Home decorating DIY: Make your own custom window cornices

Custom window treatments are incredibly expensive, which is why I’ve always made my own. Today I’m sharing an idea for making custom window cornices for less than $50 each, and with no power tools, power lifting or cornice kit required. To DIY your own custom window cornices, you’ll cut foam sheets to size using a serrated knife; build your form with a glue gun and wood picks; cover it to suit your style; and hang it without extra reinforcements or a team of power lifters. I tell you, custom window cornices made with STYROFOAM Brand Foam are a home decorator’s dream come true!

DIY Chevron window treatments

Dining Room Window Cornice, chevron style.

Chevron lovers, take note — how snappy is this Zig Zag Window Cornice? And notice how the wall art coordinates? (We even made napkins to match.) You’ll find a tutorial for the Zig Zag Window Cornice on StyrofoamCrafts.com, along with the Chocolate Flower Wall Art.

I’ve always liked to mix and match my fabrics, and I think the different patterns give the Elegant Custom Window Cornice an expensive, high-end finish.

how to make living room window cornices

Elegant Custom Window Cornice

The Cheery Cherry Kitchen Cornice is a perfect fit for a small window above a sink. Imagine what you would pay to have this custom window treatment made for you!

How to make window cornices

Cheery Cherry Kitchen Cornice

Before you make your own window cornices, here are two tips I want to share:

  • Expensive upholstery fabric isn’t required for your window treatments – I’ve made them using table linens and bed linens, so don’t limit yourself when you choose your fabrics. In fact, I’ve wondered if you could also cover your window cornices in pretty scrapbook papers. I’ve not tried it, but I bet it would work.
  • Be sure to measure twice, or more, so that your cornice will fit the window perfectly. When I work on a project like this, I’ll often sketch it out, just to double check my measurements and to be sure it works on paper like I’ve imagined it.

What home décor projects are you working on this spring? Do you have any DIY window treatments on your list? Please share your plans!

Happy crafting.


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5 Responses to Home decorating DIY: Make your own custom window cornices

  1. Margarett says:

    Looks great! I have been looking for some inexpensive ideas! I will head out to my craft store today!

  2. Sar Tann says:

    This is an absolutely AWESOME idea. Cornices are expensive and this is just perfect. Thank you for sharing this. 🙂

  3. Gerry Lee says:

    They are beautiful, but how do you hook them up?? Did I miss something??

    • Sharon says:

      Hi Gerry, To hang these, you attach an L bracket to your wall, and then simply place these on top of the brackets. The brackets are attached to your wall, but not the cornices. For more details, click through on the links for the step-by-step tutorials on http://www.StyrofoamCrafts.com. Thanks for stopping by. Sharon

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