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DIY Window Cornice Design


My friend Melanee used to make these simple, yet deliciously modern cornices for her home.  I wanted a no-frills window treatment and knew her cornices would look perfect along the four windows in my eating nook.  I called her up and she was happy to share her low-cost secrets with me.
I then altered them a bit to work for my space, but the end result is basically the same.

What to buy:

1.  Insulation foam core boards (only $10 per huge sheet)
2.  Wooden skewers
3.  Straight pins with “no balls” on the ends
4.  D Rings or Hardware to hang a mirror or large picture (these are expensive so I use the ones provided in the link)
5.  T-Pins and nails
6.  Large box cutter, T-square or long wooden yard stick, sharpie
7.  Fabric of your choice

Cut the foam core the correct size using the T-square to keep straight and a large box cutter.  It is thick and will want to cut jagged.  I learned half way through to make my cuts 3/4 deep and then bend it “snapping” the piece apart.

Cut down wooden skewers and using the pointed tip, use a hammer and nail the sides of your cornice in place.

Iron and cut fabric to size, leaving just enough to wrap around the cornice.

Lay cornice on top of flat ironed fabric and begin pinning fabric to the back of board, each pin should be 1 inch apart.  Use more if you need too and pull tight as you work your way around.  At the sides simply fold like you are wrapping a package with paper.

After your fabric is in place add one more strip of foam core to the upper cornice, using straight pins, pin it in place across the top. This adds stability so your cornice will lay up against the wall without bending.

Attach by using the T Pins your hanging hardware.  Measure where you need your nails, ail them in the all, and carefully hang your new cornice!

Here’s a picture of my kitchen nook.  It is still a work in progress.  I plan on making window seats, doing something with those stark white blinds to warm them up, painting a Moroccan rug, and the finishing touch will be a new lighting fixture!

I found my table off of Craigslist.org and it is originally from West Elm (I love that store).  The chairs are leather high backs I luckily happened upon when I was in TJ Maxx.  They were on clearance for $50 each, normally retailing $200 each.  That made this frugal mom SMILE!!!

UPDATE: I changed out the light fixture and it really compliments the round circles on the fabric. I love this space even more. I also made these same window treatments into the adjoining family room space.

I also made some in my bedroom, choosing fabric to match the accent wall. Adding the soft curtains below makes for a dreamy effect. Mine are in a bay window so it really gives the bedroom a nice hug. To view a complete tour of my Texas home click HERE.



I’ve made several sets of these for my friends too. Here are some in pictures of Heather’s home below.


Cornices 2

cornices 3

Photo Credit: www.shoot2sell.net

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