Cornice Schmornice!!!

I did it! I have been wanting to make a cornice board for as long as I can remember. Then I saw this one and knew I could do it. I love the internet for so many reasons, but mainly for the inspiration! I went back and forth with fabrics and finally I landed on this one. I love it, but I am getting ahead of myself.

First off, ignore all the crappy pictures. I did the best I could with the crazy lighting over the course of the project. Remember…I am average at everything and a photographer I am not!

This will take you a day to do if you have kids. It would have gone much faster if I didn’t have my little helper. Ha! You know how it goes.  Start one thing, get interrupted. Start again, get a snack. It is a fun and challenging little process…crafting with little ones around. Eli thought it was a great track/runway. So…back to the task at hand.



It will take a day here and there or an hour or two if you are doing it straight through. It cost me very little. So you start by measuring your window and deciding how big you want your cornice board to be. Mine is a little over 90 inches so I used three and a bit more of a fourth section of foam board. Because mine was so long I put extra pieces behind to add more support. If yours is just for a normal sized window you won’t need to do this. I duct taped them all together in a row, added the supports and then laid it over the batting. Once I knew the batting was the correct size I flipped it over and began attaching it to the foam board.




I ended up changing my original design so I made two total boards and through trial and error learned that hot glue works great to attach both the fabric and the batting to the foam board. I used a staple gun the second go round and I honestly think the hot glue holds better.



I used duct tape to hold it in place before I stapled. This isn’t a have to, but it helped me keep things tight.



I wanted mine to have sides as well as a top. To accomplish this you will just need to measure four inches in on the top and both sides and score the line. Only go half way through the foam board so it is still attached. This way you can just fold the tops and sides down rather than having to tape the whole thing together. Sorry I didn’t think to get any shots of this.



You can see that from the back it is a total mess! I will eventually cover this with another piece of remnant fabric. I think I am going to do it in the yellow damask you see. I love how bright it is and I think the sun will bounce off it nicely and bring more light into the space. The key if you are doing a pattern is to make sure you keep it straight. Otherwise it will look a little wonky hanging.



Again, don’t judge me for the back. It looks terrible, but it is oh so functional and pretty when it is complete. That is why covering the back will be key to making it look like a more crisp piece.

My very amazing husband decided that L-brackets were the best way to hang it. I had seen it done several ways and this just worked best for our space. We used four total which is total overkill since the whole board weighed less than 8 lbs. I am sure. We used that many just to prevent any bowing since mine was so long. You can judge what is best for your space.




And then it was as simple as sitting the finished product on top of the l-brackets. It was SO SO SO easy!!! I love that if next month I decide I hate it, I can take it down and recover the bad boy and just pop it back up there. So here it is in all it’s glory! I might name it, I love it so much!






This is a better shot of the corner so you can see how I wrapped the fabric like I was wrapping a present. Just fold the corners neatly.











I love how it turned out! Have I said that yet! Love it! It looks a little navy in the pictures, but in true Kentucky fashion it is a bright UK blue!!! I am still looking for the perfect fabric to make the curtains to hang below. I was initially thinking white, but I think I want more of a bright pattern to give the space more umph! What do you think would look good? Did you make anything fun over the weekend!


15 thoughts on “Cornice Schmornice!!!

  1. Looks real good! Watch out a decorator will be trying to get you to make valances ! I made a cool tote bag Finished it last eve.

  2. Looks pretty amazing! You both have so much patience to take on those projects. I would have been swearing the whole way through…

  3. That is awesome! You’ve inspired me to try it on my living room windows! Your house looks AMAZING from what I’ve seen on the blog. Can’t wait to find a time to come visit!

  4. This looks incredible! I love the pattern on the fabric. Thanks for checking out my blog, Abby!
    p.s. Your shoe collection puts mine to shame. So jealous.

  5. These look fantastic!!! Great job and thanks for the traffic back!
    First glance I am picturing a crisp white curtain with a red, yellow or pink trim…or just enough but not too much. I also like it as is…
    you have quite a cute little assistant!!!

  6. I just happened to come across your blog from lizmarieblog – I too make a cornice (didn’t know that’s what it was called – I called mine a valance board, ha) this weekend! I live in a super small town with no fabric store, however, so I covered mine in burlap. My kitchen window is 86″ long and I used stiff thick cardboard for mine – it actually turned out great! Next time I’m in the city I definitely want to recover it with some fun fabric, but the burlap is working for me for now! One question – what length (width?) did you make yours? I first cut mine to be 10″, but that felt too short, so it’s now just over 15″ but I feel like it looks a bit too much! 🙂

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