Looking for a unique way to cover your windows? These DIY drop cloth roman shades are easy and a great way to change up the look of your rooms.
When I was little, I used to call things cool.
Things that were amazing, things that were incredible, things that poems and songs and odes should be written about….
…they were called cool.
When I got older? Things were awesome. And tubular. And fetch. And on fleek.
Throw all that out the window.
If you love something. If you are all about it. If it’s amazing and out of this world and off the charts like how to make a drop cloth roman shade?
It’s now called savage.
Before we begin, I have to get something out of the way.
You can do this.
You got this. Really. It’s so much easier than it looks. And so much cheaper and custom than buying a linen shade like this off the racks. Pin it for later if you don’t want to do it now. You’ll be so happy you did one day when you’re looking for an easy window option and you remember this tutorial.
Okay. Are you ready?
Now let’s get started.
How to Make a Drop Cloth Roman Shade
white plastic rings (you can find them at any craft store over by the fabric)
Step 1: Cut your pine boards to make your drop cloth roman shades
The boards need to fit just inside the top of the window.
Add an eye hook to each end as shown.
(See how easy it is so far? You got this.)
Step 2: Hem dropcloth
Measure your window and cut your drop cloth to fit.
You’ll want to add two inches on each side and two inches on the top and bottom.
I used the existing hem for the top and bottom and folded over the sides, ironed and hemmed.
Step 3: Sew rings
Every five inches on the side, you’ll want to sew one plastic ring.
Start at the bottom and add rings going up.
I used five rings on each side.
You’ll want to leave a five inch clearance from the top board so the curtain hangs properly.
Step 4: Staple drop cloth
Staple the drop cloth to the top of the board as shown.
You’ll want to wrap it around and attach to back.
Step 5: Thread cording
Start at the bottom of one edge of the shade and tie the cording on.
Then thread the cord through all the round plastic ring and through the eye hooks at the top.
One of the sides will go through all the rings on that side and then through the eye hooks in the top.
The other side will go through all the rings on that side and ONLY the one eye hook located directly above that side.
Both strings will come out through the same eye hook on the same side.
I made a graphic that shows the layout to try and help.
I didn’t show the drop cloth attached in the graphic to try to help explain it.
But in a perfect world, the drop cloth would be wrapped over the board at the top.
Feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions on this part.
Step 6: Attach shade
Simply nail in the shade to the top of the window.
Grab both ends of the cording and the most amazing thing happens….
….as you pull it up, it layers itself.
Tie off the cords to a small hook you add inside the window frame. Fluff the shade to get it to the exact look you want. You can raise it or lower it by the cords any time you want.
I forgot it was 2019.
Now they are savage. 🙂