With summer still in high swing I think you will all enjoy this project. Mosquitoes are regular visitors this time of the year in sunny weather, so invest in the making of this mosquito net – you will thereby solve a problem for many more years. I made mine from recycled and newly bought materials. Bellow you will find all the step by step instructions
How to make a Mosquito net
- Metal hoop that keeps an oak barrel together
- Mesh (To be effective the mesh of a mosquito netting must be fine enough to exclude such insects without reducing visibility or air flow to unacceptable levels. It is possible to increase the effectiveness of a mosquito netting greatly by treating it with an appropriate insecticide or mosquito repellant)
- Leftover fabric
- Artificial flowers and greenery
- Needle and thread
- String/metal chain
- Hook to hang mosquito net from
- Cut long pieces of fabric and coil them around the metal hoop. Carry on doing this until the entire hoop is covered.
- Decide how you are going to hang the net above the bed. I bolted a hook into a wooden beam above the bed. Cut four pieces of string/chain that are the same length. The hoop will hang onto these string pieces from the hook.
- Measure the distance from the hoop to ground all around the bed. Use these measurements and cut the mesh accordingly. If you want you can give the mesh a seam by hand or use a sewing machine.
- Put the mesh aside while you decorate the hoop. I decorate mine with handmade fabric flowers (see instructions bellow) artificial flowers and greenery.
- Fold the mesh in a square and take the corner of the two folding sides. Place the mesh corner on the inside of the hoop. Fold the mesh and the strings together in a knot and hang from the hook. While it is hanging pin the mesh to the inside of the hoop and sew to the fabric with a needle and thread
- Finally drape the mesh around the bed.
How to make the fabric flowers
- florist’s wire (1 mm floral green stub wire)
- round or cylindrical object (to shape the wire)
- fabrics (shantung works best)
You will also need:
- small paint brush
- fabric glue
- sharp fabric scissors
- green florist’s tape
- Before starting, decide how many flowers you want to make. You will need five petals for every flower, and 30 cm of florist wire per petal.
- Shape one end of a 30-cm length of wire into a circular petal around a cylindrical object, and keep the remaining length of wire straight. Repeat this for each petal required.
- Measure the length of your petals (they should all be the same), then cut out strips of fabric with the same length.
- When you have enough petals, paint one side of the wire petals with fabric glue and place them firmly along the fabric strips.
- Leave them to dry, then cut the fabric around the outer edges of the wire petals.
- Bend the petal backwards from the stem. You can use pliers for a 45-degree bend. Put a wire stem through a button to form the centre of the flower, and arrange five other petals and stems around it. Bind the stems together with florist’s tape.
- Adjust the position of the petals to your preference.