Have you ever watched a show on television where they demonstrated how to make an easy project?

You know. 

Projects that were “easy” and “took minutes” and were “so simple.”

And the project demonstrator was super cute and her hair was perfect and her nails were shiny and her teeth sparkled.

And her totally random outfit featuring blue jeans topped off with a lace top and with a vest with feathers and pearls and turquoise high heels….

….inspired total confidence in her decorating-project-ability.

And she smiled and made a project in 10 minutes.

And told you that it was easy.

Except it wasn’t.


Which you found out when you attempted to make the “easy project”.

And you wore sweatpants and flip-flops with a pair of broken sunglasses on your head.

And ended up donating it to Goodwill.

Home of the craft fail.


This my wonderful friend…..

… not that project.


Easy No Sew Window Treatment


shade (at the total risk of stating the obvious)

vinyl cut-out

ball trim

hot glue


Step 1:  Buy a shade

I bought mine at Lowe’s.

For $7.97.

There were nicer, more expensive shades available….but really….why?

You know I’m going to redecorate in a couple of months.


Step 2:  Apply vinyl

Apply the vinyl to the shade.

Does it get easier than that?


Step 3:  Apply ball trim

Not necessary….but so cute.

I simply hot glued the ball trim to the bottom of the shade.


Step 4:  Hang the shade

Didn’t I tell you it was easy?


It took me 10 minutes….not including the 35 minute drive to Lowe’s….

.…and the two minutes to put back on my broken sunglasses. 🙂


total disclaimer:  I was given this vinyl decal by one of my sponsors….the incomparable Leen the Graphics Queen.  

She has this style of graphic that you can personalize…..and so many more.

Plus….she’s offering Thistlewood Farms readers a 15% discount at the shop.  Just enter twf15 at check out. 🙂

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  1. Image for Martha Martha

    Always love your posts. This one brought back a memory about window shades. 45 years ago when I was first married and "nesting" my mother-in-law taught me a neat trick with window shades. Now, to begin with, I was not real familiar with shades, I came from a home with venetian blinds and roller window shades seemed very "last century". Some of that was because I was not from the South and my husband was and we were living in NC...filled with window shades. The wonderful thing I learned was applying fabric or wallpaper to the shade so that when rolled down you did not see the plain shade, but rather your applied fabric. I can't remember what kind of glue we used, don't think the spray adhesive was around then. I loved this and used it a lot and then as with most things in life I got tired of it and haven't decorated shades in forever . Your shade is lovely and such a cool 21st century application of something I first learned about a loooong time ago. Thanks....... and I always look homeless when doing DIY projects, no heels or fancy sweater.

  2. Image for Ashley Ashley

    So cute! ... and I love that story set up. So true! Who makes things dressed like that? Not I... I don't shower when I know I'm going to be working on projects, lol.

  3. Image for Debbie W. Debbie W.

    Thanks for sharing, what a great idea! And @ Martha, I just had to laugh at your last sentence... "I always look homeless when doing DIY projects" lol Glad I'm not the only one!!

  4. Image for Regina Regina

    Very cute. As soon as I saw it, I wondered, "Hmmmm . . . what about those amazing vinyl cutout words that go on walls, that you find at Target?" And then I thought, "I wish we had a Target . . . " :)

  5. Image for Zolane Zolane

    You make my day! I love that you "say" what all of us have "done" and "wear"! And why in the world would we want to be uncomfortable making this adorable shade. I can't wait to try this! Hugs, Zolane

  6. Image for pam clark pam clark

    KariAnne, did you post the winners of the adorable hanging lamps? I haven't seen it so I'm still holding out that maybe I'm a winner!!!! lol

  7. Image for Cheryl Cheryl

    Cool. My kind of gal ... why go expensive when you'll change it in a couple months anyway! Like the whole look you've got going in that room! Glad I found your site.

  8. Image for Theresa Smith Theresa Smith

    I just read where you had bought the gate house in front of your home in the Holiday Cottage magazine! Congratulations on the article, I really enjoyed it. Nice to see someone from good ole Kentucky in a magazine. tot

  9. Image for Diana W. Diana W.

    Not only am I in sweats and broken sunglasses but those sweat pants are covered in dog hair from the four furbabies we have. And the glasses? They're broken because one of the retarded animals chewed 'em up.....jes sayin! THAT is how this Southern Belle rolls doing DIY!

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