How to make a princess canopy


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Making tissue pom poms is much like making tutu’s – slightly addicting, You know you should stop, but they’re so stinkin’ cute you just want to make more and more.

Before the hubs staged a tissue paper intervention, I channeled my love for all things pom into a princess canopy for the Cupcake’s bed.

How to make a princess canopy How to make a princess canopy

To say she loved this could be the understatement of the year, and it cost a fraction of the princess canopies that you’ll find on pricey kids retail websites. I am going to guess that my total cost for this project was about $10 – $15 and the Princess Cupcake got to pick the fabric and help make it, and there’s no price you can put on that fun.

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own princess canopy:

  • Sparkling, glittery lighweight tulle or gauzy fabric (use your JoAnn’s coupon!)
  • Princessy fabric for the interior of your canopy – the Cupcake picked out pink polka dots.
  • Laundry basket from the dollar store. Yes, it cost just one dollar. Get the largest one you can find.
  • Tissue paper pom poms – instructions here. I used two sizes of poms by cutting the full sheet of tissue in ½ to make smaller pom poms for this project.
  • Glue gun
  • Floral wire
  • Ribbon
  • Ceiling hook

Here’s how to make your princess canopy

1)   Take your princessy interior fabric and hot glue it to the middle of the inside of your laundry basket. (Yes, I forgot to take a photo of this step, this is what the inside looks like though.)

How to make a princess canopy

2)   Once dry, then gently pull the edges to the lip of your laundry basket all around. Hot glue it to the lip of your laundry basket, and drape it over the lip. Hot glue it a couple of inches down the side of the basket.

Here’s the view looking up at the princess canopy from your princess pillow.

How to make a princess canopy

If you didn’t have the inside fabric, your princess would be looking at all your hot glue mess and laundry basket.

3)   Measure your tulle fabric from the height of your canopy to the length you want it to fall below your bed and cut your fabric to that length. (I measured before I left the house and bought just what I needed.)

4)   Glue your tulle fabric to the outsides of the laundry basket. I only used one piece of fabric on this one. If I did it again, I’d use two and criss-cross over the fabric in the front to give it more of an open canopy feel. It’s bugging me, so likely I’ll go back and fix that.

How to make a princess canopy How to make a princess canopy

5)   Make your pom poms. For this project, I used 6 large and 6 small tissue pom poms.

how to make tissue paper pom poms

6)   Start gluing or using your floral wire to attach your flowers to the laundry basket. Mine has six large flowers around the outside and six smaller flowers around the top. Depending on the size of your basket, you may want more or less. Because I just can’t let it go, I will probably go back and add a row of smaller flowers onto the bottom edge of this one.

How to make a princess canopy How to make a princess canopy

7)   I used wire on the top of the basket to make a loop, then I strung ribbon through the wire loop to make the ribbon hanger from the ceiling.

8)   Put your ceiling hook in above the bed and hang up your princess canopy.

How to make a princess canopy

It’s a princess canopy, perfect for a royal nap!

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  1. Kim Dickerso says

    I made this for my niece for Christmas, just wanted to let you know it turned out GORGEOUS!!! Thank you so much for posting this!

    1. Trista Perot says

      That makes me so happy Kim! Thanks for telling me!

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