Because this post has become so popular, I’ve since updated it by showing how to hang the valance with no damage, and no holes to be renter friendly. Check it out here. I’ve also added a FAQ post that answers the burning questions sent to me by readers that can be found here.
There’s just something about a well dressed window that makes a room feel complete to me. It’s like a nice statement piece of jewelry…it adds a pop of excitement and “look at me” attitude. I have had a couple of windows in my house that were giving me a bit of a decorator’s headache by just having plain ol’ wood blinds with none of the pizzazz of curtains or dressings of any kind. The weekend seemed like the perfect time to take matters into my own hands and tackle that project. And I just wish that I had known how incredibly fast, cheap and easy it was, because I would have done it so much sooner. I spent $10 and 10 minutes to make my own DIY window valances and here’s how:
Pick up a package of panel foam like this:
I bought a package of this stuff at Lowes for $9 . It’s already fairly inexpensive, but you can do multiple windows with this package. I have done four in my home and still have a full sheet and a half left! Measure your window from the outside casing to the opposite casing. This will be the length that you will need to cut your foam to, and you’ll need this measurement to help you determine how much fabric you will need.
You’ll need some great fabric (make sure that you get your fabric cut so that is long enough to cover the entire foam board, plus about 8 inches). And lastly, you’ll need some straight pins and some finish nails.
To get started, cut your foam to the desired length (outside casing to outside casing) using a serrated knife. Now cut two pieces that are 3 inches wide to serve as the sides of your valance. Once cut, attach them to your long piece of foam by using a few finish nails per side and just pushing in with your hand.
Now it’s time to cover the valance with your fabric. *Note: because the foam has small gray specks in it, make sure to either use a colorful or thicker fabric, or to put a white layer underneath. You don’t want to have a pretty white fabric with gray polka dots peeking through at you.* I choose to do this with straight pins for two reasons. 1, I am a lazy crafter at times and it is super quick and easy to use the pins and 2, you can change out the fabric anytime that you like without damaging your foam valance. Start in the middle and pull the fabric taut, inserting your pin at an angle to prevent it from poking through your fabric in the front. Next, pull the opposite side nice and tight in the middle and pin again. Working back and forth from one side to the other will help keep your fabric straight. Pin about every 2 inches or so.
Continue pulling tight and pinning along the entire length and sides of the valance, leaving the corners for last. The corners are a bit tricky, and you may end up just folding the fabric until you can get it to lie flat. Remember, it doesn’t matter terribly what the inside looks like as no one will be seeing it. Use as many pins as you need.
Easy enough, right? Now we are ready to hang the valance on the window. I used two finish nails and hammered at an angle directly into my window casing. If I ever decided to remove the valance it would only leave very small holes.
And now my room feels much more finished and complete. I also did this in my daughter’s room, where the angle of the ceiling made it impossible to hang a curtain rod. I can’t decide if it is the look or the ease of the project that I love most…
Linked at Savvy Southern Style, Ginger Snap Crafts, DIY by Design, Everyday Home, Seasoned Homemaker, Crafty Allie, Practically Functional, My Repurposed Life, Design Dining and Diapers and The Turquoise Home