Sunday, 14 June 2015

DIY Shade: Black Out Beaver

"Black Out Beaver"? It made you nervous, didn't it? Ha!

Okay, don't fret... it is all innocent.

Millie's nursery is fantastically light filled. I love that I rarely have to turn on the light in there.
Having said that, we are going to be moving Millie into her room, and out of ours. With summer days lasting much longer, the amount of light filling that room becomes a problem.

Solution - Blackout panel.
I decided to make a super easy black-out panel using items I already had:
An old airline blanket and canvas.

I cut them both to the size of the window, and stitched them together.

Then, using velcro that has adhesive on the back, I stuck it up.
Again, easy.

I got silly for a minute, and sketched a little beaver on the bottom of the panel.
Silly, mostly because you will never see it as it will only be down when we want it to be dark.

In order to let the light in, I just folded the panel into triangles twice and pinned it.
It helps finish the room and actually, ends up looking quite graphic.

Not bad for a last-minute, spur-of-the-moment DIY project!


  1. Ah Pat, this is fantastic! I was a bit hesitant when I first saw what you were using, but boy, was I wrong. I do love a good project that reuses things from our own ammunition.

    That beaver though - I nearly spit out my drink when I saw your title and was all like, "how exactly is a beaver involved in this", but then I saw your sketch and my little mind was BLOWN. It looks so perfect next to your stag piece. Well paired, Pat. And the geometric fold. Yes.

    1. LOL. Ya, that stag. I really need to finish it. I have a bad habit of sketching things and then leaving it. It stands out like a sore thumb. Wait what does that even mean? Sore thumb?

    2. I literally don't even know. Maybe if you should be so unlucky to have broken your thumb, when it's bandaged up, it sticks out? Like a sore thumb?


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