I have loved the look of bamboo shades for a while now. A beautiful bamboo shade paired with gorgeous curtains is a look to long for! Here a few examples of the look:
via Traditional Home
Sometimes…It’s Okay to be Fake
I stood there holding the placemat…moving it…bending it…and then it struck me! I could create the “look” of a bamboo shade without it actually being a working shade. Which is fine, because I don’t need the “shade”…just the look!
I love it! I love the bamboo with the Chinoiserie style fabric of the curtains.
The bonus…quick, easy and cheap!
Let me give you the details…
I wanted the placemat to “roll” under like a real shade, so I knew that they would need to be hung from the side of the placemat. Does that make sense? Basically the “sticks” would need to parallel to the top of the window.
I measured the inside of the window because I knew the shade must hang inside the window. It also removes the need for any type of hardware.
The inside of my window is 34″ wide. I used three placemats, which were 13 inches each. Two of the placemats were cut down to 10.5″ and the third one was kept at 13″. I arranged them with the 13″ placemat in the center.
I put a small amount of hot glue down the edges of the placemats and joined them together.
Next, I needed to create the “strings” that real shades have. Plus, I needed to hide the area where the placemats were joined together with the hot glue.
I simply hot glued a strand along the area of the shade where the placemats met.
When I added the twine, I wrapped it over the top and left some length on the bottom because when I “rolled” my shade under a little, I was able to use the extra length at the bottom to hold the folded end up.
I created the rolls of the shade so that it would have the appearance of a real shade, pulled up to let the light in. I pulled the ends of the twine around the back of the shade and hot glued it to the back, at the top. I added some extra hot glue along the seams on the back of shade to reinforce where the placemats meet.
Once you have the shade constructed, all you need to install the shade is a staple gun! I placed the shade inside the window and went underneath the shade to staple it to the bottom of the top window seal.
As you can see, about an 1 1/2″ of the shade sits flat on the underside of the window seal. I stapled it about every 6″. When you are done stapling and you lower the shade it will look nice and flush against the window seal.
I love it!
It’s one of my proudest DIY moments!
I love my DIY faux bamboo shade made from three $1.00 placemats! It’s an easy, stunning look! Just remember, it’s not a working shade. But if you want the look and do not need the privacy or light filtration, then it just might be the answer for you!
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