How to make your own crib canopy

How to make your own crib canopy

There is a special pleasure in decorating a nursery for any new baby. The pleasure turns to sheer joy when decorating a nursery for a little girl. Rooms full of fantasy can be created for the new little princess. But what bed would be fit for a princess without a canopy?

A king’s ransom is not required to give your little one the royal treatment. Crib canopies are easy to make and can be done rather inexpensively using a variety of materials. You will find step by step instructions on how to make four different canopy designs below.

Half-Crown Canopy

Materials: Plywood cut in a half-circle shape, small amount of paint in coordinating colors, 2 flat bed sheets, pillowcase, staple gun, ½ inch staples, 1-inch x 2-inch piece of wood cut 1-inch small than diameter of half circle, decorative trim (if desired), screws, hot glue

  1. Paint the wood half-circle in a color that coordinates with the fabric.
    2.Paint the 1-inch x 2-inch piece of wood in a color that matches the wall color.
    3. Attach a 1-inch x 2-inch piece of wood to the straight edge of half-circle using screws. This will be the top of the canopy.
    4. Starting with the back of the canopy first (the part the will rest against the wall), staple a flat sheet to the straight edge of the half-circle. Start by stapling in the center, equally distributing fabric to the edges, creating uniform pleats along the edge. You can do this by first stapling the center, then stapling the ends. Pull the fabric taught to find the center, staple this to where you estimate the center of the wood to be between the staples you have already placed. Continue to do this until all of the fabric lays flat.
    5.To create the side panels, cut a king-sized flat sheet in half. Staple these panels to the rounded edge of the half-circle, creating uniform pleats, and placing edges up to edges of the back panel.
    6. To make a valance, use a pillowcase and attach in the same fashion as the panels, across the whole front of the half-circle.
    7. You can now add decorative trim by attaching it with hot glue over the staples.
    8. Attach to wall by screwing through the 1-inch x 2-inch piece of wood. Use anchors to stabilize piece if you cannot attach directly to studs.

Draped Canopy

Materials: 3 dowels- cut to width of crib, 12 cup hooks, decorative chain, sewing machine, hot glue gun, decorative embellishments, ribbon and fabric of your choice.

1.To determine the amount of fabric needed, measure the ceiling height, multiply by two, add the length of the crib, and add an extra two to four yards, depending on the amount of swag that you desire.
2.Fold fabric in half and sew a two-inch seam at the fold. This will form the center rod pocket.
3.Placement of the other two rod pockets will depend on the size of the swag you would like. Sew two more two-inch seams on either side of the of the center rod pocket. Make sure that these are an equal distance from the center. You will now have three rod pockets.
4.Place dowels through the rod pockets and attach cup hooks to each end of all three dowels.
5.Attach cup hooks to ceiling, placing them where you want your rods to hang.
6.Attach decorative chain from ceiling cup hooks to dowel cup hooks at desired height.
7.Attach embellishments using hot glue gun.
8.Make bows from ribbon and attach as desired.

Mosquito Net Canopy

Materials: Mosquito netting, sewing machine, iron, plastic hoop, cup hook, S hook, ribbons

1.To make a canopy that will drape across the corners of the crib, cut mosquito net vertically into four equal sections.
2.To add fabric trim, make your own bias tape by cutting fabric into 5-inch wide sections. Fold in half, and press. Fold raw edge under ½ inch and press.
3.Encase the edge of the mosquito netting in the bias tape that you have made by folding it over and stitching it down.
4.You will make the topper next. To make the underside of the topper, lay the plastic hoop on the wrong side of your fabric. Cut away excess.
5.Stitch very loosely around the circumference of the hoop, leaving several inches of thread on both ends. Pull the threads to gather the fabric around the hoop.

  1. The top part of the topper consists of two pieces of fabric joined by iron-on adhesive. Cut two equal sized squares of your fabric, and a slightly smaller square of iron-on adhesive.
    7.Press one fabric square to the iron-on adhesive. Peel the adhesive backing off, and press second piece of fabric to opposite side of adhesive.
    8.Fold the bonded fabric in half, then in half again. Next fold from point to point, creating a triangle. Cut a small slit in the center of the fabric, and create a scalloped edge by cutting a half circle shape on the edge opposite of the center.
    9.Attach the netting by tying to the inside hoop, attach S hook to the loop in the netting, and pull through the scalloped topper.
    10.Attach a cup hook in the ceiling and attach S hook to the cup hook with decorative chain.
    11.A fabric chain cover can also be made by sewing a length of fabric into a tube and inserting chain through it.
    12.Tie back panels with ribbons.

Garden Arbor Canopy

This canopy is a twist on a traditional one but can be lots of fun in a little girl’s room.

Materials: Metal garden arbor, tulle, greenery vines, flowers, ribbons, hot glue gun, mini light string

1.If necessary, spray paint metal arbor to coordinate with the colors of the nursery.
2.Weave lengths of tulle through the arbor loosely, allowing it to drape slightly in spots.
3.Weave vines of greenery through the arbor.
4.Run a string of mini-lights through the arbor.
5.Attach flowers and other embellishments using a hot glue gun.
6.Set in place around the head of the crib.


Crib canopies can add a touch of elegance to your nursery, but you must keep in mind that there is a hazard of the baby getting tangled in long lengths of fabric. Please keep in consideration the age of your baby when choosing the right canopy design for your little one. While it is possible to have a long and flowing canopy for a very small one, as soon as they are old enough to pull themselves up, the design should be changed to a shorter one that is out of their reach.

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