When I decided I wanted to hide some of the uglies from my closet shelf (see this post for details) I also decided I wanted it to be free.
I don't subscribe to any newspaper so I had to ask my neighbor for some - she's used to me and my weird projects. :)
I measured how long I'd need it which means how many sheets of paper will have to be cut into strips. Then I measured how much I'd need hanging and how much I'd need above the shelf for attaching.
Then I cut it into strips:
Accordion folded it in a size I liked:
And freehand cut a rounded edge:
I was originally going to leave it just as the plain newsprint but decided to paint it black. I mixed my paint with a little water to both make it easier to spread and to give a little transparency, adding a faux aged look to it.
I attached it to the top of the shelf with little photo sticker squares and voila!
Quickly and easily made with no cost - my favorite kind of project!