Homemade Sun Shades

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Many people use sun shades during summer to prevent the sun from entering car windows. This can be to protect babies and children from the sun's rays, or to prevent the sun from damaging the car's interior. Sunshades are often sold in car accessory shops, but these can be expensive and limited in size and shape. By making your own sun shades, you can ensure they fit your car and your needs perfectly.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • A3 paper
  • Large cardboard
  • Marker
  • Utility knife
  • Ruler
  • Paint

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  1. 1

    Hold a piece of A3 paper against the window you wish to cover. If you are covering the windshield, you may need to tape together more than one piece of paper.

  2. 2

    Trace the outside of the window onto the paper.

  3. 3

    Remove the paper from the window and cut around the window shape.

  4. 4

    Position the paper cut-out onto the piece of card, as close to the left side as possible.

  5. 5

    Draw around the left side of the cut-out. Slide the cut-out six inches to the right and finish drawing around it. This will make the cardboard big enough to cover the window when folded.

  6. 6

    Cut out the cardboard shape with a knife.

  7. 7

    Measure the width of your car's rear view mirror.

  8. 8

    Mark a square the width of the mirror and about three inches high at the top of the cut out. Cut this out with the knife.

  9. 9

    Fit the sunshade into the window to check its fit. Trim off any unneeded cardboard.

  10. 10

    Remove the cut-out from the window and measure 4-inch segments across the cardboard. Mark these with a pen.

  11. 11

    Fold the cardboard at the marks. Fold forward and backward in an accordion style.

  12. 12

    Paint the sunshade or decorate as desired.

Tips and warnings

  • If you don't want an accordion style sunscreen, leave the cardboard in place after cutting out the rear view mirror.

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