D.I.Y. 3 Minute Shade
Have you ever had one of those "oh s***, guests will be here tomorrow and I have no curtains or shades or any sort of privacy "filter' for the windows in the room they'll be staying in" freak-out moments? No? Of course not, because most people have their stuff together and will already have something on their windows knowing that visitors are staying during the holidays. Oh well, shoot me- I really thought that everything was going to be ready! I had ordered custom blinds from an online source (blinds.com) and they were supposed to have arrived the week before Christmas, but of course when you really NEED something, things tend to go awry. And I realized, just a few days before, that the beautiful roman shades I was so excited about, would not be delivered until everyone was back in their respective homes!
What is a girl to do? There was no way that I was going to spend any more money on drapery (custom blinds are NOT cheap!), so I had to use my noggin. I suddenly had this instant (and may I say-AMAZING) idea that would solve this very distressing issue ; )
Remembering that I had a bunch of fabric remnants in the garage, I decided to fashion my own shade using one of these pieces. After finding the largest sample, which happened to work perfectly with room's décor (yay!) I grabbed a yard stick, a hammer, some nails and left over ribbon.
What I did next literally took me 3 minutes-no exaggeration-3minutes!! And it was so easy that I expect to see all of your d.i.y. shade pictures on Instagram and Pinterest in the next week! First, I spread the fabric on the bed and placed the yard stick at the top.
Next, I folded in the sides so that the width of the fabric matched the width of the yard stick. That's right-no sewing required!!
Then I simply wrapped the fabric around the stick until I had my desired length. I hung the "shade" by hammering 3 nails directly into the window frame, BUT to do this so that the nails are not visible, you must lift up the last layer of fabric and hammer into the wrapped yardstick.
Finally, I strategically poked two holes with a leftover nail ( you heard that correctly, I didn't even bother to use a hole punch) into the middle of the shade and tied the bottom up. That's it!! When our guest was ready to retire for the night, the ribbons were untied and the shade was "drawn."
I have found some other fun fabrics (all from fabric.com - a great online source that I have used in the past for current AND affordable fabric) that would look great in any space...Now go get your shade making self to the craft table!