Saturday

DIYP #36 Making a Little Girl's Canopy & Chandelier


My 9 year old daughter wanted to make a few changes to her room. She's in between the character bedding stage and the free-spirit teenager bedroom style.

In other words, I can still have my way with her room.

After looking through a couple of magazines (and having a mild heartache at bedding and room decor prices), we agreed she just needed a few big girl touches.

So, I thought a canopy over her bed would be fun.  I bought a long white tab top curtain. (I got mine at Ikea, but they are available just about everywhere). 

I bought different colors of wide ric rac that matched her quilt from a fabric store.

I spaced the ric rac strips out on the curtain. I heated up my glue gun and she helped secure each piece:


I bought two cheap curtain rods and attached the hardware to her ceiling. I threaded the tab top ends thru one rod and hung the other end of the curtain by draping it over the other rod:


I'm really pleased with how it turned out! It gives her bed a canopy-feel and cost approximately $25. 

My daughter saw some cute girly chandeliers in a Pottery Barn magazine that were the price of a minivan, so we made our own.

I bought a cheap beaded candle holder.  It caught my eye because it was a hanging candle holder.

I found some crystal hanging things (I think they were ornaments) to hang on the bottom of the candle holder.


I glued a strand of fake pearls on the bottom to hang it:


Turned out pretty cute:


I think our homemade 'chandelier' is pretty cute, especially since it cost less than $10!

{Please note that my DIYP posts will move to Fridays (instead of Saturdays) starting next week}


30 comments:

Tammy said...

You never cease to amaze me with you great ideas. And this one is SO cute.

Amy said...

That looks great. I bet she LOVED it! I'm definitely planning to do something similar for my two oldest.

Amy ~ The Salty Momma

Rina said...

This is really great! My girls would love something like this... thanks for the ideas!

JanMary said...

I love both - very impressed by your skills :)

I blogged about my 9 year old's bedroom makeover this week - but not really anything I made myself.

It agree is a really hard stage to find suitable bedding and fabrics for that age.

Leanne said...

Those are really pretty. Mine is still young enough that character bedding is the be all and end all of a stylish room makeover, but I'll keep in mind.

Susan said...

That just looks awesome! Way to go Mama!

Heather's Home (aka Chez Hez) said...

This is adorable and what a reasonable/frugal way to make your daughter's room completely her own! I've been wanting to do some things to my 5 year old's room, too. This gives me a great place to start. Thanks for sharing!

~ Heather

Songbirdtiff said...

I love the canopy idea. I might have to try that!

AmyG said...

Oh wow... very cute ideas! Thanks for sharing!

BlondeMomBlog (Jamie) said...

You are brilliant! Seriously. My 6 1/2 year old is obsessed...I mean OBSESSED with a bed canopy and a chandelier. Definitely a girl thing.

Uh and I've been scouting these things out. Chandeliers are definitely the price of a minivan!

Tracey said...

Love your ideas! The chandelier looks like something I could even do (which is saying alot!)

Lisa said...

I LOVE THAT YOU CAN STILL "HELP" WITH HER ROOM. I CAN NO LONGER.
LOVE THE CANOPY AND BEAD PROJECT TOO.

HUGS FROM MAINE

http://sophie4me.blogspot.com/

MyLinda said...

I love your projects, job well done! I also love to do DIYP and just redid my daughter's (12) bedroom for Christmas.

If you want to take a peek at mine you can go here... http://mylindascraftsblog.blogspot.com/2009/01/brookes-room-makeover.html

Jenn-Lee said...

That turned out so cute. Design on a dime for sure! I have been wanting to make canopy's for my girls room and still ahve not done it. The chandelier was so sweet. Little girls deserve to feel like the princesses they are. Thanks for sharing!

Innkeeper Seely said...

So cute! I've used PVC pipe and off the shelf valances and curtains to make canopies. Here's a photo of one: http://www.blueberrycoveinn.com/rose-garden-room.html

For a full canopy you make the frame of pvc and 4 corners (from the plumbing department) and suspend it from the ceiling with hooks and ribbon.

southerninspiration said...

Very cute and girly, too! I wish my dd would want girly again......sigh.

Suzanne

Composing Hallelujahs said...

oh my goodness... i really have to do the canopy for my girls! it's perfect! thanks for sharing such a great idea!

Holly said...

So cute! I love the chandelier!

Sarah @ BecomingSarah.com said...

It looks pretty cool! How does she like everything?

MomToTwo said...

I am loving the canopy! What a great idea with the ric rac!

Bridget said...

So, so cute! I am a big fan of ric rac AND hot glue guns! :)

Lori Robertson said...

So cute! I am stowing these ideas away in cases I am ever blessed with a little girl to help even out the testosterone level in my home. :)

Madeleine said...

That is so cool! I am definately showing my 8 year old this idea!

Pam said...

Great ideas - and very cute. Thanks for sharing.

The Happy Housewife said...

Very cute ideas! Love the canopy. Perhaps if we ever stop needing bunk beds in our house I will make one.
Toni

Karla said...

What great ideas! The canopy turned out great! So clever! And the chandelier...I love that it was so cheap, but even more that it was totally personalized for her - not just something that came from a store! Great job! :)

~Karla

The BLAH BLAH BLAHger said...

Really good call on both projects!!! Perfect decor for a tween...or 32 year old. : )

chickadee@afamiliarpath said...

that's wonderful!

Mandy said...

Wow. this is fantastic! Great job. I am impressed!

Kids Music said...

Its really amazing!!