The back-story. I live in a dorm that (fairly) imposes all kinds of fire safety regulations. I've spent years trying to make every cold white dorm room into something more personal. A couple of months ago I did a pretty ambitious DIY to my dorm bed. Using a spray-painted branch, string, and 3M removable wall hooks, I created a canopy bed that passed all fire safety regulations.
EDIT: new diagram for your likin' :)
But as much as I loved the positive feedback, the canopy HAD TO GO. Why? Because it was becoming way too easy to stay in bed all morning and never get up. The canopy bed is a vicious thing--it beckons you to go to sleep and never leave because it is so frilly and comforting and sweet and dreamy.
Enter the new...er...what I will call, "Canopy Headboard." It's sort of like the best of both worlds: dreamy and drapey but open and easier to start the day in.
Here's how I did it.
1. I took a 3M hook and positioned it above the center of my bed.
2. I put the branch in it so that it laid horizontal to the wall.
3. I draped the sheer fabric and crocheted stars across the branch.
And here are a lot of photos that illustrate the Canopy Headboard concept. I should trademark that.