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Window Treatment Ideas for Less

Instantly transform simple store-bought curtain panels into something special with these quick and easy curtain ideas and window treatments.

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    • Blocked Beauty

      From traditional to modern, this window treatment is perfect for any decorating style. Sheer blocks allow some light into the room but do not take away from the privacy functionality of a solid panel.

    • Blocked Beauty: Make It

      How to Make It

      -- Lay panels flat, then place three poster boards cut to 14 x 22 inches on top, making sure the distance between the three boards is even.

      -- Use a white chalk to trace around the boards; remove boards.

      -- Cut out squares.

      -- Lay your sheer fabric over the holes, pin into place and cut the sheer to size.

      -- Move the panel to an ironing board. Lay flat again and use iron-on adhesive to secure in place. (Make sure iron is on medium heat so you don't melt the sheer.)

      -- Use 7/8-inch chocolate grosgrain ribbon to finish off front cuts and secure with a 3/4-inch iron-on adhesive.

      -- Iron both front and back to help adhere the adhesive.

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      Learn the right way to hang curtains for perfectly dressed windows.

    • Stenciled Curtain Panels

      These floor-length panels are great for a kids' playroom or bedroom. Not only will your little ones love seeing their names in big letters, but they can help make these easy treatments.

    • Stenciled Curtain Panels: Make It

      How to Make It

      -- Purchase 9-inch oil-based board stencils.

      -- Overlap boards so letters are at the desired distance apart.

      -- Trace stencil with a pencil; remove the cardboard stencils.

      -- Paint inside the drawn lines.

    • Button Burst

      Fun and whimsical, this unique window treatment is simple to duplicate. All you need are a handful of buttons and some creativity.

    • Button Burst: Make It

      How to Make It

      -- Arrange the buttons in a pattern you like on the panel.

      -- Using fabric glue, glue the buttons into place.

      -- Lay flat to dry.

    • Ribbon Masterpiece

      It's never been simpler to take an existing window panel and make it fabulous. If you are new to do-it-yourself projects, this embellished window treatment idea is perfect for you.

    • Ribbon Masterpiece: Make It

      How to Make It

      -- Purchase three colors and sizes of ribbon

      -- Cut large ribbon to 8 inches, second size to 6 inches, and small to 4 inches.

      -- Iron all ribbon in half.

      -- Line up the three sizes together, pin in place and sew a quick stitch at top to secure.

      -- Draw a line across the panel where embellishment is desired.

      -- Pin ribbon blocks in place. Then stitch across the length of the ribbon to secure it to the panel (you can also use iron-on adhesive to make this a no-sew project).

      -- Using an iron-on adhesive, secure medium and small ribbon in horizontal strips, to complete the look.

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      Branching Out

      Achieve a designer look at the fraction of the price with this creative design. Search your local fabric store for discount fabric that can be used to create window panels. Then put your creativity to the test by sketching out a leafy design that fits your style.

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      Branching Out: Make It

      How to Make It

      -- For one large branch, trace out the pattern first with a white chalk.

      -- Make three size leaves on card stock; cut out pattern.

      -- Trace the leaves on the branch pattern.

      -- Using acrylic or fabric paint, hand-paint branch and leaves.

      -- Let dry. Use a cloth to wipe off excess chalk.

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      Trim & Ribbon Treatment

      You can take any pair of plain drapes and dress them up in a few easy steps. Because the panels are embellished only in thin stripes, the more detail the better. We chose to use several types of ribbon, buttons, and beaded trim for our treatment, but the list of embellishments is endless.

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      Trim & Ribbon Treatment: Make It

      How to Make It

      -- Purchase several different ribbons, trims and buttons in the color combination of your choice.

      -- Plan an arrangement of layers.

      -- Measure and draw a line across the panel to line up the beaded trim. Continue to add the other layers above and below the center ribbon.

      -- Use an iron-on adhesive for the ribbon and flat trims.

      -- Use fabric glue for the smaller, round, and irregular shaped trims.

      -- To complete the look, glue on buttons.

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      Diamond Masterpiece

      Jazz up any room with high-style panels like these diamond masterpieces. Contrasting diamonds add definition to the plain blue drapes and will give any room a more modern appeal.

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      Diamond Masterpiece: Make It

      How to Make It

      -- Determine the size of diamond you need to line the edge the panel.

      -- Print the diamond shape on a piece of card stock.

      -- Cut out the diamond and trace around it on back of green fabric with pencil or chalk.

      -- Paint penciled edges with fray glue. Let dry.

      -- Cut out.

      -- Iron panel to get flat.

      -- Line up fabric diamonds and attach with hot (steam) iron and iron-on adhesive.

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      Top It with a Scarf

      Scarves are a great way to add color and texture to your treatment, yet still maintain a tailored look. If you're having trouble finding two of the same kind, opt for scarves that have similar patterns or colors.

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      Top It with a Scarf: Make It

      How to Make It

      -- Purchase two women's dress scarves in patterns and colors that fit your decor.

      -- Cut in half, hem.

      -- Lay them over top of panel and pin in place.

      -- Sew one at a time (bottoms scarf first).

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