July 23, 2014

Look for Less Challenge: DIY Ribbon Trimmed Roman Shades

Welcome to another installment of the Look for Less Design Challenge, where 5 blog friends and I make a design-inspired piece for a fraction of the cost! At the bottom of the post is a link up, where you can show off your own knock-off projects for a chance to win a $60 Target Gift Card!



I have recently been putting our office/homework space together, and several of the projects are DIY (which is the way I like it)! When it came to window treatments for the space, I decided to work with what we already had, and simply add a little something to make them pop. Cue my DIY Ribbon Trimmed Roman Shades (no-sew too)!


We purchased some inexpensive white roman shades from JCP online several years ago, and two of them found their way to the office space. Each roman shade was about $25. The windows in this space have pretty millwork around them, so I knew I didn't want to cover that. I think roman shades add just the right amount of light coverage with a softened edge. But...the plain white just wasn't doing it for me!

I decided, after finding this inspiration image, that I would trim the shades with black grosgrain ribbon for a more custom look. Here is the inspiration photo from Pottery Barn.


One of these roman shades, in the same size as my window, comes in at a whopping $194 (this is the sale price!). The original price for one roman shade is $229! I was able to make each ribbon trimmed roman shade for $32, which includes the cost of the plain roman shade!


I love the classic pop of black against the millwork! The room is light and bright with pops of color. I think the black helps ground the space.


You can see here what a difference the trim makes with a before and after!


For this project, I purchased 2 1/2" black grosgrain ribbon from Joann's. I needed 4 rolls, each $2.99. I also purchased and used (2) rolls of no-sew iron-on adhesive that I found at Walmart for $1 each. The only other thing I used is my trusty iron! Make sure you use a hot iron and a wet cloth over the top of the ribbon/shade when using this heat & bond. It's really quite easy to use and will go quickly once you get the hang of it!

The rolls of ribbon were long enough to reach down the entire length of my roman shade, making it seamless. I used the seam line on the side of the shade as my marking point to know how far in to secure the ribbon. No measuring involved here!


At the bottom, and around the top flap of the shade, I folded the corners over to make them come together at a 90* angle, and secured them with the no-sew adhesive.



Following the seam along the side of the shade made it easy to knock this project out in a few hours. I took my time making sure the no-sew adhesive tape was very secure before hanging. I absolutely love the difference these make in the room!

Total cost for (1) DIY Ribbon Trim Roman Shade was $32! The shade was $25, $6 for the ribbon, and $1 for the heat & bond tape. Mine are not perfect, but it sure beats the $229 price tag (for 1 shade) from Pottery Barn!



Looking for more inspiration? Check out what the other bloggers in the challenge have come up with! Click the link above the picture, and be sure to "pin" from the original post - thank you!






Now, it's your turn to show us your Look for Less projects! We will choose our favorite project when the link party closes and the winner will get a $60 Target Gift Card!





12 comments:

  1. This is such an elegant look, I absolutely love it. Great work! Thanks for being a L4L'er!

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    1. Thanks Kayla for having me be a part of this again!

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  2. So cute! I love love love love it! I've been wanting to do a roman shade in our kitchen forever, I'm totally stealing this tutorial!

    xo,
    Kylie

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    1. Thanks Kylie! Super easy to do, I think one in a kitchen would be so stunning!

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  3. Uhhh i love roman shades!!!! I have the same deal in our house as far as not wanting to cover the wood work around the windows, an easy roman shade has been on my list for a couple months now. thanks for sharing and looove what the black added to the space :)

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  4. I love roman shades and you chose to do a stunning classic design! They look fabulous. I'm going to do this with my plain white shades. Thank you for the inspiration!

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    1. Because the shades were so inexpensive, I figured if I screwed them up, oh well! Luckily this was an easy project and I like the way they look!! Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Our kitchen window needs this! Where did you find the plain shade?

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    1. Hi Colleen! These shades are inexpensive shades from JCP from several years ago. They probably still sell some sort of version of this. I also know that Lowes and Home Depot sell a similar plain white shade. Hope this helps!

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  6. Wow! I've thought of trashing the roman shades in my living room because they are BORING, but maybe I will give this a try!

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    1. It was amazing to me what a little ribbon could do to these boring shades!! :)

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