DIY window boxWhen it comes to window treatments, it doesn't get much classier than a tailored pelmet to both frame the space and conceal pesky curtain rods.
We were inspired to try our hand at making this DIY pelmet, after seeing this post on Little Green Notebook. But if you want see some handy step-by-step photos, check out Hi Sugarplum!'s take on the project.
What you'll need:
fabric, foam core, thin quilt batting, ribbon, Fabri-Tac glue, 5-Minute Epoxy by Devcon, duct tape, two lightweight L-brackets, straight edge/ruler, scissors, shears, X-acto knife, iron, two small C-clamps (all available at craft or hardware stores; see below for materials measurements)
- To determine size of pelmet, measure window, and eyeball about how wide, high, and deep you'd like pelmet to be. For our 60" high, 37" wide window, the pelmet was 16" high, 40" wide and 7" deep.
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- Cut foam core to size. Use duct tape to hold pelmet pieces together; they should make a three-sided "bracket" shape. (Hint: If you can't find foam core large enough for window width, tape two pieces together. Reinforce along the interior with a third piece of foam core taped over seam.)
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- Cut enough quilt batting to cover the exterior of the pelmet plus 2 inches extra (to tuck around the edges) on all sides, and wrap it around front of pelmet. Secure it in place with duct tape on back.
- Cut enough fabric to cover pelmet plus 3 inches extra (to tuck around the edges) on all sides; wrap it around the front. Secure to back with more duct tape.
- Determine where you want to place ribbon (to make mitered corners like ours, fold and tuck ribbon to create right angle; press into shape with a hot iron; secure with dot of Fabri-Tac glue). Glue ribbon to pelmet; let dry.
- Epoxy, then screw two L-brackets to top interior of each pelmet side, so unattached bracket ends face in and are parallel to the top front of pelmet; clamp into place while glue dries. Add duct tape to secure brackets.
- Mount pelmet to wall just above the window; ours was about an inch above the top of the window frame.
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