Make these $7.00 burlap coffee bean sack window shades
I love coffee bean sacks! Not only is the burlap perfectly rustic, the added stamped graphics give them the ability to turn something ho hum into art.
There’s a bank of 3 windows in the kitchen I thought could use some warming up.
So after I landed a certain coffee bean sack from a local coffee roaster, my brainstorm kicked in. Faux window roll shades (that are really window valances) could be an amazing rustic kitchen window treatment!
They’d add just enough warmth to make an impact, but wouldn’t ever be in the way.
And here’s how they turned out! Aren’t they fun? And they couldn’t be easier to make!
Here’s how I made them:
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Supplies I used:
2 closet dowel brackets per window
wooden closet dowel (1 per window)
cut up coffee bean sacks (found mine for $1@ from a local coffee roaster!)
liner fabric (close colour to burlap)
TIP: While I used authentic coffee bean sacks, here are two stencils that would look really cool stenciled onto plain burlap material to achieve this look!
Visit all Funky Junk’s Old Sign Stencils HERE for other cool variations
1. Cut a wooden closet dowel just short of the full width of your window. You’ll need 1 dowel per window.
2. Gather up a drill, drill bits (for pre-drilling and screwing) and 2 closet dowel brackets.
3. Hold up the closet dowel bracket at desired position, then pencil in the hole.
Position the bracket closer towards the front of the window as shown in the picture.
Remove bracket, then pre-drill a hole.
4. Screw in 2 brackets per window, then mount the closet dowel into place.
5. Remove the wooden closet dowel and lay it across a coffee bean sack. Cut the sack to the width of the dowel.
I used 1/2 a sack per shade, however you can add more fabric to yours if you wish for them to hang lower than a typical valance.
6. Slightly fray all four edges.
7. Cut a liner of some sort for a backing.
The burlap is very transparent so if you wish for the graphics to show up, a liner does the trick. I used a linen material from my stash that was a burlap-like colour.
8. Hot glue the liner to the burlap just along the top edge, so the two will roll into each other smoothly without bunching up.
If you find the liner won’t sit flat with the burlap, you could use glue along all 4 edges if desired.
Don’t overdo the glue or it will seep through the materials.
9. Flip fabric with liner to right side facing down. Run a bead of hot glue along the top edge of the fabric, then stick it to the dowel.
10. Roll until material meets material, and then adjust to length of hanging fabric desired.
You could run another glue bead at the end sticking point as well if desired, but I didn’t need to.
11. Hang up the shade and you have yourself some pretty cute burlap coffee bean sack window shades!
If you are finding that the blinds want to unroll, here’s how to stop that:
- predrill a small hole into the side of one closet bracket
- insert a screw that punctures the bracket until it reaches the dowel
I added a few junky trinkets as pulls just for fun!
Then add a few green faux plants for a no upkeep window area and…
…go decorate the rest of the kitchen to work with your new windows of course. I’m on it. 🙂
Think you’ll try a few?!
Other funky window treatments you may appreciate:
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