One of the things that a pregnant woman gets excited about is shopping for baby stuff. From clothes, loads of bibs, baby hats and mitten, socks, shoes – the list goes on forever. A mother-to-be expends so much energy looking for baby items, and aside from these wearable assortments, moms also spend quite a lot of time choosing the best crib, which will be their little angel’s haven for a good one year of the baby’s life. Because a baby has lots of time to lavish in a crib, it must be functional and comfortable. And it also wouldn’t hurt to add aesthetics to it and go decorative with the crib, by adding a canopy with flowers. So while waiting for the day you’ll finally add a new baby into your home, you can perform a DIY baby crib canopy with this tutorial on how to make a crib canopy with flowers as your guide.
What to Prepare: Shopping 101
A lot of expectant mothers love going to crafts stores, and if you’re planning to pull off a DIY crib canopy project, you’ll find checking out different shops to shop for the materials you’ll need. You can expect to find everything you need for your ‘how to make a crib canopy with flowers’ project in a decent craft store.
- Embroidery Hoop – It comes in various sizes. A 15-inch-diameter hoop is ideal for the task, or you may have a wider one if you like so.
- Tulle – It’s a lightweight, refined netting weaved from different fibers. As there are several kinds of tulle that go from stiff to soft and plain to glittered and sparkly, take note of what you buy, especially when purchasing online. For baby crib canopy, choose a high-quality nylon tulle that’s soft and fluid. You may opt for sparkly but never the glittered type as it may come off and cause harm to your baby. You can go for colored or plain or a combination—secure 5 yards of tulle.
- Willow wreath – Choose the plain one.
- Hot glue – Be careful with this.
- Ribbons – Use colors you like.
- S-hook – It is where the canopy will hang from.
- Flowers- There’s a multitude of soft, pretty, colorful flowers to choose from. The quantity will depend on the wreath size and how much flowers you’d like to see.
- Blossom beads, crystal drops
- Spray paint
- Diamond wrap
Quick Steps on How to Make A Crib Canopy With Flowers
There are two ways to add flowers to your canopy. You can glue the flowers on the hoop or create a flower mobile that hangs just below the canopy to achieve a more impressive, magical, and lovely-looking canopy.
As the latter is more meticulous, let’s tackle how to make a crib canopy with flowers to guide you better.
Let’s start with the canopy.
The Crib Canopy
- Spray paint on the hoop and allow it to dry thoroughly.
- Separate the embroidery hoop and make four markings on the outer loop where you’ll attach the ribbons that hang onto the ceiling. Make sure the marks are on balanced points so it won’t hang lopsidedly.
- Cut four ribbons of about 2 feet long each, to have just enough length to wrap around the hoop and hang from the ceiling.
- Secure the ribbon on the inner aspect of the outer loop using hot glue, wrap the ribbon around a few more times, and apply glue once again to make sure it doesn’t come undone and fall off the baby. Repeat the process on all the other marked points.
- Secure the diamond wrap around the ring using hot glue.
- Take the inner loop and from the inside, flip the tulle over and allow the tulle to hang. Spread the tulle to cover the entire hoop. It bears repeating never to use glittered tulle, much less sprinkling glitters on the tulle.
- Take the outer ring and lay it over the inner ring.
- Loop ribbon through the top and ask someone to hang it on the S-hook on the ceiling, just above the crib.
The Flower Mobile
- Take the flowers off the stem, but leave something behind so you can easily attach them onto the wreath. Take off the leaves as well.
- Trim parts of the wreath that sticks out and make sure there are no loose parts that might fall off the crib.
- Glue the leaves onto the wreath spreading them beautifully and then work on attaching the flowers around the wreath to achieve a balanced distribution of flowers. Put little accent flowers as you wish, or you can add blossom beads, and crystal drops.
- Make sure each item is secured well and is without any loose parts that may fall.
- Attach the ribbons on 4 points around the wreath and make a loop on top. Ask someone to hang the floral wreath just below the canopy.
Knowing how to make a crib canopy with flowers is an easy task for mothers. Let your eyes feast on this lovely, classic, and elegant-looking piece of art.
As the parents-to-be wait for their baby’s birth, there are quite a number of tasks they can still engage in, such as how to make a crib canopy with flowers. This is a fun activity to keep yourself busy with as you wait for that eventful day, and it’s also rewarding. This crib canopy will be your labor-of-love offering to your little one when it’s finally time for them to experience the world outside your womb. Get more tips on baby cribs.