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Design on Cloud Nine

Add a simple touch to your baby's room with this project.

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by Matt Fox, HGTV

Sometimes the simplest projects can be the most fun. While working on an infant's room, the mom wanted soft clouds to surround her new baby. So colleague Shari Hiller and I came up with these soft adorable cloud cornice boards for the window. Building them is a breeze and the time floats away. Just follow these simple steps:

Materials and Tools:

lengths of 1" x 4" pine lumber
homosote boards (purchased at a lumber yard)
drywall screws
quilt batting
jigsaw or utility knife
staple gun and staples
"L" brackets


1. First, determine the size of cornice box you will need to support your clouds. Generally, a cornice board needs to be mounted about 2 to 3 inches above a drapery treatment, blind or window casing, and about 2 inches wider than those items just mentioned. Once you know the sizes of your cornice boxes, you can determine how much wood you need. Cut two pieces of 1-inch-by-4-inch pine to the length that you need; one will be the top of the cornice box, the other will be the front face. Cut two end pieces to close in the ends.

2. Now place the front face of your cornice box on the Homosote board. Using a pencil or pen, sketch out a cloud shape that encloses the cornice box. This way, when you attach the cloud to the box, there won't be any cornice box showing. Cut your cloud shape out with a jigsaw or sharp utility knife.

3. You may skip this step if you want to, but we thought it would be fun to make the clouds more dimensional by cutting out an additional smaller cloud piece to attach to the face of the bigger cloud. Just sketch out the smaller cloud and cut it out.

4. Cover one side of your clouds with quilt batting. Wrap it around and staple it to the back. Do the exact same thing with the terry cloth material, covering more of the back so you don't catch a glimpse of the raw Homosote from outside your windows!

5. Attach the smaller cloud to the larger one first. From the backside of the larger cloud screw them together with drywall screws. Be careful not to use screws that are too long; they can end up puncturing through the front of the little cloud.

6. To mount the clouds to the cornice boxes, lay the clouds face down, and position the face of the cornice on the back of the big cloud. Make sure that the cornice box does not protrude from the edges of the clouds. Using drywall screws, attach the clouds to the cornice boxes.

7. The easiest way to attach the cloud cornices to the wall is to first mount the "L" brackets to the wall. Try to hit a stud or use wall anchors to make sure that the weight of the cornice doesn't pull the "L" brackets out of the wall. Once those are rock-solid, set the cornice on the "L" bracket, and fasten it on.

Extra tip: Other shapes are also possible for this type of cornice. You may want to create a row of sunflowers cut out of plywood and then painted. How about an apple tree? Just use green felt around Homosote with red felt apples glued on. As always, let your imagination go... you'll enjoy the results as much as the process.

(Distributed by Scripps Howard News Service.)

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