Do-It-Yourself: Wedding Ceiling Canopy

By Jessica Westover

Making your own wedding canopy allows you to personalize your wedding while saving money. Purchasing the raw materials yourself, and then assembling them in the desired design, gives you more flexibility with the type of materials, cost and design of the ceiling. Lightweight fabrics such as tulle, chiffon, organza or mesh work best because they are elegant when draped and are easy to hang. Use different colors of fabric or lights when creating the canopy to match your wedding colors.

List of Items Needed

  • Tulle fabric
  • Fabric shears
  • Sewing machine
  • 12-to-18-inch embroidery hoop
  • Fishing line
  • "S" hook
  • Drill or rotary tool and piloting bit
  • Screw eyes
  • Thumb tacks
  • Twinkle lights
  • Tape
  1. Decide if you want the canopy to cover the entire ceiling or just a portion of it. Measure the portion of the ceiling of the room where the canopy will be. Calculate how long the fabric panels need to be by dividing the length of the room in half. Add an extra 20 percent of that measurement to account for draping. If the room is 20 feet long then the panels will need to be 10 feet long plus an additional 2 feet for a total of 12 feet long.

  2. Cut eight panels, 2 1/2 wide by the calculated length, from a piece of tulle fabric using fabric shears. Fold over 2 inches of fabric on one end of each panel and sew a seam across it with a sewing machine. This creates a loop at the end of each fabric panel for hanging.

  3. Thread a 12-to-18-inch embroidery hoop through the looped ends of all eight tulle panels. Space the ends of the tulle panels so they are evenly gathered around the hoop.

  4. Cut seven pieces of fishing line 18 inches in length. Tie one end of each piece of fishing line to the embroidery hoop, spacing them out so there is one piece of fishing line between each panel. Tie the other ends of the fishing line to an "S" hook.

  5. Mark the locations for seven screw eyes onto the ceiling, spacing them evenly to match the shape of the embroidery hoop and centering the holes over the area where the canopy will hang. Drill pilot holes into the ceiling framing or surface material, using a drill or rotary tool, and screw the eyes into the ceiling. Lift the center of the canopy by the "S" hook and insert the top of the hook through the loop of the eye bolt to hang the canopy.

  6. Pull the loose ends of each panel to the desired positions around the perimeter of the ceiling. Spread the width of the fabric out and hold the fabric end to the desired area of the ceiling that allows the fabric to drape. Push thumb tacks through the fabric and into the ceiling to secure the fabric ends in place.

  7. Add strings of twinkle lights in between the panels. Tie one end of the lights to the embroidery hoop and tape the other end to the ceiling near the ends of the fabric panels.

Tips and Warnings

  • Use fishing line with at least a 20 lb. test weight.

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