Porch privacy shades

I am looking for a way to make privacy shades for a porch to keep sunlight to a minimum or cold winds down that are inexpensive or are made from recycled articles.
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  • Bsq1746019 Bsq1746019 on Jul 31, 2016
    I used painters drop cloths and painted them. Worked well for me
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jul 31, 2016
  • Louise Fletcher Crouse Louise Fletcher Crouse on Jul 31, 2016
    I used rods and plastic shower curtains, that could be pulled open or closed depending on my needs. They also protected us from the rains.
  • Desertcat lady Desertcat lady on Jul 31, 2016
    You can go to good will get cotton shower curtains. Has a place for the hooks all ready. I usually get them for $3-00 you can get stripe solid. Mix colors. So for less then $15. You can do it. Or you can by twin sheets. Have fun. Judy Kephart Phoenix az
    • 861650 861650 on Feb 05, 2017
      I bought a white, cotton shower curtain last year (it had a few brownish/black bare trees on it.) Gave me shade but the heat from the sun was unbearable. I also thought of sheets but again, I'm concerned about the heat. However, I love, love your idea.
  • Victoria Victoria on Jul 31, 2016
    Painters drop cloths come in various thicknesses and a heavy duty one is very inexpensive. I made mine into to n an shades and put them up with tension rods on our screened in porch. Worked very well
    • 861650 861650 on Feb 05, 2017
      Do they come in colors, VIctoria? I'll google them this afternoon and check them out. Plus, I already have a tension rod ready to go.
  • Sharon Sharon on Jul 31, 2016
    I bought latticework display panels from a store going out of business. Hung them in front of the windows of a west-facing porch. Just enough light coming through as well as the air. Purchased ones fit perfectly, but they can be made fairly easily. Love how it looks as well!
  • 861650 861650 on Feb 05, 2017
    I saw something like that last night while racking my brain on what to do and I so loved the look but it will not help with the sun. The way the house is built I get sun from the front and side. There was a large tree but it was cut down last summer and that's when the problem began. The tree limbs covered the entire house and more. Thanks Sharon!
  • Victoria Victoria on Feb 05, 2017
    I purchased mine from Home Depot and they are 8 oz. weight. There was only one color available when I bought them, a natural wheat color. I also needed a bedskirt for a very tall poster bed, and used the drop cloth again, panels sewn onto a fitted sheet on the box spring. Really looks great!