How To Make Rice Paper Window Shades Rice paper shades are popular due to the unique lighting effect they provide. They offer privacy while allowing diffused light to enter the room. Rice paper shades are organic and functional. Although the paper looks delicate it is quite strong and can be used for years together. Rice paper shades can also be made at home. The construction of rice paper shades is a popular project with do-it-yourself enthusiasts. For this you will require a piece of rice paper which is enough to cover your window. A simple window shade using rice paper can be made by cutting the paper to right dimensions, stringing the paper on a wire and attaching it to the window frame. This kind of a window covering will let in light but block out views. Lovely rice paper varieties that have glitter leaves and decorative threads pressed into the paper impart an ethereal look to your window. Light passing through rice paper window shades with enmeshed designs gives your windows an elegant and classy look. If you plan to use pleats, give enough allowance for pleat width and numbers. In case the rice paper is not wide enough for your window, strips of contrasting paper can be used to fill in the width. Decorative cording is also needed for operating this kind of a shade. In addition, implements and accessories like dowels, grommets, hammers, glue, S-hooks and eyehooks are also required. Roller shade hardware is also necessary for operation of the shade. Once the required width and length of the shade is ready, pleats if any should be folded into place. Then grommet holes for running the cord should be punched in at regular intervals. The cord should then be run through the holes with knots at the bottom of each hole to keep the slat or pleat in place. The top and bottom of the shade can be secured with the help of dowels. The top dowel should be secured to the window frame. Your rice paper shade is ready for use. Window Shades provides detailed information on Window Shades, Car Window Shades, Window Roller Shades, Insulated Window Shades and more. Window Shades is affiliated with Custom Window Shutters.