Make a Dreamy, DIY Play Canopy for a Kid's Room
This magical night sky canopy is a simple, no-sew project to make on a rainy day. Using materials readily found in your local big box store, you can create a special place for your child to read books, relax and play with toys. Best of all, this project is easy on the wallet and doable for novice DIYers.
- 1 flat queen-size bed sheet
- 20-lb. fishing line
- thin, sturdy rope
- small hula hoop
- gold glitter paper
- gold metallic paper
- wooden stars
- blue acrylic paint
- white acrylic paint
- screw-in ceiling hook
- fabric glue
- double-sided tape
Thread Rope Through Hem of Sheet
Cut a small slit in the top left corner and the top right corner of the sheet; be sure to only cut through one layer of fabric in the hem. Tie a few knots at the end of the rope, then thread the rope through the top left slit (Image 1). Thread the rope all the way through the top hem of the sheet to the top right corner. Gather the sheet on the rope as you go (Image 2). Pull the rope through the slit on the top right corner. Gather the sheet as tight as possible on the rope and tie both ends of the rope together (Image 3).
Attach Hula Hoop to Sheet
Paint the hula hoop to match the color of the sheet (Image 1). Cut five 24” lengths of fishing line and tie them to the hula hoop equal distance from each other (Image 2). Take all five ends of fishing line and thread them through the gathered opening in the sheet (Image 3). Drape the sheet over the hula hoop and glue the opening of the sheet to the hoop to secure it (Image 4). Hang from the ceiling using the screw-in hook.
Paint the wooden stars white and glue to the sheet, along the ridge created by the hula hoop. For each hanging star, cut two of the same star from either the gold glitter paper or the gold metallic paper. Using double-sided tape, attach the two stars back to back with a length of fishing line in between (Image 1). Tape the fishing line to the inside of the canopy so the stars hang at various lengths (Image 2).
Make It Inviting
Fill the canopy with blankets, pillows and your child’s favorite toys or books, and let him dream the day away!