Cornices are not a new idea. In fact, they are a very, very old idea. As far as I can tell from my 10-second, we’ll call it exhaustive “just google it” research, they date back to 16th century Italy. So if you’re here for some brand new, out of the box, creative innovation today…I’m sorry to disappoint. Because there aren’t many things more “in the box” than cornices. In fact, a cornice board pretty much IS a box, affixed above your windows. BUT I LOVE ‘EM.
And I’ve got 3 great reasons you should love cornices too…
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1. Cornice boards are an EASY DIY window treatment.
2. Cornices are CHEAP to make.
3. Cornices make a BIG IMPACT in a space.
*This post contains affiliate links. Please see my full disclosure policy located here.* There you go, three great reasons to love cornices. I guess one could drop the mic and end this post right here, but my inner science geek will not allow that because now that I’ve thrown this “hypothesis” out there, I’ve gotta enlist the ‘ol scientific method to try to prove it to you. So here goes:
1. Cornice boards are an EASY DIY window treatment:
- THIS is the one MOST similar to how I made mine. Done by blog.blinds.com. As you can see, it’s made of three pieces of lumber. Connected with a couple of inexpensive L-brackets (also called corner braces).
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They used pine in this example. We used some scrap OSB (Oriented Strand Board), but you could also use particleboard, plywood, or pretty much any other variety of lumber you have lying around the house. Once assembled, the frame is then covered with batting (I got ours at Jo-Ann’s) and fabric. In our case, I chose a brown herringbone wool suiting fabric which happened to be on close-out (virtual fist pump). The batting and fabric are wrapped around the frame and simply stapled.
Then, you fasten that puppy on the wall with a couple more L-brackets.
THAT’S IT, PEOPLE!
Three little pieces of wood, a couple brackets and staple some fabric! Your five-year old could do it! No five year old available? Ask your three year old, then. Easy breezy lemon squeezy. Seriously.
Here’s a couple other similar DIY window treatments…
There are other very easy, very cool riffs on this DIY out there too, so wanted to share those if you want some other options without searching too far.
- This one has a different method to attach the cornice to the wall…less damaging to the wall than the method we chose: Shine Your Light Blog
- And then there is THIS super cool idea I found on my buddy Megan’s fantastic blog, Rappsody in Rooms that doesn’t even use WOOD! It uses FOAM BOARD! Genius!!! And REALLY inexpensive!
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- Here’s a similar foam idea:
|Source – The Crafting Chicks|
2. Cornices are CHEAP to make.
CORNICES SUPPLY LIST:
Fabric $ – $$$$
Batting (this can vary too…go for the cheap stuff) $ – $$$
Adhesive Spray (not required, but many recommend…we didn’t use it) – $
L-Brackets – $
3. Cornices make a BIG IMPACT!
And last, and maybe least, but hopefully not a horrible example, here’s ours again…
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