Although these are very cute, this whole thing started with Little Miss . . . and her fear of the finials on her curtain rods.
Don't ask. I have no idea what she finds so sinister about them. Then again, I was probably scared of even simpler things in the dark when I was her age.
Anyway, so she was scared of the finials at night and since taking down her curtains wasn't an option (her room gets the full sun in the morning, and I don't need her waking up any earlier than she already does), I set about to give her a little hideaway so she wouldn't have to see them while she was laying in bed.
I pinned this image of a delightful bedroom awhile back which gave me the initial inspiration:
I tracked down those rose canopies . . . they are from Pottery Barn Kids and they are $99! Well, I want to comfort my little scaredy cat as much as the next mom, but not for a hundred bucks. Even as I pinned it, I did so adding the description of "maybe I could DIY something similar to this . . ."
As it happened, Mr. Skooks and I had recently bought a new lampshade for our living room lamp. We were on a *zazz it up* kick and after hitting up the tired old base with some teal spray paint we upgraded the shade on there as well. It was really dingy and the shape of it didn't help to illuminate the room as well as I would have liked. One larger (and cleaner) drum shade later and I had an old lampshade at my disposal.
Want to make your own flower canopy? Here's what you're going to need:
- Old lampshade - one that gets narrower towards the top is best (thinking if you don't have any around your house, you could probably score one at the thrift store pretty easily) - if it's cracked or stained this will not matter at all, it will all get covered up by the end!
- Glue Gun - or some other kind of glue that can adhere fabric to your shade
- Green Felt for the leaves/stem (I actually splurged a wee bit and got a wool blend felt for this part because the regular felt colors were way too shocking and bright - this one had a nice "grassy" variation in it to tone down the pink) - I got a 1/2 yard of this which was 36" wide
- Pink Felt (or whatever color you want your flower to be) - I bought this off the bolt . . . I want to say it is 60" wide and I bought 1/3 yard which is just about the perfect amount if you are only doing one layer of petals. Originally I was planning on doing 2 layers of petals, but after I did the first round and realized I didn't have enough felt left to do another layer I just went forward. If I was doing it again, I would buy a bit more felt to make some more petals.
- Cording - you'll need to measure your space and decide how low you want your canopy to hang. I didn't measure mine, but I think that I had 3 pieces that were about a yard each. Keep in mind, I was going to hang these over a small bunk bed (Kura from Ikea). These were in the stash.
- Large Paperclip
- Fabric for the canopy - Remember when I said I used the chunk of fabric that I cut off the bottom of my sewing room curtains? This is where I used it! Once again, I didn't measure it . . . I feel this is one of those areas where you need to decide how much coverage you want and if you want that gauze-y ethereal look or if you want to just use-what-you-got like I did and sub in some fabric you already have on hand. In my case you're looking at a Full size flat sheet that I lopped a piece off width-wise and then cut in half length-wise. I didn't need it super long because, as I said, I was going to hang it over a bunk bed, but you will definitely want to measure your space and add length as needed. If you want it to look more like my inspiration photo pick up some soft tulle.
- Ceiling Hook - we had one in the basement we weren't using . . . yes!
I didn't take a picture of the step right before this, but first you need to hem 3 sides of your canopy fabric. Since I was using the bottom of a bed sheet, one side was already done. Here's the part of the story where I tell you I was so lazy about not wanting to iron the sides under twice to stitch a hem that I used a package of white double fold bias tape to cover the raw edges. It was sitting in my stash, and I have no idea what I was ever going to use it for, so there you have it. Anyway, AFTER you hem your pieces, you need to glue them around your shade. I started at the seam on the back.
This is what it should look like when you've put both pieces on. If your pieces leave a small opening in the front it's fine. If they overlap, that's fine too. I was really kind of letting the materials I had in front of me dictate the final product, you can likewise improvise with what you have. :)
I toyed with a couple different petal placement options. I started with the idea to just overlap one over the next until I had gone all the way around (as in the PB version). But I didn't like it as well as what I ended up doing, which was to put one next to the other leaving gaps in between and then adding a layer over top of those two. (If you look at my finished project I think you can figure out what I mean even if my explanation isn't the best. I hope, anyway!)
Then find a big bowl:
Work your way around until you've got all the leaves cut out. (It was at this point Little Miss declared it a strawberry. Modify your leaves to whatever shape you like the best.)
Set your leaf piece aside. Reach into the shade and attach your cording. I tied 3 pieces around the ring at equal intervals so that my shade would hang straight when I was done.
Tie a knot at the end of your braid. Slip the paperclip through it.
Cut a length of your green felt for the stem. I didn't over-analyze this step, but my piece was probably about 4 inches wide and a yard long. Adjust depending on how low you want your canopy to hang. Then just fold it in half (to make a 2"x36" piece) and sew a line down towards the edge to close it up. As you can sort of see from my terrible photo (can you tell that the day was wearing on as I finished this up and all the natural light was gone?) I didn't even bother to switch my thread from white to green. You can, but I figured it wasn't worth it and no one would really see it anyway. I think I am mostly right about that.
Now you'll want to feed the stem piece through the hole in the leafy piece. Take your paperclip and feed it through the stem. This will take a little bit of work, but it's not too hard and having the paperclip in there will help you guide it through with a bit more ease. Work it through til it comes all the way through and out the top. It should be a bit scrunchy if you made your felt piece longer than your cording. I like that look, but adjust if you want it to be a straight piece.
The last step is to glue down your leaf piece to the top edge of your shade:
Attach your hook to the ceiling, slip the paperclip into the hook, scooch your stem piece up over the hook and you're all done!
Cute, fun, and keeps the scary finials out of sight. ;)
If you end up making one, I would love to see it! Leave me a comment or add a picture to my Flickr group if you wish.
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