Cornice/Pelmet Board: Easy DIY

Ever since we removed the glass shower doors in our upstairs bathroom (and replaced them with curtains) it…well…needed something. It just didn’t look finished. And the not-ugly but not-pretty curtain rod hanging out really needed to be concealed.

Enter: Cornice Board. A DIY cornice board, to boot. {score!}

Check out the before & after:

Pretty fabulous change, eh? I think so. (I can’t believe I ever lived with the “before.” Sheesh.)

The really good news is that this is a SUPER easy DIY. It’s made out of foam board, y’all. Yes, foam board. Plus, if your fabric isn’t pricey, this is a very pocketbook-friendly project, too.

Now, if you’re a recovering perfectionist like me (recovering? yeah… right) this project will take some time. That said, the transformation is definitely worth the effort.


1. Cut foam board equal to height and width of desired cornice. (My cornice needed to be very wide, so I had to use two separate pieces to achieve the desired width.)

2. If using two pieces, duck tape them together at the seam. (I added a touch of Aleene’s glue to all seams prior to taping.)

3. Cut and tape on side pieces. (The side pieces should be the same height as the front of the board; their width should be such that, when taped to the front pieces, the desired depth of the overall board is achieved.)

4. An inside angle of the attached side pieces.

5. This picture is slightly out of order (sorry!) but it shows how I first pinned the side pieces to the front piece in order to hold them steady while I taped them down.

6. Using Adhesive Spray, cover the board with two layers of batting.

7. I wrapped the first layer of batting around all the edges. To avoid bulk, however, I cut the second layer off at the edge (instead of wrapping it around).

8. Use a piece of fabric large enough to cover the entire board plus wrap around the batting on all sides.

9. Using a staple gun, wrap the board with the fabric.

10. Pay close attention to the corners, wrapping them in a tight, tidy fashion.

11. Another image showing how I wrapped and stapled.

12. Attach hanging hardware of choice. (Because these boards are super lightweight, you can use just about anything. I chose simple d-ring triangle strap picture hangers on nails, like these.)

Then, simply, hang and admire!

So, what do you think? Entirely do-able, right?

I’m very happy…until I decide to change the bathroom color scheme, that is.


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  1. says

    Great job! Sure makes a difference. :) Love that you used foam board & duct tape.

    I’m currently renovating a 100-year-old farmhouse. You’ve inspired me to make cornice boards for the windows. They’ll be perfect because they won’t hide the gorgeous woodwork.

    Visiting from Not Just a Housewife. Following you now. :)

  2. Kim says

    I tried this but the staples don’t catch to anything and push away from the foamboard. I’m going to try some fabric glue on the back.

    let me know if you had this issue or a good solution.



    • says

      Hmmm…isn’t that the pits when something doesn’t work the way we want it to?!? I did not have this problem, though I used a combination of staples and glue because I ran out of staples. Glue will work great, too — just make sure it is an adhesive that works with different types of materials (not just fabric). I’ve adhered fabric to foam core many (many, many) times with Aleene’s and have never had any issues. Good luck and thanks for sharing!

      • Lenore says

        looks great but…. ” And the not-ugly but not-pretty curtain rod hanging out really needed to be concealed.”…. it’s still not concealed ! :-)

        • says

          Hi — thanks for visiting! My goal was to conceal the curtain rod that holds the long tan curtains — not the white shower curtain rod. :-) I have seen some cornice boards that conceal both and they look good, too, but my set-up wasn’t really conducive for that style!

  3. Rosemary says

    Hi! Love, love, love this project! I was just about to buy wood to make cornices for my bedroom but this is so much better and easier! I was wondering if you could tell me the size (1/2″, 1″) of the foam board and can I buy Arlene’s glue at Michael’s? Thank you so much.

    • Rosemary says

      Hi again and thanks so much for responding. I can’t wait to have some time to spend here! Yes, I was asking about the thickness. I’ll stop in Michael’s this weekend and take a look around. Can’t wait to make the cornices! Thanks again and I’ll be back!

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