How to Make a Hanging Tree Canopy

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There's something magical about a canopy hanging from a tree, whether it's for a romantic picnic spot, a private oasis to read a book or a kids' hideaway. This canopy, made with a quilt hoop and sheer curtain panels, is very easy to assemble. But it doesn't have to stay outdoors. It also works its magic indoors, hanging above a chair or a bed.

Things You'll Need

  • Large wooden quilt hoop (18" to 24" diameter)
  • 3 sheer curtain panels
  • Fabric scraps
  • Ribbon
  • Silk flowers
  • Clothespins
  • Hot glue gun
A hanging canopy
A hanging canopy (Image: Jonathan Fong)

Step 1

Purchase a large wood quilt hoop at a crafts store. Look for the the largest size, which, depending on your store's selection, will be between 18" to 24" in diameter. The quilt hoop comes in two sections – an inner hoop that is continuous, and an outer hoop, which has a break in it with a screw for tightening.

Start with a large quilt hoop
Start with a large quilt hoop (Image: Jonathan Fong)

Step 2

We'll start with the inner hoop. Gather a sheer curtain panel so the top edge of the panel sits within the hoop. Repeat with two more curtain panels so that the panels are gathered equally around the inner hoop. (Note: If you do not have sheer curtain panels, a few yards of netting or organza will work just fine.)

Gather three curtain panels in the inner hoop
Gather three curtain panels in the inner hoop (Image: Jonathan Fong)

Step 3

Slide the outer hoop over the inner hoop and sheers, locking them into place by tightening the screw.

Lock into place with outer hoop
Lock into place with outer hoop (Image: Jonathan Fong)

Step 4

At the three points where the three sheer panels are separated on the hoop, tie a ribbon around the hoop, and then tie the three ribbons together at the top. The canopy will be hung on a tree branch from these ribbons.

Tie ribbons around the hoop
Tie ribbons around the hoop (Image: Jonathan Fong)

Step 5

To cover up the wood hoop, we will create flag bunting to go around the top. Cut triangles out of scrap fabric and hot glue the pieces to a ribbon. Make the bunting long enough to go around the circumference of the hoop. There is no need to hem the triangular pieces of fabric; the unfinished look adds to the charm.

Create flag bunting for the top
Create flag bunting for the top (Image: Jonathan Fong)

Step 6

Hot glue silk flowers to wooden clothes pins. These flower clips will be used as colorful tiebacks and fasteners for the canopy.

Glue silk flowers to clothes pins
Glue silk flowers to clothes pins (Image: Jonathan Fong)

Step 7

Secure the flag bunting to the quilt hoop with one of the flower clips.

Clip the bunting to the hoop
Clip the bunting to the hoop (Image: Jonathan Fong)

Step 8

Pull back one of the sheer panels and use a flower clip as a tie back to keep the canopy open. Clip a ribbon to the tieback to accentuate the swag in the sheer.

Clip a tieback to the sheer panels
Clip a tieback to the sheer panels (Image: Jonathan Fong)

Step 9

For more color and whimsy, insert a safety pin into some yarn pom poms, and pin these at various points on the canopy. When it's time to take down the canopy, the sheers slide out of the quilt hoop, and the flower clips and pom poms come off without damaging the sheers. After all, putting up and taking down the canopy should be as carefree as lounging underneath it.

Pin pom poms to the sheers
Pin pom poms to the sheers (Image: Jonathan Fong)

Tips & Warnings

  • If you do not have sheer curtain panels, a few yards of netting or organza will work just fine.
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