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The Eric Carle Museum
of Picture Book Art
  • 125 West Bay Road
  • Amherst, MA 01002


  • Thursday, Friday10 am-3 pm
  • Saturday 10am – 4 pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 4 pm

Closed Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday

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Winter Window Shade

If you are looking for something pretty to hang in a window at home or in your classroom this winter, check out the easy instructions below on how we made these snowflake-inspired shades.

We are so fortunate here in The Art Studio to not only have a full wall of floor-to-ceiling windows that let in a lot of  light, but we also have a beautiful view of the apple orchard on The Carle’s grounds.  Starting in late November and early December, on particularly sunny days, Studio staff and guests start “feelin’ the burn” from the hot sun pouring through our southern-facing windows.  To help shade the light but not sacrifice the view, we’ve created various shades to hang in the windows (Our Ribbon ShadePlastic Cap Screen, and our ever-popular Rainbow Window Shades just to name a few!).

Winter Window Shade Tutorial // The Eric Carle Museum Art Studio Blog

First, using scissors, an x-acto knife and hole punches, create designs by folding up pieces of 8.5″ x 11″ copy paper or drawing paper.

Winter Window Shade Tutorial // The Eric Carle Museum Art Studio Blog

Next, pair your finished design with a sheet of tracing paper the same size. The frosty finish of the tracing paper will help diffuse the sunlight. You can buy tracing paper in sheets or on a roll at an art supply store.

Winter Window Shade Tutorial // The Eric Carle Museum Art Studio Blog

Sandwich the tracing paper and your cut paper design in a simple 3-hole binder sleeve from the office supply store.

With either a 3-hole or single hole punch, make 3 holes along the bottom of the sleeve to line up with the 3 lines at the top of the sleeve.  You don’t need to punch holes if it will be at the bottom of the shade.

Winter Window Shade Tutorial // The Eric Carle Museum Art Studio Blog

Connect your sleeves together to make vertical panels using 1″ or 3/4″ book binder rings, also available at office supply stores.

Winter Window Shade Tutorial // The Eric Carle Museum Art Studio Blog

String the sheets onto a standard tension curtain rod that fits the width of your window.  We make our shades 4 sheets long, but feel free to make yours as long as you wish.

I hope this gives you a little winter inspiration for your sunny space!



We enjoy exploring materials and ideas in the Art Studio, and we’re excited to share our process with you! Please consider the following factors when adapting these posts for your learning environment: 

We facilitate a variety of programs within the Art Studio for a wide range of age groups. Please carefully consider the age appropriateness of each individual activity in your own learning environment.

Our projects are always done with adult supervision and proper safety precautions. Be sure all of your projects are overseen by adults who likewise follow proper safety precautions. The adults overseeing your project must also be responsible for handling or assisting with any potentially harmful equipment or materials. 

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is not responsible for any damages, injuries or liabilities that result from any activities contained within this website, and we expressly disclaim any responsibility or liability therefor. From time to time, we reference materials that we have found to be particularly important in our projects. We do not receive any monetary compensation for recommending materials. 



by Diana MacKenzie

This entry was posted on Monday, January 6th, 2014 at 12:28 pm and is filed under Displays & Window Shades, Light, Nature, Paper. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

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