How To: Make Your Own Upholstered Cornices for Cheap!

by on Sep 28, 2011

created at: 09/28/2011

It’s no secret: custom window treatments are EXPENSIVE.  Excessively so, it seems.  That’s why I flipped my lid when I spotted this tutorial for making your own DIY cornices (those fancy box-like things at the top) for about $15 a piece.  Yes, fifteen dollars.  

 

created at: 09/28/2011

It’s almost unbelievable, but I’ve seen the tutorial and the photos and the cost break-down… and I can tell you this is for real!  Erin from Domestic Adventure created these cheerful yellow cornices for a new nursery (now finished – check out the big reveal right here).  We love the final outcome!

But, back to those cornices.  To make your own, you will need:

  • pine boards or plywood
  • L-brackets
  • batting
  • fabric

When you’re ready, check out Erin’s post for tips and tricks to making your own DIY cornices!

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4 Comments

  1. JUDY

    I LOVE YOUR CORNICES AND THE TUTORIAL FOR CREATING AN INEXPENSIVE BUT EXPENSIVE LOOK. 

  2. CarolAnn

    Technically both are correct.

    Cornice

    noun
    1.
    Architecture. any prominent, continuous, horizontally projecting feature surmounting a wall or other construction, or dividing it horizontally for compositional purposes.
    the uppermost member of a classical entablature, consisting of a bed molding, a corona, and a cymatium, with rows of dentils, modillions, etc., often placed between the bed molding and the corona.
    2.any of various other ornamental horizontal moldings or bands, as for concealing hooks or rods from which curtains are hung or for supporting picture hooks.
    3.a mass of snow, ice, etc., projecting over a mountain ridge.
    verb (used with object), corniced, cornicing.
    4.to furnish or finish with a cornice.

    Pelmit
    a decorative cornice or valance at the head of a window or doorway, used to cover the fastenings from which curtains are hung.

    Was curious so had to look them up. Cornice is a Greek derived word as Pelmit is French. Learn something new everyday!

    FYI I tried making the cornice/pelmit for a large 87″ double window span with the light weight insulation board and it was a disaster! Since I am using heavy Cow hide and faux leather with stud trim. I am now opting for the light weight pin wood. Leave the light weight to smaller windows.

    Thanks for the tutorial