Bye Bye, Boring Shades -- 10 Gorgeous DIY Window Treatments

Make your own budget-friendly cornices, drapes, and valances to give your windows the perfect finishing touches

Upholstered Cornice

DIY Upholstered Cornice

Domestic Adventure

After creating a basic pine-wood frame, Erin of Domestic Adventure wrapped it in batting and staple-upholstered it with adorably chic fabric for a whimsical window treatment.

Get the how-to at Domestic Adventure.

Stenciled Cornice

DIY Stenciled Cornice

Hunted Interior

Kristin of The Hunted Interior covered a piece of jigsawed plywood cut into a traditional cornice shape with a drop cloth she stenciled with an elegant trellis pattern.

Get the how-to at The Hunted Interior.

Painted Confetti Drapes

DIY Painted Drapes


Pink and blue polka dots cascade in a confetti pattern down these drapes created by Cassity of Remodelaholic. She used a cup to stencil circular rings on plain white curtains before filling in the circles with a paint brush.

Get the how-to at Remodelaholic.

Painted Ombre Chevron Curtains

DIY Painted Curtains

Owen's Olivia

Nancy of Owen’s Olivia used four colors of latex paint and painter’s tape to create these faux ombre curtains in a trendy chevron pattern.

Get the how-to at Owen’s Olivia.

Pelmet Box

DIY Pelmet Box

Little Green Notebook

This easy and inexpensive pink pelmet box box from Jenny of Little Green Notebook is made of foam core board and duct tape covered with batting and pink linen. She also fabric-glued navy blue bias tape to the top and bottom for a contrasting border.

Get the how-to at Little Green Notebook.

Lengthened Drapes

DIY Lengthened Drapes

A Happy Place Called Home

Kelli of A Happy Place Called Home transformed some high-water drapes into ones that skim the floor by adding a panel in a coordinating color to the bottom. The dark gray anchors the look and draws attention to the subtle pattern of the upper panels.

Get the how-to at A Happy Place Called Home.

Painted Striped Curtains

DIY Painted Striped Curtains

The Frugal Homemaker

No one would ever guess the wide stripes on these modern curtains from Christina of The Frugal Homemaker are actually painted. She used a paint blocking tape to map out the evenly spaced stripes and a small foam roller to apply the paint.

Get the how-to at The Frugal Homemaker.

Twin Sheet-Lined Curtains

DIY Sheet Lined Curtains

Our Lake Life

Forgo expensive drapery lining and use twin sheets instead like Maria at Our Lake Life. Lined curtains drape better, block light better, and are just more luxurious than unlined ones.

Get the how-to at Our Lake Life.

Stenciled Barn Wood Valance

DIY Wood Valance

At Home On The Bay

Mary from At Home on the Bay used a sign made of old barn wood stenciled with the lyrics from a favorite childhood song as a non-traditional valance for the window in her kitchen.

Get the how-to at At Home on the Bay.

Dish Towel Valance

DIY Dish Towel Valence

Sand and Sisal

Simply folding grain-sack printed dish towels over a valance bar adds a vintage feeling to a bathroom in this idea from Kim at Sand & Sisal.

Get the how-to at Sand & Sisal.

Ellen Sturm Niz is an editor and writer working, parenting, and living in New York City. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Google+

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