October 22, 2008

Window Treatment: Inexpensive & Fun

Looking for a creative, fun, yet inexpensive way to make a window treatment? The instructions below are from the Ready Made website. This window treatment would be fun for a kids room, and particularly useful in a room where you don't want to block light. They have instructions for other window treatments if this isn't your style.

Paper Collage
by Tony Meredith

First things first: this window covering looks much harder to make than it is. It’s less a privacy screen than a light covering that creates a pleasing collage over a window—a Tord Boontje-inspired crowd pleaser!

Ingredients
Large, colorful piece of thick-stock paper
Velcro stick-on dots

Tools
Measuring tape
Scissors
Blue painter’s tape
Cutting mat
Colored pencil one shade off the paper color
X-acto knife and extra blades

MAKE IT
Measure your window. I chose to have my design cover the outside of the window, so I measured to the outside of the frame. If you want a clean, inset look, measure the length and width of the glass inside the window frame.

Cut your paper to size, then use the blue painter’s tape to adhere it to a cutting mat.

Draw all over the paper with the colored pencil. Go wild with lots of swooping, looping lines that cover the entire expanse of the paper. Criss-cross over the paper a lot; the more lines, the more stable your window covering will be.

Take your X-acto knife and start cutting! Cut away all of the pieces of the paper that are not lined. A good rule of thumb is to cut 1/4” away from all the lines. It’s important to not cut over the lines. This will take a while; I cut this 34” x 45” piece in just under 2 hours, with plenty of email and bathroom breaks.

Once you’re finished, lay the paper on a flat surface with something heavy on top of it and let set overnight so it relaxes into a flat position.

Finally, place some of the stick-on Velcro dots together. Peel off one side of the backing and place the dots near the top of the piece. Then, peel off the other side of the backing and stick the whole window covering to he window frame. VoilĂ !

1 comment:

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