How to Make a Roman Shade From a Canvas Drop Cloth

Turn boring blinds into a custom window treatment with this simple DIY Roman shade project.

July 09, 2020

If you've got a free morning, you've got time to improve the look of your window treatments. We'll show you how to make a Roman shade for about $30.

Photo by: Gary Payne

Gary Payne

Skill Level: Beginner
Estimated Time: 1/2 day
Estimated Cost: $30

Tools and Materials

  • window blind
  • drop cloth
  • scissors
  • decoupage glue
  • permanent marker
  • painter’s tape
  • measuring tape
  • clothespins

Remove Blind

Remove the blind from the window and lay it out on a work table.

Remove Slats

Measure the window length and set blinds to that length. Begin removing slats starting from the top and working down. For a 2-1/2-inch blind, leave roughly every fifth slat in place so when fabric is added the shade will draw up correctly. The remaining slats should be roughly 7 inches apart.

Photo by: Gary Payne

Gary Payne

Measure and Mark Fabric

Lay the drop cloth on the work table and center the blind in the middle of it (Image 1). Measure and mark the fabric 2 inches wider than the blinds on all sides. Cut out the rectangle needed (Images 2 & 3).

Create a Design

Use a marker and painter's tape to mark the 2-inch border that will be glued and folded over the blinds (Image 1). Be creative — any design will do. For a geometric V-shape pattern like ours, use painter's tape to make five columns equal in width (Image 2). Make a mark every 1-1/2 inches on the painter's tape as a guide for the pattern to mark the top and bottom points of the V shape (Image 3). Use a permanent marker to create the V shapes, keeping them uniform (Images 4 & 5).

How-To Tip

Customize Roman Shades With Fabric

HGTV Magazine shows you how to add style to your Roman shades with with these easy makeover ideas.

Place Blind on Cloth

When your pattern is complete, remove the painter's tape (Images 1 & 2). Flip the fabric over (patterned side down) and put the blinds on top of the fabric. The cord of the blind should be toward you, which is the back side.

Attach Cloth to Blind

Adhere the fabric to the blinds using decoupage glue. Start with the top of the blinds and glue the fabric to the top bracket like you are wrapping a present. Cut a diagonal from the top of the bracket upward and cut from the lower side of the bracket straight across to the edge of the fabric for easy wrapping. (Images 1 and 2). When gluing the bottom of the blinds, be sure to roll the bottom rail so the fabric fully covers the rail (Images 3, 4 and 5).

Glue Sides to Slats

Continue gluing across the top and down each of the side of the blind (Image 1). Use clothespins to keep pressure applied until the glue dries.

Hang Roman Shade

Hang your new Roman shade in the same brackets where the blinds were hung before.

Watch the DIY Roman Shade How-To

Next Up

How-To: Customize Roman Shades With Fabric

HGTV Magazine shows you how to put your stamp on basic items with these easy makeover ideas.

Low-Sew Roman Shade

With the help of fusible webbing tape and hot glue, this simplified Roman shade requires minimal sewing.

How to Make Pull-Down Shades With Beaded Ribbon

Add light control and maintain your privacy in style with this window treatment project.

How to Make a Linen and Leather Roman Shade

Make a window treatment from natural linen and leather straps for a classic look.

How to Make Simple Window Shades

Whip up some window treatments in no time with these step-by-step instructions.

How to Create Shelving With Window Shutters

The DIY experts at HGTV Magazine recreated this flea market find. Here’s how you can, too.

How-to: Patterned Wallpaper Shade

Follow the directions below to complete this DIY wallpaper craft from HGTV Magazine.

Goblet Pleats

Tips for designing this great topper, which is known mostly for its style.

How to Make a Ribboned Window Topper

Adding ribbon to a window topper is easy yet elegant. Follow these step-by-step instructions to make your own.

Panel Curtains Combine Form and Function

Tips on changing the look of a room with these simple window treatments.

Go Shopping

Refresh your home with stylish products handpicked by HGTV editors.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.