I’m so excited to share with you how to make a beautiful DIY Fabric Covered Cornice. The process is so simple! My friend Ilenia made them for her girls’ bedroom and they are just adorable.
What do you think? She was nice enough to take pictures of her project and write a short tutorial for us!
So, are you ready to see how it’s done? Here we go!
DIY Fabric Covered Cornice
- 1×12 or 1×10 white wood board cut to the width of your window frame, plus 4 inches
- Saw (or have your wood cut to length at the store)
- Fabric of choice
- Fabric adhesive or glue gun
- Pocket Hole Jig and 1 1/4″ pocket screws, to attach the side pieces to the front piece
- L shapes brackets, to attach to the wall
In Ilenia’s words:
Measure your window side to side (including molding around the window, if there is any). My window measured 63 1/2 inches–to that measurement, I then added two inches on each side. My board was 10 feet long, so I asked my husband to help me cut the front pieces. (Ilenia made 2 cornices).
For the sides, we cut 2 pieces of wood for each cornice, 3 inches deep.
We then made 3 pocket holes in each board with a Kreg jig using a drill.
After which we attached the sides to each end of the board. Make sure you have the correct pocket screw size for the board. (Ilenia’s board was a 1x, so a 1 1/4″ pocket screw works great, these pieces are attached vertically to the front piece)
Cover the cornice with batting using a high-temperature glue gun. Do small sections, otherwise, the glue will cool and there won’t be a bond. (I have used spray adhesive for projects similar to this one and it works great too!)
Center the cornice and cut the fabric to have a generous amount to cover each side. It’s better to have more than less.
I stapled both sides down first to ensure the fabric will be stable when I get to the long sides. A regular manual staple gun will do the job.
Work your way around pulling the fabric and stapling down.
We found these brackets at Home Depot that’ll work perfectly to attach them to the wall.
Install the metal brackets to the wall at desired height then drill cornice to the metal brackets.
Aren’t they adorable?
Installation and making sure the cornice wall was leveled took longer than making the cornice. Because of the bunk bed, I struggled with what to do with the windows. I am glad Beverly suggested doing cornices–they not only look beautiful but dress up the room without any curtains hanging down. Thank you sawdust sisters for the opportunity to share my project with you!
Thank YOU, Ilenia! I have a few windows in my house that could definitely use some dressing up. You did great!
If you liked this project don’t forget to share it with your friends, or make it when you get a free afternoon. Let me know if you have any other questions!