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Decorative Shade Pulls

Source: Martha Stewart Living Television


Old buttons and knickknacks become functional and decorative shade pulls when they're suspended from the bottom of a window shade with ribbon, button thread, or twine. On tall windows, a window shade can be too high to comfortably reach, but a shade pull makes closing the shade easy. 

The decorative appeal of a shade pull is not to be underestimated, either. Buttons, pendants, and beads are only a few of the choices. Old curtain rings and seashells, and, for a child's room, wooden letters and carved animals also work well.


  • Buttons, pendants, or other objects

  • Drill (if turning an object without existing holes into a shade pull)

  • Ribbon, button thread, or twine

  • Grommet kit or a window shade with preinstalled grommet


  1. Choose an object that is not so heavy it will chip the paint on the windowsill or crack the glass. Some objects, such as seashells, must be drilled with a hole before you can make them into shade pulls. Mounting almost any object as a shade pull is done by the same process. Shades that come with a preinstalled grommet make the process much quicker. If, however, you wish to retrofit a window shade, you can use a grommet kit and install a grommet in the center of the shade at the bottom (just above the wooden dowel that weights the shade).

  2. Decide how long you want the ribbon or twine to be, and double that length; thread the ribbon or twine through the button or other object, and tie the loose ends into a knot.

  3. If you're turning a wooden animal or letter into a shade pull, begin by inserting a screw eye in the top of the object; experiment with the position of the screw eye until the object is level when suspended. Thread the knotted end through the grommet, forming a loop at the back of the shade; run the button through the loop, and pull the button taut to bring it into place. If the ribbon or twine you're using is wide, use a single strand, and tie a large knot in the back of the shade to secure it. (If you have a concern with child safety, hang the shade pull by the process detailed above, but use a single, short, strand knotted at both ends to minimize the danger of children becoming entangled in the twine. It's best not to use such cords at all for very small children. Children love seeing their old toys given a new use, and wood is the ideal childproof material since it won't scratch the windowsill or chip the window.

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