Remember these bad boys:
Nate refashioned those old shelves into some cornices for our office windows, which previously were pretty barren:
Cornices are very easy to make...thanks to this cheesy $2 "you can do it windows" book I got at Jo-Ann Fabrics.
First you cut a board the width of the windo frame plus 6". Cut side pieces 3" long for windows with blinds and 6" long for curtained windows. Screw the boards together until you make a step:
Then go shopping for fabric and batting. You will need to measure the outer sides and front of the assembled cornice from end to end for length and measure the height of the cornice and add 5" for the width.
LENGTH: End to end of the cornice
WIDTH: Height of the cornice plus 5"
Lay out the batting and put the cornice on top of it:
Use an upholestry staple gun to pull the batting taut and staple to the back.
Repeat the steps for the fabric:
To hang the finished cornice, attach 2" L brackets to the wall above the drapery rods.