Basic DIY Window Shades Tips

Window shades can add extra glamour to your homes. However, some people wouldn’t want to purchase ready-made window shades for practical reasons, and sometimes they want DIYs. If you are one of them, you can have one and for a fraction of the cost. In this post, we’ll share with you a step by step instruction on how to create your own Window Shades at home. The great thing about this DIY project is that it does not require sewing skills. Now how’s that for a weekend project?

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Step 1 – Prepare the following materials : Fabric perfect for your wall, vinyl blackout roller blind, spray adhesive, fabric glue, scissors, saw, mounting brackets and screws. It would be advisable to pick a fabric that complements well with the general look of your home.

Step 2 – Cut the vinyl blackout roller blind after measuring your window. Blinds Online Australia offers an extensive guide on how to properly measure window prior to installing window treatments, in this case, window shades. This would also depend on your preference. If you want to mount the shade outside of your casing, then measure it from there. Otherwise, measure it from the inside. Put back the plastic cap on the new ends of your shade.

Step 3 – Use the Spray Adhesive on the vinyl and put the fabric on it. We suggest you to test this out first on the scrap of vinyl you have. This is so you can already assess how much adhesive you need, and if it will work on the materials you prepared. Also, when you are about to create the whole vinyl, just make sure that you take your time. Work on a ‘portion – by – portion’ method so you can flatten out the fabric as necessary to make it look good. If you work fast, chances are, you’d have a crumpled fabric. You wouldn’t want that. Would you?

Step 4 – Once it is dry, you can now flip the vinyl and spray its edges. This is so you can fix the fabric onto the vinyl’ back side.

Step 5 – You can add additional embellishments like ribbon or buttons depending on your taste. This is of course, optional.

Step 6 – Wait for it to dry and you are all set!

This is a great DIY project especially for beginners. You can even encourage the rest of the family to help you out with this project.

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