I have a window that looks like this. It's pretty, but it lets in a lot of light. I wanted to find a way to cover it, at least sometimes.
This should also keep things cooler during the summer.
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Step 1: Measure
I measured it so that I'd know what I had to buy.
Step 2: Materials Needed
I wound up using the following items:
- Threaded rod (about 1/4"). It doesn't have to be threaded, but this is what they had.
- Drapery large enough to cover the window. I wanted it to be opaque (and thought it was). More on that later.
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks.
- Blackout fabric (because the drapery material wasn't opaque).
- Metal hook to hang the finished item.
Step 3: Bend the Rod
In my case (yours will vary depending on the window shape) I needed to bend the rod into the correct shape. I used the curved back of a wooden chair (covered with a dish towel so that I wouldn't scratch it).
Step 4: Lay Out and Glue
I laid out the fabric and used the hot glue gun to form it around the half-circle rod.
Step 5: Fail
The fabric was wrinkly and not opaque.
We'll fix that in the next two steps.
Step 6: Fix Wrinkles: Iron It
Step 7: Fix Opacity: Add Blackout Fabric
- I bought blackout fabric (it looks like the stuff old spring-type window shades are made of.
- Traced the outline of the existing drapery and cut it out.
- Hot glued it onto the back of the drapery.
Step 8: And... Done.