Create a Beautiful Reading Canopy in One Afternoon

Published by Deanna Yates on

Are you looking to make a reading canopy for your child (or yourself!)? This simple plan will help you create a beautiful reading canopy in an afternoon. Read on to learn more.

When we left to travel in the middle of 2014 we sold most of our belongings. It was incredibly freeing and I would do it again in a heartbeat, but now we have a house that needs to feel like a home. As we get settled that means consciously creating the environment that makes us comfortable and fulfilled.

This week, I turned more attention to Eleanor’s playroom. She had very few toys on our travels and those she did have were getting to be too young for her anyway.

Searching through Pinterest for ways to make her playroom more complete – rather than a room to just dump toys – I found some pretty detailed setups. There were decked out forest-scapes, little towns, princess castles and perfectly color-coordinated spaces that deserve a two-page spread in the latest issue of House Beautiful. Who has the time and money for all that?

Scaling back a bit I discovered TeePees are taking over Pinterest and playrooms alike. Well, I guess they have been for a while, but it’s not something you notice until you have a child of your own. And while I LOVE the look of the TeePee, I chose to go a bit more old school. Plus, with so much to do, I just don’t have the time to commit to undertaking a big project right now.

That’s why I decided on a reading canopy!

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My favorite part was that it was cheap to make and easy to put together. Plus, Eleanor loves it! What more could I ask for? The floor pillow is still a work in progress, but she doesn’t seem to mind. Toddlers are awesome like that.

I picked up all of the items at our local Dollar General, Joann’s and Target. I have included links below to similar products on Amazon as it’s been a couple years and items at the dollar store change so quickly. Plus, if you have Amazon Prime and put in the order online today and you can probably make this canopy over the weekend. Sweet!

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How to make a reading canopy in an afternoon:

Materials You Will Need:

All of these materials cost me $31.76 + tax at the time of purchase as I had the white ribbon, drywall anchor, and tape on hand.

The assembly was really easy and came together in about an hour.


1: String the curtains together.

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2: Wrap the hula hoop.

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3: Tie the cross ribbons.

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4: Anchor the ceiling hook.

5: Measure down from the ceiling.

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6: Wrap the lights.How to Make a Reading Canopy |

7: Hang the canopy and adjust.

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8: Enjoy!

Step back and marvel at your handiwork. I hope your children enjoy it as much as Eleanor does.How to Make a Reading Canopy for a Child |

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So what do you think? Did I inspire you to make your own canopy?

Don’t forget to pin it for reference later!

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Misty · January 15, 2019 at 6:15 am

Thank you! Thank you! I have been struggling with trying to make my granddaughter one. I’ve spent much time looking through Pinterest. So thankful that I came across your’s. The detailed instructions are amazing and the canopy is perfect!! Thanks!

Ana Karina Peña · July 25, 2018 at 7:17 am

I love this and will definitely try it!! This is especially great since you save some money and also it’s great to know that the canopy is extra unique and made by you. I’m in the middle of redoing my room and after scrolling through Pinterest, I fell in love with the idea of having a canopy. Most posts too be to just get and embroidery hoop and put the curtains on that. I knew there would be a large hole through the canopy but I did prefer to do that then spend $40 on a store bought one. Thankfully I found this post which shows a better way to make the canopy and looks extremely similar to the store bought ones. It also even better with your own fairy lights and other personal touches. The idea of stringing the nylon thread instead of just the hoop is great! I love everything about this post!! Thank you so much!! ❤️

Melissa · March 22, 2018 at 3:11 pm

Love this! Where did you get the floor cushions? I’m searching for an inexpensive way to provide comfy seating to read on!

    Ancy Louis · July 1, 2019 at 2:37 am

    Y don’t u try Amazon….or else u can stitch one up using old clothes.

michelle · March 6, 2018 at 6:20 pm

I was wondering why u didn’t use led lights.
you work is bueatiful and you explain it so well someone could modify, dress up or down however the want. how many yards of material did u use.

Fatima · September 16, 2017 at 10:49 am

Love it!!!! I’m going to do it for my little baby so she can read her books in there and maybe take her naps……thanks

Chel · June 26, 2017 at 3:08 pm

This is EXACTLY what I’m looking for to help decorate my nieces playroom! Thank you for the fantastic tutorial, it’s just what I need! So well explained that even I could do it!

Samantha · April 25, 2017 at 11:01 am

Thank you so much for the easiest tutorial. I have been searching and this is the one i am using.

Anna · June 3, 2016 at 1:52 pm

LOVE this tutorial. I don’t have a crafty bone in my body, but wanted to use an old sheet to make a canopy for my boys. This is by far one of the most well explained and photographed tutorials. Thank you!

    Ancy Louis · July 1, 2019 at 2:38 am

    This is a lovely idea…very pocket friendly…I had the same idea

Abby · April 3, 2016 at 2:32 pm

I can’t believe no one else has commented on this! Best, cheapest, prettiest and easiest tutorial for this project I’ve ever seen. Thank you so much! I can’t wait to make it. 🙂

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