The phrase “custom window treatments” sounds expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. If you’re looking to add a little flair to your windows, try this super-affordable DIY project from “Home Made Simple.” It’s especially good for adding privacy to bathroom windows without adding the bulk of curtains ― and it’s easily removable. Just wash with warm water to peel the fabric away.
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 3 cups water
- Measuring tape
- A thin decorative fabric ― enough to cover desired windows
- Painter’s tape
- Glass cleaner
- Paper towels
- Cooking pot
Measure the width and length of your window. Cut the fabric with scissors to fit the measured dimensions of your window.
Clean the window with glass cleaner and paper towels.
Tape the fabric to the edges of the window with painter’s tape.
Boil 2 cups of water in a medium saucepan.
Stir in 1/4 cup cornstarch to 1 cup of room temperature water and mix until blended.
Add the water and cornstarch mixture to the boiling water.
Stir continuously to keep from settling or becoming too thick ― the ideal texture is a milky consistency. This mixture will become your glue for the window treatment, adhering the fabric to the window.
Paint small amounts of cornstarch over fabric on window using a paintbrush and short, gentle strokes. Smooth the fabric down gently from top to bottom with the squeegee as you go.
When the fabric is completely painted with cornstarch, use the squeegee gently to smooth out any bubbles, being careful not to scrape off cornstarch, and ensure the design on your fabric will be clearly visible.
Wipe off any excess cornstarch on the bottom of the windowsill using a towel.
Let the cornstarch treatment dry for 1 hour. Once dry, carefully remove the painter’s tape.
Repeat cornstarch prep steps and application steps for edges of the fabric that were previously taped.
Let dry for 1 hour.
“Home Made Simple” returns to OWN with new episodes on Saturday, Jan. 14, at 9 a.m. ET.
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