easy DIY Window Valance

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Funny..

We’ve lived in our current home for 2 1/2 years.  It’s a rental apartment, it’s totally not fancy, or nice by any means, but I love living where we live, I love our neighbors…and I really like our apartment.  I feel like when you’re inside, it doesn’t feel so much like an apartment.  I’d like to think it’s “homey”.

But, in October, I was hanging up {these} pennant banners for Halloween, and I went to take the picture of the finished product to share here, and when I went to put the pictures on the computer, I thought: Shoot!  I can’t put those pictures up!  they’re just hanging up on bare windows with the blind hardware showing.

It’s funny because I’ve lived here for forever…and it’s never ever bothered me until now! ha

So, now some window treatments are high on my project list.

I thought I’d share with you an easy and cheap way to make a simple window valance.

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all you need for this window valance is a 2 x 4 that is cut to the width of your window, your chosen fabric, a lining fabric, 2 screws and a staple gun.

Sorry, I didn’t take pictures as I cut the fabric, but our small kitchen window is 34 1/2 inches wide.  We cut our 2 x 4 to be 35 1/2 inches.  (here’s a secret, we used scrap wood, and it wasn’t even a 2 x 4…it was like a 1 1/2 x 3 1/4, but it totally doesn’t matter!  almost anything would work!)

Length:  This was sort of guess-work, but I wanted my valance to to hang down about 16 inches.  So, when I cut my fabric, I cut it 16 inches + 2 inches (to go over the top of the piece of wood) + another 1 1/2 inches to overlap down on the back (and for the seam allowance)… so 16 +2+1.5=19.5″

Width:   The width I cut just big enough to go the length of the piece of wood (35 1/2″) plus the 2 inches on the sides…and then I also included a 1/4″ seam allowance on both sides….so 35.5 +2 + 1/2″=38″

After cutting your fabric, (one of both the valance fabric and the lining fabric) with Right-Sides-Together, sew them together, leaving the top edge raw. Then turn it right-side-out.

 

 

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Drill 2 holes in your piece of wood, equidistant from the edge to make it easier on yourself.

Also, hold the piece of wood up, make sure it is level, and mark where the holes are on the wall.  Drill a couple of pilot holes to prepare for when you are ready to hang.

Next, lay your piece of wood on top of the valance fabric, and make sure it’s centered, and that the fabric lays flat.

 

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like this:

 

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Next, fold the top of the valence over so that there is about a 1.5 inch of fabric hanging over the back of the piece of wood.  Using a staple gun, staple it in place along the top of the wood.

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When you get to the edges, wrap it around like you would wrap a present, like so:

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and staple that into place.  (like so:)

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Then staple that extra flap of fabric flat onto the back of the piece of wood.  Leave it like that for now.  Now you’re ready to hang the piece of wood on the wall.

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Easy-peasy, grab your drill, lift up the fabric and just put those screws through the piece of wood into the wall.

 

 

 

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To finish it off, I just used 2 pieces of stick-on velcro on either side of the piece of wood to adhere the extra flaps of fabric along the outer edges of the piece of wood…see?

 

 

 

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that’s it!  So easy…and it makes a world of difference!

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