I have been remodeling my office the last few weeks and one challenge I had was the 12 foot wall of windows; they are small windows so covering them in lots of curtains would have been over powering, but leaving them open was just to plain, too. I had to come up with a simple, price effective yet cute/ elegant way to dress up these windows.
This is what I came up with; a window valance that will go across the entire wall. What do you think? Like…?? It was super simple to make and only a few $$; of course it is cheaper if you are only creating a valance for one smaller window. I actually have the same concept in my Kitchen… check it out.
Aren’t they cute? I love that I can change the fabric anytime I change décor without purchasing an entire new valance or curtain. Just a piece of fabric and I’m updated.
This is how to make the #DIY Window Valance.
- Fabric of your choice and size of window Valance (under a yard, that’s for sure)
- Quilt Batting or some kind of filling
- Ball Point pins (I like the ones with a bigger top, to make sure they won’t come through, Walmart sells a box for like $2 and there are 200 in the box)
- Panel Foam width of window, can be easily cut down or enlarged; I bought a pack of 6 panels at Lowes for under $6; you can purchase the single sheets at Hobby Lobby, but may run you a bit more if you need more then one sheet
- Velcro strips – industrial I bought them at Walmart, but you can get them at Hobby Lobby or Craft store around you, too.
- Liquid nail
- duck tape
If your Foam Panel is smaller then your window, duck tape two pieces together to fit; I also added some liquid nail on the edge and then duck tape to hold it together. My Valance ended up to be 12 foot, I wanted it to be somewhat “sturdy”.
Step 2: once you have the right length for your window, add some liquid nail to the top of the foam, that will hold the batting in place – NOT a must… I just had such a large piece I felt better that way….lol…
Step 3: Warp the batting around the foam; one piece around the front is just fine and pin it to the back with lots of push pins; they will hold all the batting in place. You can wrap the entire foam, but no need, just the front is fine.
Step 4: Repeat the wrapping with the fabric; again, no need to wrap the entire thing; just the front and wrap around the edge, pull it kind of tight o it’s not flapping around and secure it with lots of push pins. Voila ….. Your Valance is done!! No need to be super neat or exact to the pattern and straight lines, it will give it more dimension if one side is a bit fluffier then the other; mine sure isn’t 100% straight
How to hang the Valance to the window, wall or
I wanted mine to be sturdy, so I had my husband attach 2 2×4’s to the wall. I wanted to hang my curtains behind there as well as add lighting and I will never remove the 2×4’s just will change the fabric of the Valance throughout the years. So for me this worked, may not work for everyone. But this is how we put it up.
I attached industrial strength Velcro, you can buy that at Walmart in the paint section or Craft section to the wood; I actually used a little liquid nail to bond the wood and the Velcro. I know it had a strong adhesive, but I did not want to take a chance of all falling off a few weeks from now.
I also attached the other Velcro piece to the back of my Valance with a little Liquid nail and lots of push pins……on the very top of course. Voila… Velcro will work wonders and up to the wall my Valance went.
See how simple that was? Now if you have no choice in adding a 2×4 to a wall or a cabinet like we did in the kitchen (we took two small 2×4’s and attached it to the left and right side of the cabinet wall in-between the window, again used Velcro to attach the valance, see the Kitchen pic above)
You can use L-brackets from the hardware store and in that case you would create two sides and a top to your valance. They are not expensive at all, look in the hardware section, they are usually in a pack of 2 or 4 I think and come in different sizes like 1 inch, 2 inch etc.
All you do is after Step 1 above; cut a smaller strip for each side and for the top of the foam; attach it with a little bit of glue (I used Liquid nail) and push pins and let it dry for a bit; then the remaining steps take place. Attach 2-3 L-brackets to the Window/Wall and just sit your Valance on top .. Voila… Done.
Now you know how easy and affordable it can be to make your very own Valance; what room do you have in mind for your Valance?
Be sure to come back in the next few days to see the rest of my Office Makeover #DIY style like: