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Four-Poster Bed

This activity instructs children on how to turn an ordinary bed into a four-poster bed.
Canopy Bed Craft for Kids

Four-Poster Bed


  • Lots of newspaper
  • Masking tape
  • Sheets
  • Fabric scraps
  • String or twine

Here's your chance to change your ordinary bed into one fit for a king or queen.

  1. You will need to make many strong newspaper tubes. To do this, roll at least six sheets of newspaper tightly starting at one corner.
  2. Tape the roll a few times to hold the roll together.
  3. Measure the height you would like the canopy to be.
  4. Join the newspaper rolls together with tape to make four legs as tall as you need.
  5. Tie them to the legs of your bed. If you have no legs on your bed, wrap the twine around the whole base of your bed a few times.
  6. Next, measure the distance between the legs for the top of the frame.
  7. Make the top frame a little longer than you need so the ends can be folded over and stuffed into the leg tops.
  8. Tape them securely.
  9. You can paint the newspaper if you want, but be careful not to drip paint on the bed or floor.
  10. Drape fabric scraps, sheets, ribbons, or anything you want to dress up the bed.
Sweet dreams!

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