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DIY tattered cotton and branch canopy

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DIY idea: tattered cotton gauze and branch canopy

maybe it was my weekend away in Big Bear amongst the trees but regardless, this is probably my personal favorite decor look. a place a fairy would live with organic woods, textures, vintage pieces, a little bling in the chandelier and imperfection in the tattered edges and mismatched bedding. this inspiration came from a post on Design*Sponge that featured this team of interior designers ladies with a company called Nightwood. they speicalize in making things from reclaimed wood (like the headboard above).

do it:
1. if you live anywhere near trees go and gather a couple branches that are similar in length and will span the width of your bed.
1.5. if you can’t find branches, collect a bunch of strong twigs and bundle them together to create a long enough piece for each end of your bed. use screws and natural twine wrapped around a little hot glue to link them together.
2. buy a length of natural or white colored loose weave cotton gauze or scrim (kind of like cheesecloth texture) that is about 3 yards longer than the length of your bed. fray the edges by cutting a bit crooked and pulling the loose strands to achieve that romantic/imperfect look. buy it online for on-the-cheap here. you can also tea-stain the gauze for that more antique look.
3. screw in 4 ceiling hanging screw hooks into the ceiling above both ends of your bed, where you want to hang the branches. (don’t hang them the exact width of the branches, make the space between the hooks a little more narrow so that there is some overlap for the length of the branch on the outside of each hook).
4. use
natural twine to securely wrap around each end of the branch and loop the twine to the desired length (for the height that you want the branches to hang over the bed) and loop it around the ceiling hooks.
5. last, drape the length of cotton gauze over the branches, leaving the excess yards to hang down above the ends of the bed. it’s your choice how much slack you want for the middle part. trim as desired and ta da, DIY fairy woodland canopy!

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