How to Make an Easy DIY Crib Canopy

5 Materials
1 Hour

Editor's Note: If you intend to try this project, please ensure that your crib is far enough away from the wall so that your baby cannot grab the curtains. Putting the crib too close to the curtains may create a choking hazard and can be dangerous. This canopy is intended to be decorative and not to be closed. Please craft carefully.

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When I found out we were going to have a baby girl I wanted to go all out with her nursery, complete with lots of pink, a crystal chandelier, a canopy over the crib and lots of little girly touches. I didn't put up my daughter's canopy until she was about 10-11 months old but honestly she didn't even sleep in her room during that time (and here come fond memories rushing in of long nights with the bassinet by our bed 😊).

First things first, I needed something to hang the canopy from. I wanted my canopy to come down the wall instead of a hoop canopy that would hang straight overhead, so that my daughter would be less likely to mess with it. So I went on a search at a couple flea markets the summer before Brynlee was born and one of my main goals was to find a shelf or a fancy metal piece that the canopy could hang from. I got lucky and found the perfect decorative metal shelf for $15! Now that I had my shelf I could start making my canopy!

Canopy Supplies

-Decorative Shelf

-Spray Paint for shelf *optional (I used Rust-Oleum pink spray paint and Rust-oleum mirror effect)

- sheer curtains

- velcro- tiebacks*optional

-needle and thread

Since the shelf I found was black and didn't at all match the theme for my daughters room I experimented with spray painting Rust-Oleum pink spray paint and then spray painting Rust-Oleum mirror effect over the top. I loved how that turned out so I also spray painted an ornate iron frame that one of our tenants left behind with the same technique and displayed it underneath the shelf. I then purchased a wood B for Brynlee, painted that pink and put glitter on it, then put it inside of the frame. 

After I had finished hanging everything up, it was time to start on the curtains. First I measured the shelf. Then I measured the velcro to the same measurement as the shelf and cut it. Next I folded the sheer to that same measurement. Lastly I stuck the sticky side of the velcro to the sheer and sewed it altogether for added support. You don't have to be a master sewer to sew it together (I know I'm certainly not), it just has to be secure enough to not come apart.

After I had the sheers all sewed up it was time to secure them to the shelf. First I took the opposite side of velcro and stuck it to the inside of the shelf. Then I placed the sheer with the velcro onto the piece of velcro I had just stuck on the shelf. That's it. Pretty easy stuff. 

This is how the canopy looked after I finished assembling it.

I liked how the sheers looked draped on the crib but ultimately I wanted them off the crib and secured to the wall so I purchased some pretty crystal tiebacks.

After I had the tiebacks screwed to the wall I arranged the curtains to my liking. Here's the finished look. I absolutely love how the crib canopy turned out! It looks just as good with the crib converted to a toddler bed, which is how it is now. Although my daughter has been mentioning a big girl bed so stay tuned for when I switch it out to see how the canopy looks with a regular bed. To see tons more pictures check out my blog post here.

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  • Betty Hopkins Betty Hopkins on Mar 03, 2022

    I have a very simple solution! As a mom, I have to agree this is very dangerous. I take care of my two year old and she would pull that curtain down for sure! Anyway, what if you put two additional hooks on each side of the crib that is far enough away that a child can't reach the curtain? You could swing the drapes away when the child is using the crib and you can use the hooks for hanging diaper bags etc. Just a suggestion.

  • Robin Robin on Mar 04, 2022

    Lovely! I’d add fabric to the back wall as well 💗

  • Heather Heather on Mar 16, 2022

    I think it is lovely, by the time the baby will be able to stand changes can be made and sometimes simpler is better than way more material! It is all in the liking, We can watch these designer shows, and they all come in and change "everything" then the next one changes another room to look like the orginial room decorated!

    But please where did you get the tie backs??

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  • Happy Days Hometalker Happy Days Hometalker on Mar 09, 2024

    A darling room, you should be proud that you were able to pull it together in such a lovely way.

  • Carey Marshall Carey Marshall on Mar 14, 2024

    It is very pretty. My kids never bothered the window coverings in their room. It was years later that people started warning about children hanging themselves in things. Part of any child raising is vigilance. We had an intercom between the baby's room and the rest of the house. I always went and got her when it was clear that she was finished with her practicing sounds. Now they have baby monitors. My daughter as an infant used to lay in her bed for anywhere between 45 min to an hour, practicing sounds that she had heard the day before. When I realized that, I told my mother-in-law and she started coming over in the morning to sit on the couch to listen to her practice. it was such fun to hear her as she was trying out sounds. I had made a habit of always talking as clearly as possible & insisted that no one talk baby talk to her. When she started talking if she missed a sound in a word, then that day I would use every opportunity to emphasize that sound so that she would hear it. Sounds that she had any trouble saying, we used animal sounds to make fun practice of that sound. SSSSS for snake, RRRRR for rooster crow, LaLaLaLa for L's. She paid close attention and so those were often some of the sounds that we could hear her practice in the early morning. She was born March 17, 1969, In May, we were driving to Pullman & I had my Pastor's wife with me to hold my baby. We came to a stop sign, I stopped and she pointed to the moon that night and said, "Moon" she could just sit up at the time. That Summer, we spent the day watching the first moon landing. That night as we went home after it was all over, I was walking to the steps outside of the house, when she pointed to the moon and said her first sentence, "Man on Moon." Later, she helped teach her little brother to talk the same way. They were both communicating clearly very early as a result of that attention from the entire family. Grandma, Great Uncle, Great Aunt, Mom, & Dad. I never left my babies in the crib past the talk time.