THE DIY “ETSY” STYLE CANOPY!!!

OKAY, so I know I have like a TON of super excited Preggers and new mommies on my Facebook Timeline and I am sure you do too (it was a long,cold winter… Lol)! So I just know y’all are gonna get a kick outta this DIY project I just finished (well sort of finished- I’m never satisfied)… I saw a lot of people selling Crib/Bed Canopies on ETSY for $75+ and they also require YOU to provide all the material, plus shipping and only God knows when you will actually receive your canopy…. Umm naw! It doesn’t even have to go down like that. I’m not knocking nobodies hustle but this project only costs you about $30 in materials and about 45 minutes of your time…. If you wanna learn how to DIY for your little prince or princess’ nursery/bedroom, keep on reading!

Step 1: Procure Your Materials

– I purchased my unfinished plywood at Michael’s for $3.99-$4.99 (you choose the size, the process won’t change).

– Wood Glue

– Nails

– Hammer

– Quilt Batting

– Fabric

– Sheer Curtains

– Decorative Materials

– Staple Gun

-Corner Brackets (optional)

– Eyelet Screws

-Incredible Hooks (or any similar drywall hook product)

 Step 2: Constructing Your Base

Take your plywood and match up the sides evenly. Apply Wood Glue and allow to dry overnight. Once it is dry nail the pieces together, and if you desire more stability install corner brackets.

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Step 3: Attach Batting

Measure, cut and affix batting to plywood using staple gun…. (Remove baby first! Lol!)

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Step 4: Attach Desired Fabric

In the manner in which you attached the batting, attach the fabric. I used some fabric I had leftover from my nursery ottoman project.

*Make sure it is smooooooth and that the pattern is where you want it to be!

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Step 5: Decorate it

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Step 6: Attach Curtains

Some people like to install a mini curtain rod back there, but I didn’t because I didn’t want to add any more weight to the unit.I chose to Staple the curtains on. I pleated and stapled two sets of shears to the inside. I also like knowing that if it is tugged on for some reason that its not going anywhere.

Step 7: Adding Your Mounting Hardware

I used Eyelet Screws as a hanging method. I used the longest screw I could find… But then again, I like to be thorough and know that its not going anywhere. I affixed two of these screws on the top left and right corners of the plywood (yes, drive them straight through the fabric and batting) as close to the edge as I could safely get.

Eyelet Screws
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I then used drywall hooks which made installation super easy! I love Hercules Hooks! They only make a tiny hole in my wall and hold up to 35lbs! Shout out to the late and great Billy Mays!!!

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Then Boom….. You’re All Done!!! Simple, cheap and completely customizable!

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