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The Look for Less: DIY Ribbon Trimmed Roman Shades

Ribbon trimmed roman shades have a simple and clean look that I like.

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Here they are for sale at Pottery Barn:

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Pottery Barn

Although I like the ones at Pottery Barn, the trim colors don’t work for my rooms, and prices start at $209, which was more than I wanted to spend.  I decided to go the DIY route.

I purchased inexpensive white cotton roman shades for the bathrooms last year from JCPenney.  (I rarely purchase anything from JCPenney, but you can’t beat their prices for window blinds, and, using one of their frequent promotional coupons, I don’t think I paid more than $40 a piece). I had every intention of adding grosgrain ribbon to the shades before hanging them, but somehow I did not get around to it, and they have been hanging for a year unadorned.

This is how the guest bathroom shade looked until yesterday:


It was fine, but a little boring. I thought trim to the shade would give it some pizaaz and a more custom look. Since I couldn’t figure out how to uninstall the shade, I actually did the project with the shade still mounted in the window. I purchased a couple of rolls of grosgrain ribbon and some permanent double-sided fabric tape at Michael’s and set to work. I pulled down the shade all the way, then applied the double-sided fabric tape along the outer edges on each side of the shade and the valance. Applying the tape close to the edges made it easy to keep the tape straight. Once the tape was in place, I added the ribbon on top of the tape, pressing down as I went along so that the ribbon would adhere. Because I was doing all of this while the shade was still hanging, I applied the ribbon starting from the top down on each edge. When I got to the bottom, I extended  the ribbon about an inch further and taped that end of the ribbon on the reverse side of the shade, making for a clean edge along the bottom of the shade.

This project could not be any easier or quicker!

Here is how it looks now:



I think the shade looks a little more “finished” than it did without the ribbon. Using a different color ribbon, I did the same thing to the shade in our master bathroom. It was too dark for me to get a good photo of the end result of that one.

It cost about $20 for the tape and ribbon for each shade. Thus, taking into account the purchase price, I estimate that I spent a total of $60 on each shade–70% less than if I had purchased them at Pottery Barn.

If you have missed my earlier The Look for Less DIY posts you can read them here (black and white abstract circle art) and here (gold elephant figurine).

Thanks for stopping by!





14 thoughts on “The Look for Less: DIY Ribbon Trimmed Roman Shades

  1. What a great DIY project! Thanks for sourcing the blinds. You’ve given me inspiration to tackle the project for the boy’s bathroom this week. Great post Elizabeth:))

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  2. It looks professional! I love to see something done and made easy to do at the same time. By purchasing ready mades, you were able to cut a big corner, and saved a ton of money to boot.

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