A glamorous gazebo
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.