How to Make a String Bed Canopy

A bed canopy can be very expensive, depending on the style you choose. An alternative to buying an expensive new canopy is to make one. In this case, we will be making a canopy out of string.

Materials Needed

  • Hot glue gun
  • Measuring tape
  • Mounting hook
  • Small hoop
  • Ribbons and/or strings
  • Colored tulle
  • Decorative accessories

Step 1 - Shop for Your Materials

Before you begin your project, you want to make sure you can mount your canopy from the ceiling securely. Buy your hook first and choose the position on the ceiling you would most like to mount the canopy. Try to install the mounting hook. If the hook isn’t secure, you must either find a stud or a beam to which you can anchor the hook.

Once the hook is securely in place, continue shopping for the rest of your materials. A small Hula-hoop works well as the canopy hoop. For your strings, you can choose any material that you find attractive. Ribbon is a great choice, or even yarn.

You will construct the upper part of the bed canopy from tulle. You can choose any color scheme you like for the tulle to complement the strings and contribute to the design elements of your room.

Step 2 - Decide How You Want the Bed Canopy Positioned

Traditionally canopies are placed above beds, but with this style you might opt to place it above a corner chair or a chaise lounge for a new focal point in the room. If you do choose to place it above the bed, you must then decide where you want the opening of the canopy to be. It is most commonly placed facing the foot of the bed. However if the bed is pushed against one wall, you might want the opening to face the side of the bed that is not against the wall. You may also choose whether to hang the canopy over the center of the bed or more towards the headboard.

Step 3 - Construct the String Bed Canopy

First measure the circumference of the Hula-hoop. Apply this measurement to a strip of ribbon or string. Take your long strings and start hot gluing them to the piece of ribbon you have measured. Space the strings evenly to maintain uniformity.

Apply the same measurement from the circumference of the Hula-hoop to the width of the tulle. Cut the tulle into four even pieces. Take each piece and wrap the edge around the hula hoop once, until the tulle is tucked in on the other side. Hot glue the edges down on the tucked-in side so that the raw edge of the tulle does not show. Take all four ends of the tulle and tie them together in a knot. Leave a few inches on the end in order to tie another knot, which will be the part that hangs onto the mounting hook.

Now hot glue the ribbon with the strings attached to the inside of the Hula-hoop.

Step 4 - Decorate Your String Bed Canopy (Optional)

If you have a theme in your bedroom, you might want to pick up some small complementary accessories and hot glue them to the outside of the hoop portion of the canopy. Some choices might include flowers, a string of beads, feathers or a simple ribbon.