To make your room look like a party around the clock, try spicing things up with a custom cornice/ pelmet/ lambrequin/ valance. (I’m going to stick with calling it a cornice because I feel the least nerdy saying that word, and it seems the most proper fit to me.)
Let’s get one thing straight…I do DIY’s out of sheer impatience. Most of the time after I finish up a project , I think (whilst wiping sweat off brow), “mmm…I should paid someone to do that!” Nevertheless, I am going to share this DIY because it added so much at a relatively low cost, well, if you don’t count your time as money! An evening and a morning spent slaving over this in plank position and voila!
(Still a work in progress, I ran out of time to put the backing on.)
What you’ll need: Double drapery rod, foam core (or plywood), serrated knife (or jigsaw), corner hardware (if using plywood), batting, staple gun, hot glue gun, heavy duty tape, trim, pair of ikea Lenda curtains (or fabric and a sewing machine).
First, you’ll need to install a double drapery rod. I’d say at least 11-12″ above the top of your window/ door. (I had this project in mind when we moved in 2 years ago so the second rod in the double rod set had been hanging unused for this long!)
Second, decide on a shape. I wanted a kind of genie bottle/ tent-like vibe so I went with this tessellation, although I considered a crenelated shape long and hard. At first I wanted it to be a proper valance and just hang there looking cute, but the box on the side sure makes it extra special. (Also, by doing a box I didn’t have to exercise my rusty sewing skills by sewing a hem around a curly shape!)
Some inspo for your decision maker…
(images via Pinterest)
Then, measure the length of your window to the outside of your drapery rod (without outer rod finial) and make a template on cardboard. Afterwards, trace it onto either foamcore or plywood. (For the plywood you’ll need a jigsaw and hardware to mount, down the road I’ll probably take this route!)
Next, I cut out the shape with a serrated knife. This worked way better/ more precisely than an exacto for me. Just don’t come crying to me when you stab yourself in the leg. Also, cut out two strips that measure the height of your design and the depth of your drapery rod to the wall (+ thickness of foam core) for the box sides.
Next, using heavy duty tape tape one of your box corners on. I know, kind of jenky, but it works!
Then, cut the loops off of the pair of curtains and cut yourself a pair of drapery pockets, by using the large seam in between the loops and the body of the curtain. (“Tube worms” as I was calling them. As in, “Where did my tube worms go?!”)
Lay out either the remaining curtain or your fabric, and place a layer of batting on top. Then go to town snipping and either staple gunning or hot glue gunning your fabric.
(I actually built another one after this one for a photo shoot using only hot glue and it worked like a charm!) After I had finished the length and the box side, I hot glued both the top and bottom seams of the tube worms to the length of the back of the cornice. Afterwards, I slid my drapery rod in there, attached the other box side and covered it with fabric and batting. Finally I hot glued on some tassels, hung her up and made myself a bloody mary.
Eventually I’ll have the strength to glue on a lining, so all the junk on the back is concealed, perhaps in a fun color? But for now she’s being rather good to me…