A Dreamy Canopy Tent

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posted on October 3, 2012 by  |  posted under Boys, Crafting, Decorating, Fun With Kids, Girls

A Dreamy Canopy Tent

Ladies, have I got a fun little project for you! In my house, we are always making little tents. Mmy kids love nothing more than throwing some blankets over the table, or stringing a line, and hanging a sheet over it. They could be content for hours playing in a tent. I decided it was high time I made them a cute tent that would be easy to put up and take down with a little help from mommy. This beautiful canopy tent only requires 3 items to make.. and it will probably take you about 10 minutes to whip it out!! It is dreamy and oh so cute! My little family is in love with it already!

A Dreamy Canopy Tent

Here is what you will need:

3 packages of cheap curtains

1 spool of ribbon (you may need 2 if you want to hang it longer)

1 huge embroidery hoop

The supplies details:

Okay, so for mine, I used an off-white ribbon that was 1 1/2 inches by 12 feet. I picked it up from a local craft store. If you want to hang your canopy tent a little lower you may want to buy 2 spools as I used one entire spool for mine! I also got my embroidery hoop from a local craft store. It is a 23 inch hoop, and I think it is just the right size!  The curtains I used are the IKEA LILL white curtains. They are a really lightweight mesh fabric. They are so perfect for this project. If you have an IKEA near you, this is a perfect option. You can also search eBay or Amazon to see if you can find them there. If not, you can choose any light weight curtain with a casing along the top! These curtains are 110″ wide by 98″ tall. Each package comes with 2 panels, so total you will have 6 (110″ x 98″) curtains! make sense? Okay.. moving on!

A Dreamy Canopy Tent

Take the hoop piece completely apart and put the hardware pieces somewhere you won’t lose them!

A Dreamy Canopy Tent

Slide a small plastic bag over the end of the open hoop (put the end in the center of the bag, the corners of the bag catch on the fabric) then twist the ends of the bag around the arm of the hoop.

A Dreamy Canopy Tent

Begin sliding the curtain fabric onto the hoop, the plastic will help it glide on smoothly. Make sure the casing seam, along the top of the curtains, is facing the inside of the hoop.

A Dreamy Canopy Tent

Slide all 6 panels onto the hoop, and it should look something like this! Then remove the plastic bag.

A Dreamy Canopy Tent

Now take the hardware you removed from the hoop in the beginning and screw the hoop back together. Clamp the two ends tightly together, then slide the curtains over the closing. Make sure the curtains are evenly distributed around the hoop.

A Dreamy Canopy Tent

Cut 3 pieces of ribbon. I cut mine about 4 feet long, but if you want your hoop hanging farther from the ceiling then cut the ribbon longer. Then spread the curtains and loop the ribbon around the hoop.

A Dreamy Canopy Tent

You will place one ribbon every 2 curtain panels, that way the curtains will be even on every side. Fold the ribbon in half around the hoop and make all the ends meet at the top where it will hang.

A Dreamy Canopy Tent

Tie them in a knot like so….

A Dreamy Canopy Tent

Then remove any tags from the curtains, you can do this in the beginning if you would prefer ;)

A Dreamy Canopy Tent

Have your handyman hang a hook from the ceiling in a secure place. You can find hooks at most home equipment stores and they are very simple to install.

Hang the knot over the hook and then spread two of the curtain panels to create a door! Add some fun touches like pillows and stuffed animals, and your tent is all ready!

A Dreamy Canopy Tent

A Dreamy Canopy Tent

A Dreamy Canopy Tent

 It is basically heaven to watch them play!

A Dreamy Canopy Tent

If you want to take it down when you are done playing, it is really simple: twist the curtains together and swing them around the top under the ribbon. You can throw them in a bag or store it just like this!

A Dreamy Canopy Tent

Simple, fun and absolutely beautiful!

I hope you and your little ones enjoy!

