A Beautiful Butterfly Bed Canopy
Children’s bed canopy is a very popular choice for parents looking to bring a bit of style and enchantment to a child’s bedroom design. There are plenty of different varieties Bed-Canopy being sold online and in the shops.
For girls, the emphasis seems to be on pink princess style canopies and for the boys, a little unimaginatively, soldiers and medieval knights seem to dominate.
Personally speaking, for something a little more unisex, and with more of an inspiring innocence and wonderment, I prefer a butterfly bed canopy.
The symbol of the butterfly has long been linked with the soul and more specifically with transformation and development. Today it is more often associated with freedom and joy.
Whatever it’s symbolic connotations it is a very suitable choice for children of both sexes and, in my opinion.
Something a little more real and worthy than the hackneyed story of princesses and knights.
Animals and nature were very much a part of my childhood.
When I was growing up and in this busy modern world where kids grow up so fast.
I think there is no harm in bringing them back to the wonders of nature whenever possible.
It is perhaps a bit much to expect a butterfly bed canopy to change the development of your child’s life for the better, but it certainly won’t do any harm and will add a greater sense of class to your overall interior design.
When I was a girl almost everything I owned was homemade, even many of my clothes because my mother was very handy with her sewing machine and there wasn’t much she couldn’t put together with the right materials.
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Today it’s almost unheard of for parents to make things for their kids.
Time is short, typically both parents have to work, and there’s hardly a product out there that isn’t been produced by one company or another so why not just buy it!?
I have nothing against purchasing anything as long as you are getting value for money and the product you are buying is of a half decent quality.
There are a couple of pretty butterfly bed canopies out there on Amazon and eBay.
If you just want to get on with things and start brightening your kid’s bedrooms today then please go ahead and purchase one today.
Below are different butterfly bed canopies, You can buy online from Amazon. As you will see they’re not expensive so grab one today.
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Alternatively, if you do have a little time and you like making things then why not jump on the arts and crafts revival bandwagon!?
One of the great things about the internet, amongst many, is the opportunity it has given to many new craftsmen and woman to reach a wider audience with their beautiful homemade products.
This has also lead to many other people taking an interest in home crafts and making things for themselves, my mother would be delighted.
There are some beautiful fabrics out there and with just a little time and effort it shouldn’t be difficult for you to make your own DIY butterfly bed canopy.
Even something really simple like buying some pretty patterned gauze or linen and then sewing on butterfly shapes cut from felt would be lovely and not beyond anyone’s skills.
Make it together with your child and get them interested in making things too. It’s a win-win situation. Go down to your local haberdashers for some inspiration and advice.
I hope you do try to make your own butterfly canopy because I think you will find the experience rewarding. I have filled the rest of this site with general articles about butterflies that I hope will give you some inspiration.
Whether you buy or make bring a little bit of nature and wonder into your child’s bedroom with a bed canopy covered in butterflies!
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Here are some simple steps so that you can make your own butterfly bed canopy at home. There are lots of different types of bed canopy, but this project is ideal for a girl’s bedroom as it is for a suspended canopy that hangs above the bed and drapes either side and around it.
Be careful though – although this canopy is not very heavy, as it is suspended from the ceiling, you must make sure that you are able to screw a hook into the ceiling over the head of the bed.
You will need:
- a chandelier hook
- the inside ring of a large embroidery ring
- 12 meters (13 yards) of lightweight light-colored material (muslin is ideal)
- a further supply of fine lightweight cotton fabric in different colors, about 1 meter (1 yard) pieces in 4 or 5 colors
- 5 meters (5.5 yards) ribbon and some trimmings if you like
- a supply of iron-on fusible fabric webbing (make sure it’s suitable for the material you’re using)
- some iron-on fusible hem strip (make sure it’s suitable for the material you’re using)
- a hot glue gun
First, decide how low you want your canopy ring to be from the ceiling, take that measurement and cut the ribbon into 4 lengths of that measurement plus about 10 cm extra.
Tie the ribbon onto the embroidery ring at the four compass points and then tie all the pieces of ribbon together at the other end so that they will loop and hang off the ceiling hook.
Then cut your canopy fabric into four equal lengths. Each at least 2 meters long, so that they will hang all the way from the embroidery ring to drape over the bed. On the bottom end of each length apply some iron-on fusible hem strip so that it doesn’t fray
Next cut the different colored pieces of tulle into butterfly wing shapes in different sizes. Make sure you have at least 4 wings of the same size per butterfly. The easiest way is to think of each wing as a teardrop – or you can go online and find a butterfly pattern.
You can have as many butterflies as you like!
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Then carefully follow the instructions on the fusible fabric webbing, iron on the wings to your canopy fabric in a butterfly shape.
Use remaining pieces of ribbon and trimmings to make up the bodies of the butterflies, sewing or gluing them in place.
Once you’re finished decorating the canopy fabric, take each of the four lengths and fold one end over the embroidery ring in between the four ribbons. This can be a bit tricky on your own, so get someone to help you out. Fold enough fabric over so that you can attach the fabric to the embroidery ring with the glue gun.
If you have spare trimmings or ribbon, you can glue some of that onto the embroidery ring to finish off.
Screw the ceiling hook into the ceiling and carefully hang your canopy so that two lengths of fabric drape behind the bed, and two pieces drape over the bed. And voilà – a butterfly bed canopy fit for a princess!