DIY Woven Window Shades

DIY Woven Window Shades

Make a decorative woven window shade to cover small, obscure windows or for use as a room divider!

5 col

Difficulty: Intermediate

(4) 1” x 4” x 29” Lumber
(4) 1” x 4” x 92” Lumber
(6) 1/8” x 7” x 96” Lauan plywood
(10) 1” x 29” Wood dowels
(3) Standard door hinges with accompanying screws
Small box 1” wood screws
Nail gun with ¾” and 1½” 16-gauge brad nails
Screw gun with Phillips head bit
Tape measure
Speed square
Wood stain – color of your choice
(2) Dry rags
Rubber gloves
Safety glasses


This project shows the steps and materials for making one decorative woven window shade and/or room divider. Double the materials and repeat the steps to make a second shade, as shown in the picture


1. Put on rubber gloves. In a well ventilated area, apply wood stain with a dry rag to all eight pieces of lumber, six pieces of lauan plywood and all ten wood dowels. Wipe off excess stain with a clean rag. Make sure all side of the wood and dowels are stained. Drying times will vary. Check the stain container for drying times. Allow to dry completely before moving onto the next step


2. Place one 1” x 4” x 29” lumber at each end of your work surface. Lay one 1” x 4” x 92” lumber over the 29” lumber on each side to make a large rectangle out of the four pieces. Ensure the rectangle is properly aligned by placing a speed square in each corner to make sure you have 90° angles (See images below)

3. Using a screw gun with a Phillips head bit, secure the four pieces of lumber together by drilling (4) 1” wood screws into each corner of the frame (See images below)


4. Turn the frame over so the screws from Step 3 are underneath and hidden

5. Five wood dowels will be added along the length of the frame, spaced every 14”. Measure 14” along the long side of the frame starting flush with the short side and mark with a pencil (See image below)

6. Continue marking 14” increments down the long side of the wood for total of five marks. Measure and mark five corresponding 14” increments on the opposite long side

7. Put on safety glasses. Lay the first wooden dowel across the frame at the first 14” marks. Using a nail gun with 1½” 16-gauge brad nails, secure the dowel to the frame with three nails on each side (See image below)


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8. Repeat Step 7 for adding four more dowels to the frame (See image below)


9. Three pieces of lauan will be added to the frame. Starting at one end with the first piece of lauan, pass the lauan under the short end of the frame and over the first dowel. Continue weaving the lauan under and over the dowels until you reach the end (See images below)

10. For the second piece of lauan start under the short end of the frame and under the first dowel. Continue weaving the lauan under and over the dowels until you reach the end (See image below)

11. For the third piece of lauan, repeat Step 9

12. Once all three pieces of lauan are woven into the frame, turn the frame over. Make sure each piece of lauan is flush with the short edges of the frame

13. Secure each end of the lauan to the frame using a nail gun with ¾” 16-gauge brad nails. Since the lauan is woven, there is more resistance for it to lie flat against the frame. Add between 14 and 16 nails per each lauan end to ensure it is firmly secured in place (See images below)

14. The woven window shade is comprised of two panels. Repeat Steps 2 to 13 for building the second panel of the shade


15. Lay the two panels next to each other with the dowels facing downwards.

16. Position the three hinges between the two panels, placing one level with the center dowels, one level with the top dowels and one level with the bottom dowels.

Tip: To ensure the hinge is laying correctly for opening and closing the shade, press down on one side of the hinge while raising the other side. If you’re unable to raise the other side of the hinge, it’s upside down. Turn the hinge over and try again

17. Use a screw gun with a Phillips head bit to secure each hinge to the panels using the accompanying wood screws. Each hinge will need six screws (See images below)

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