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How to Make Templates for Cornice Boards

Jeannine Lowe

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.