A glam­orous gazebo

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - COUNTRY DIARY -

Can­vas pop-up gaze­bos are in­ex­pen­sive and come in all shapes and sizes but, univer­sally, lack any sort of aes­thetic charm, whereas vin­tage-styled be­spoke tents – the sort hired out for rus­tic mar­quee wed­dings – come with de­signer price tags. The so­lu­tion? Pimp up a cheap pop-up by giv­ing it a posh fab­ric top. To es­ti­mate how many square me­tres of fab­ric you’ll need, spread the can­vas cover out on the ground and mea­sure its width, and the dis­tance from the mid point to the peak at the top. Mul­ti­ply those two mea­sure­ments to­gether, and dou­ble. De­pend­ing on the width of the fab­ric, you’ll most likely need to sew two large right-an­gled tri­an­gles to­gether to cover each side. For a wa­ter­proof cover, use out­door can­vas fab­ric. How­ever, if you’re only in­tend­ing to use your gazebo as a sun shade, any fade-fast fab­ric will do. For a vin­tage look, I chose Ralph Lau­ren’s Mal­dive Flo­ral Camel­lia in a cot­ton/li­nen blend (from Martha’s Fab­rics) and added a pale pink felt pom­pom trim from Spot­light. For an up­cy­cled gazebo on a bud­get, source sec­ond-hand square table­cloths or flo­ral sheet sets from op shops to cover your gazebo. For a sim­i­lar ef­fect on a plain sun um­brella, sew a fringe of retro tas­sels, vin­tage lace or bunt­ing flags around the bot­tom edges. Or, if your sewing skills are lack­ing, use a hot glue gun.

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