5.14.2011

Cheapest EVER Kinda Sorta Roman Shade


How fun was that blog swap party?! LOVED IT!

Well! Now that blogger's come back to life, I want to share something I whipped together last night while watching Private Practice! I think it literally would have taken 10 minutes had I not been running to the window every commercial break. It is SO easy, ANYONE can do it!


 One of the things we really loved about this house is the fact that it not only had a sliding glass door into the back yard, but it had ANOTHER door to the back yard in the kitchen! With a screen door attached, so I can leave the door open while cooking and get a wonderful breeze in the kitchen! Awesome. 

  However! We live in the desert, and the afternoon desert sun is SOOOO stinkin' hot, especially in the summer! So while the door is an awesome perk to our kitchen, the afternoon sun blaring into the kitchen and dining room is NOT. This had to be fixed, and FAST!

 So I went to Joann's, where the blackout fabric was 50% off (SCORE!) and got 2 feet. I hemmed the top and bottom, and stuck it on the $0.99 store cafe rod I purchased a few days ago (double SCORE!).


 I measured where I wanted my ribbons to sit, and in this case it was 6 inches out.

 (See that? Let's just pretend that's not there)

Then, I took my ribbon and glued the center of the ribbon on the top of the curtain, so they evenly hang on each side of the curtain.


 Next, I glued the velcro dots onto my ribbon so that it would easily attach once the curtain was gathered.


I gathered the curtain, and then glued my beautifully tied bows where I thought they would looked best, and VOILA!

 


(ignore the gross looking window, that weirdness is INSIDE the pane because it's a double pane window.This house was TRASHED when we got it...just need to replace the door entirely!)

 A faux roman shade that looks magnificent when not in use!!! So super cute!!


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38 comments:

  1. Cheap, fast, looks great, score 3x! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Cute idea. I might copy it for myself.

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  3. That is super cute! I love it :)

    I just returned from Joanns where I got amazing deals (including the 50% off black out fabric) but managed to spend $90 dollars on fabric! I nearly fainted...

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  4. Cute window treatment:D I like the fact that you can let it down if you need the privacy:D

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  5. Very fun...I found your link at Homemaker on a Dime. I'm a new follower. I am constantly amazed at all the window treatments that can be accomplished on very little money. Well done! Come visit my blog if you have time...~Ann

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  6. Wow! I am a first time visitor and have fallen IN LOVE with these curtains! I have been looking for years to find the perfect curtain for an odd door in my house next to my fireplace and now I have found it! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  7. Fantastic - love it. Found you at The Girl Creative and looking forward to linking up.
    Jen
    http://shimistore.blogspot.com/

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  8. I'm so glad you shared this idea. I made Roman shades but I hadn't thought of the velcro! I'm going to change that out asap!

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  9. You gave me an idea on what to do with our kitchen window! Thanks. Really appreciate you sharing this great post with us at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop.

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  10. Cute! Thanks for linking up! Chris
    http://usandthem1971.blogspot.com/

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  11. Awesome job!! I've been trying to figure out how to make it so roman shades would be easy to put up and down. This is it! Thanks for sharing.

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  12. Love it! Please don't change the door... they look absolutely gorgeous together...maybe a little paint with do magic... find your beautiful curtain through VintageWannaBee...love PC

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  13. This is so cute! Great job!

    Already a follower via Google reader!

    Cara

    http://miscellaneousme.wordpress.com

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  14. what a lovely idea. i have been racking my brain on ways to make a cute shade for my kitchen door. thanks so much!!

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  15. I love these! What an awesome idea:>

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  16. Haha turned out great! love the cute little bows

    Thanks for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday!

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  17. I definitely need to make me one of these! Thanks for posting :)

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  18. This came out really great! Love your blog header. Thanks so much for linking this up to our Wicked Awesome Wednesday link party!

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  19. Love this! I painted and posted about painting my exterior entry doors black. Huge Difference. New follower from linky party. Would love a follow back! laura

    visiting from http://imnotatrophywife.com

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  20. What a fabulous idea! And those kind of quick and inexpensive projects are just the best. Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Inspiration Friday this week!
    Vanessa

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  21. What a great idea! easy, fast, simple and looks great! Thanks for sharing at Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays.

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  22. cute and looks simple enough!

    Tiffany, I blog over at:
    http://itsacowgirlthing.blogspot.com/

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  24. This is exactly what I need right now in my house. My back door has no shade on it. I can't wait to try this tutorial. Please stop by www.laughloveandcraft.com and link up to my Share the Wealth Wednesday Link Party!

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  26. Thanks o you so much for sharing this!!! I love it!!! This is exactly what I've been wanting to do with our window treatments in the front of our house.

    http://craftysix.blogspot.com

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  27. Hi friend!! Your faux roman shade looks fabulous. That is so smart to glue on premade bows so they always look pretty!!! You are too smart!
    I had a fabulous time at the blog swap (besides blogger going down for a day, ugh!) thanks so much for letting me participate!! Also, your new haircut looks great!!!

    Thanks so much for linking up to Strictly Homemade Tuesday. I hope you will be back next week to inspire us all!!

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  28. shades look GREAT! thanks so much for sharing. perfect idea

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  29. Wow I love every aspect of these! There cute, easy to make, and very inexpensive. Thanks for sharing. I'm new to the blog world and a new follower, and can already say that I love your blog! :)

    Lisa
    thebrittainhouse.blogspot.com

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  30. super job! pretty and practical!
    gail

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  31. Nice job on your window treatment! I linked it to my roman shades project post too today, well done!

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