How to make a custom, fabric covered Cornice Board With Foam Core Board


These cornice boards are so light you can hang them from one nail. With my easy to follow directions you can change the look of your room in no time at all. With just a few straight pins you can change the look of these cornices as often as you want.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring Tape
  • Box cutter
  • Foam Core Boards
  • Batting
  • Fabric
  • Straight Pins
  • Hammer
  • Small Nail for each board
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Measure window. You can make cornice to fit inside window casing or outside. Gather all your materials.

  • Cut one piece of board to desired width and length. You can make these narrow or wide, depending on the look you want.(This will be the large piece that will go across your window.) Now you need to cut two pieces to make the sides, and one piece to go across the top. These pieces will all be the same width. You need to decide how far from the window you want the cornice board to come out. I suggest at least three inches.

  • Use your hot glue gun to attach the side pieces and the top piece to the main board. Attach them to the sides of your main piece. Allow to dry for an hour.

  • Cut your fabric 4 inches wider and longer than your board. Lay fabric on flat surface with the back side facing up. Lay board on fabric. Start by folding fabric around sides and top of board. Put one pin in top, bottom and one on each side to hold your fabric. Flip over to make sure fabric is placed correctly, then continue to place as many pins as you need to secure the fabric onto the board.

  • Hammer nail at the top of your window right in the middle. Hang you cornice board on nail. Step back and admire your work!

Tips & Warnings

  • I use T-pins to reinforce my side and top piece to the main board.
  • Add trim about an inch up from the bottom of your board if desired.
  • You can add curtains by adding two lengths of fabric in a coordinating fabric to the outside edges of your board.
  • I've also used two pieces of triangle shaped fabric to the boards, so that they hang from the backside of your front piece of board. Just pin them on.
  • Your options are unlimited. Change your fabric to match the holidays, etc.

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