Wallpaper Window Shade
A length of wallpaper is all it takes to turn a plain roller shade into a work of art -- complete with its own frame.
A length of wallpaper is all it takes to turn a plain roller shade into a work of art -- complete with its own frame. Showcase a very special piece, a favorite vintage paper, or a remnant. You can tie the room together with a pattern that echoes an existing motif, or build a head-to-toe look by using the same paper that's on the walls.
A reverse roll-shade (meaning a shade that rolls from front) works best. Ask for remnants at a wallpaper store for this project.
- Roller shade
- Nonskid metal ruler
- Craft knife
- Wallpaper adhesive and brush
- Uncoated lining paper
- Rolling pin
- Matte finish protectant (optional)
Select wallpaper in a thickness similar to the shade's.
Measure and cut wallpaper to fit shade, with extra to wrap around bottom of shade and roller at top.
Prepare proper adhesive; ask wallpaper dealer for guidance. Some papers come preglued and need only to be dampened; others call for paste. Delicate papers should be backed with uncoated lining paper first. When applying paste, work from one end to the other.
Lay shade flat on a work surface, and mount paper on shade, working from one end to the other and smoothing any bubbles with a rolling pin. Let adhesive dry. To protect delicate papers, spray with a matte finish for papers (available at art-supply stores) before installing the shade.