A Dreamy Canopy Tent

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COMMENTS
  1. October 3rd, 2012 at 6:54 am
    Nicolette says:
    Oh, I absolutely love it! My kids LOVE tents too and it drives me crazy to have the blankets constantly strewn all over. What a perfect solution!
  2. October 3rd, 2012 at 7:41 am
    gina says:
    Cute and easy! I love it!
  3. October 3rd, 2012 at 8:29 am
    Missy says:
    Brilliant using curtains - no sewing..I like that! Your pictures are so gorgeous.
  4. October 3rd, 2012 at 8:43 am
    Alison says:
    Super cute! I love it!
  5. October 3rd, 2012 at 11:27 am
    Sherron says:
    This is wonderful! I now know what I am making for my little girl for Christmas! Thank you for sharing this project!
  6. October 3rd, 2012 at 12:29 pm
    danielle says:
    I love this. My toddler will love this. Thanks!
  7. October 3rd, 2012 at 2:25 pm
    Shelley says:
    The twins will LOVE This. Yep. We are sooo doing this.
  8. October 3rd, 2012 at 7:43 pm
    Stephanie says:
    I actually have some of thos IKEA curtain panels and have been mulling over how to begin this for my daughter's room - so the post is perfect timing for me! Thank you!
  9. October 4th, 2012 at 6:34 am
    Megan says:
    Thanks for sharing such a great tutorial. It looks beautiful in this room. Enjoy!
  10. October 4th, 2012 at 7:53 pm
    Sue I says:
    Simply beautiful! thank you for sharing.
  11. October 9th, 2012 at 5:51 pm
    Stacey says:
    I am DYING! I need to make one of these for my daughter's birthday party that is in 4 days and I thought I would have to buy a bunch of mesh and a hula hoop and sew it on! Seriously, this is the best tutorial ever for this! I LOVE it and it is beautiful and dreamy! Thank you!!!
  12. October 9th, 2012 at 6:23 pm
    jenni says:
    this is soooooo awesome. thanks for teaching me. i'm a grandma (mimi) and i want to do this for some future grands down the road. i recently saw the movie, "the holiday" with jude law and jack black, kate winslet and cameron diaz. at the end of the movie at jude law's character's house, he has rigged up a tent that just blows my mind. I want one of those. your tent reminded me of it. i might have to rig one up for myself to enjoy. why not?
  13. October 9th, 2012 at 7:52 pm
    Patricia says:
    Hi,

    Love it!!! Where did you get the little white table? Is is so cute and I need to get one for my daughter.
    Thanks,
  14. October 9th, 2012 at 9:18 pm
    Amy says:
    I did this exact same project with those IKEA curtains (and I have the chandelier too!) I loved your idea of using a plastic baggie to avoid the snags. Mine is not up right now because I used a screw in hook and my daughter pulled it down. So I'm wondering what kind of hook you used. Is there something more secure that I could attach to the ceiling?
  15. October 11th, 2012 at 10:11 am
    Deb says:
    Love the canopy tent! My kids will love this.
  16. October 20th, 2012 at 9:45 pm
    Iiona says:
    I love this and will be trying it in the next few weeks
  17. October 24th, 2012 at 6:27 pm
    Nadine says:
    I will be using this idea to put above the head of my daughters bed with pink curtains to match the bed. I've been looking for something like this for ages so thank you laura
  18. July 25th, 2013 at 10:02 am
    Samantha says:
    I love this! Can not wait to make one for my daughter. I'm wondering if you put something other than ribbon at the top? The picture I saw on the page before this, looks like there is tulle or something on top.
  19. August 5th, 2013 at 8:31 pm
    Erin says:
    Lara, I love this! I am halfway through making mine and I wanted to ask you before I cut the ribbons....how tall are your ceilings? I think maybe mine are a little shorter, because it looks like I need to hang it pretty close to the ceiling. Thanks for sharing your creativity!
  20. August 26th, 2013 at 7:13 pm
    Claudia says:
    Thank you for sharing this! I just finished doing it and hanging in my daughter's bedroom on her bed
  21. September 4th, 2013 at 11:08 pm
    Haley says:
    I love the idea...will have to try! But can you use a hula hoop instead???
  22. July 13th, 2014 at 1:14 pm
    Lisa @ Charlie The Cavalier says:
    I was going try this with the same curtains! The small hook fell down the first time so I will try a new one. Thanks for the help.
  23. September 17th, 2014 at 9:04 pm
    sara says:
    I really love this. It sounds so simple to do. I am going to do this for my daughter. Just wondering if you have or anyone else have tried this with lights?
  24. October 21st, 2014 at 1:15 pm
    Danielle says:
    Did this with a small hula hoop & fun fabric shower curtain/rings :)
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