Making a canopy net can add an accent that will take your bedroom from plain to romantic in one afternoon. Alternatively, maybe you have a little girl or niece who has recently learned that she is royalty and wants her bedroom to reflect her newfound status. Whatever the reason, canopies are incredibly easy to make.
You'll need mosquito netting, a round plastic or wood crafting ring, tape, strips of ribbons or decorative cord, ceiling hooks and decorative pieces to add to the netting when you're done. Measure the distance between the ceiling and your bed to determine the amount of material you'll need for the netting. You can buy netting at hardware stores, sporting goods stores or online. It comes in a wide variety of colors, so decide if you'll be sticking with neutral white or venturing out into ice-blue territory. When shopping, keep in mind that polyester netting lasts longer, and feels lighter. If your netting is intended to not only be decorative, but also provide protection from pesky, blood-sucking insects, buy netting that has been treated with pesticide.
Stitch a 3-inch hem on one side of the netting. Slip the hoop into the hem's slot, making sure that it's even throughout, and leaving the slot at the end open. Attach three ribbons or strips of decorative roping at equal distance from each other around the hoop and tie them together. This will create a hanger.
Drill two or three holes into the ceiling and attach ceiling hooks. Three holes are recommended if you think the canopy will be swung open and shut frequently. Hang the netting by looping its attached ribbons or roping over the hooks. Spread the netting out until it fans out around the bed the way you wish.
Hem the bottom of the netting using a decorative stitch, or sewing on a decorative border. And finally, the fun part! Add decorative pieces like butterflies, jeweled sparkles throughout the netting.