DIY Ribbon- Bordered Roman Shades

Roman shade upgrade: Give your plain shades a new look by adding a ribbon border.  DIY project by Jewels at Home.We’ve moved quite a few times over the years, and I’ve definitely learned a few things. One of those is that while it’s tempting to try to furnish and decorate your new home all at once, it’s better not to take your time. Besides the fact that you’ll make better decisions once you lived in your home for a while, I’ve also found that right after I move, I tend to look for the cheapest possible decor, since I’m still recovering mentally and financially from the move. When I space out the purchases, I usually end up picking better quality things.

That being said, some things just really need to be done quickly, and that includes window coverings. Black garbage bags hung with blue painter’s tape only look good for so long, you know. So, when I bought shades for our house three years ago, I went with the simplest option for the boys’ room. I had it in mind to spruce up the shades eventually, and I finally got to the project this summer.

I really like the look of fabric shades with a ribbon border. I had created a border on the curtains in our master bath, and I love how that turned out. For the boys, I wanted something very simple. I found some cotton twill tape and used tacky glue to attach it to the shades. It’s holding up very well so far. You’ll have to experiment with your own shades, but for reference, the twill tape I used is 1 1/4 inches wide, and I attached it to the shades 3 1/2 inches from the edge.

Roman shade upgrade: Give your plain shades a new look by adding a ribbon border.  DIY project by Jewels at Home.

Roman shade upgrade: Give your plain shades a new look by adding a ribbon border.  DIY project by Jewels at Home.

 

Roman shade upgrade: Give your plain shades a new look by adding a ribbon border.  DIY project by Jewels at Home.

 
I’m so impressed and happy with what a big difference this little change has made! It gives me hope that I might someday be “done” decorating the little boys’ room, a project which usually makes me think of the saying “Cleaning the house while children are growing is like shoveling snow while it is still snowing.”

Roman shade upgrade: Give your plain shades a new look by adding a ribbon border.  DIY project by Jewels at Home.

Hope to be back with more projects soon.  It has been a busy and fun summer.  We’re renovating our kitchen and basement, which is a big project.  I’m very excited and more than ready to be done with the dust and on to the decorating!

“Jewels”

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