How to Create a Romantic Canopy-Inspired “Headboard”

For some reason, I’m not a fan of traditional headboards. Over the years, I’ve experimented with headboards that consisted of using placemats, painted fabric, and DIY fabric-covered foam squares. With my current bedroom makeover, I created yet another “anti-headboard.”

The inspiration was a flowing, sheer canopy you see in tropical, beachy bedrooms. The result was a flowing swag combined with a painted accent wall and a beaded garland.

DIY sheer canopy inspired swag, beaded garland and bamboo wood shells silver gold champagne peace sign pendant headboard Shrimp Toast paint accent wall salmon peach The DIY Homegirl

Read along to find out how I achieved this breezy, romantic look and how you can create your own… plus, get a sneak peek at the color of my new accent wall!

When I first planned my bedroom makeover, I was smitten with creating a canopy effect over my bed with sheer fabric. This look was prefect for creating the breezy, beachy effect I wanted. I looked to these rooms as inspiration:

But when I decided to create an accent wall in my bedroom, I didn’t want to cover up that lovely color with a lot of fabric. I then chose to create a macramé wall hanging to serve as a headboard… except that ended up being a DIY fail.

That’s when I went back to Plan A and came up with a compromise: a smaller, canopy-inspired “headboard” done as a swag.

DIY sheer canopy inspired swag, beaded garland and bamboo wood shells silver gold champagne peace sign pendant headboard Shrimp Toast paint accent wall salmon peach The DIY Homegirl

To add detail to the swag, I hung a beaded garland. I strung the garland with all kinds of beads: seed beads, wood, silver, shell. I also painted unfinished wood beads with metallic craft paint, Champagne by Folk Art. I was first concerned about the noise these beads could create if the fan is directed at the bed (I am a fan sleeper), but the fabric seems to muffle any sound.

DIY sheer canopy inspired swag, beaded garland and bamboo wood shells silver gold champagne peace sign pendant headboard Shrimp Toast paint accent wall salmon peach The DIY Homegirl

Here’s how I created the headboard:

  • Bamboo rod, cut to size (found in the dried flower section of your craft store)
  • Two wall hooks that are large enough for your bamboo
  • Sheer fabric (I used some lightweight rayon with a bit of shimmer)
  • Garland of your choice (see ideas below)

You really don’t need a step-by-step tutorial to create this, since the process is simple:  mount the wall hooks, add the rod, and then hang your fabric and garland. However, I do have a few helpful tips:

*Make sure your hooks are wide enough to support the rod. I used these hooks from Target.

DIY sheer canopy inspired swag, beaded garland and bamboo wood shells silver gold champagne peace sign pendant headboard Shrimp Toast paint accent wall salmon peach The DIY Homegirl

*Calculate how long your fabric and garland will be with a long piece of string or yarn. After mounting your hooks and rod, drape the string to determine your length. I wanted my swag to sweep the floor on the sides, so I used about 4-1/2 yards of fabric.

*Choose a fabric that will drape well. Voile and charmeuse are great options.

*Save time by not hemming the fabric. Leaving a frayed edge adds texture to your room and a shabby chic effect.

DIY sheer canopy inspired swag, beaded garland and bamboo wood shells silver gold champagne peace sign pendant headboard Shrimp Toast paint accent wall salmon peach The DIY Homegirl

*Use the garland as a chance to add personal detail to your bedroom. In lieu of stringing beads, you could create the garland with shells, doilies, ribbon, fabric scraps, or wood cut-out shapes. There are so many possibilities!

*Hang a piece in the center of your garland to add more symmetry and detail to your headboard. I chose this pendant to help set the tone for a peaceful night of sleep and to add to the bohemian vibe of my room:

DIY sheer canopy inspired swag, beaded garland and bamboo wood shells silver gold champagne peace sign pendant headboard Shrimp Toast paint accent wall salmon peach The DIY Homegirl

That’s it! This “headboard” is a very simple project that can help transform your bedroom into a relaxing and romantic space by infusing some soft, feminine energy.

Stay tuned for more details on my bedroom makeover as I’m still plugging away!

DIY sheer canopy inspired swag, beaded garland and bamboo wood shells silver gold champagne peace sign pendant headboard Shrimp Toast paint accent wall salmon peach The DIY Homegirl

Do you like non-traditional headboards? Do you have a canopy or mosquito netting in your bedroom? What makes a romantic bedroom for you?

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23 thoughts on “How to Create a Romantic Canopy-Inspired “Headboard”

  1. Nicole

    I love this idea. Still need a headboard for my bed! This type of headboard could be changed for different times of the year or for holidays.

    Reply
  2. juliaklimek

    What a great idea and it looks lovely! Never seen anything like this for a headboard (like you say, lots of ideas for anti-headboards!). I love that one could use any combo of fabric/garlant to match your decor! I’m pinning this – still in need of a headboard! Julia

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  3. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life

    This is so pretty. Great tutorial too. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me

    Reply
  4. Carrie From Carrie This Home

    Such a simple and sweet way of making your own headboard! I may have to try this for my kids bedrooms someday!

    Reply
  5. ahmarocks1104

    I love this!! I want to do a canopy bed when we move to Okinawa (in Jan). Thanks for sharing!

    Reply

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