How to Make Templates for Cornice Boards

Cornice boards are often used to frame or finish a window, providing decoration as well covering window hardware. The design of cornices can be simple or complex depending on the home owner’s preference. Before cutting and covering cornices, create a template to avoid wasting materials. With a little imagination and the proper materials, you can easily sketch and create your own template for cornice boards.

Step 1

Determine the style and shape of your cornice boards. Search magazines or the Internet to gather ideas.

Step 2

Measure the length of the window using a steel tape measure to determine the length of the cornice.

Step 3

Measure the depth of the outside window casing using the steel tape measure.

Step 4

Determine the depth needed for the cornice. If the cornice will not cover draperies, add 4 inches to the outside casing measurement obtained from Step 3. If the cornice will cover draperies, add 10 inches to the outside casing measurement.

Step 5

Roll out the butcher’s paper on a flat surface. Use the steel tape measure and a pencil to mark the length onto the butcher’s paper needed for the cornice board.

Step 6

Sketch out the design with a pencil onto the butcher’s paper for the cornice. Include the depth measurement when sketching your template.

Step 7

Cut out the template with scissors.


  • It may be necessary to make several sketches to perfect your template.

About the Author

Jeannine Lowe is a business technology teacher at McKenzie High School in Tennessee. She has been writing on business and marketing topics since 2007. Lowe obtained her Master of Science in education through Walden University, specializing in integrating technology into the classroom.