuss special room
treatment! You could add fringe or beading to the bottom
edge with a glue gun.
This project holds a huge range of possibilities for adding
romance and charm to your rooms, on a budget!
Kathy Wilson is an author, columnist, and editor of The
Budget Decorator and other popular websites. For hundreds of
free budget decorating ideas, visit her at
http://www.TheBudgetDecorator.com. Also visit her other
websites at http://www.Women-on-the-Net.com and
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