Okay Y’all I’m really excited to share with you my DIY window treatment from last weekend. This little project had been something I was dreaming up and scheming up for a couple weeks. I am so happy with how it turned out and decided it was share-worthy!
At the end of this tutorial you will be able to recreate this valance for any window in your home or apartment. Yes you can put it in your apartment too! How? Because it only takes 2 screw into the wall…the same as a curtain rod! The best part is, you can design it to match your style by customizing the fabric or use my grain sack theme. Even more-I’ve designed it to be interchangeable with other fabrics, so you can give your window a face-lift whenever you get bored/seasonally!!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 3/4-inch thick wood board cut into 3 pieces: one 2 inches wider than your frame + two 4-inches
- medium-thick wood dowel cut to fit your frame
- fabric to fit your window (my window was 1-yard wide so I used 1 square yard of fabric)
- Stitch Witchery tape
- iron+ironing board & old towel/rag
- Velcro spool
- hot glue+gun
- chalk paint
- craft paint
- painter’s tape
- hemp twine
- wood screws+screwdriver
- 2 medium-size L-brackets
- wood glue
To begin, I created my valence frame by chalk painting the pieces and then gluing the 4-inch pieces to the sides of the longer piece like this:
Now put the frame aside and grab your fabric, Stitch Witchery tape, iron, and old rag. You’re now going to hem the sides of your valance to create a seamless look. Fold the edges of your fabric in over a full length of the tape, leaving enough width to meet the edges of your frame, and press the iron over it using the rag as a barrier. After you’ve done both sides, allow a few minutes for the hems to cool and set. For further information on this process see the Stitch Witchery instructions.
This next step is voluntary. Spread your fabric out and grab your paints. This is where I created the grain sack stripes by taping lines (2 thin and 1 thick) down the center of the fabric.
Now it’s time to finish up the fabric by running Velcro across the top edge and rolling the dowel up from the bottom (securing with hot glue):
Go back to your wood frame and attach the L-brackets along the under-side of the frame with wood screws. This is also a good time to run the rest of the Velcro along the top-side:
It’s time for it to all come together! Secure the wood frame above your window frame using wood screws (**I should have attached mine a bit lower but you get the idea**). Attach the fabric valance at the top with the Velcro. Roll the fabric up the rest of the way to where you want it and using the twine tie in place. I just ran the twine behind the wood frame from the sides until they met the L-brackets as seen in the photos.
There you have it! Don’t forget that it’s interchangeable (thank you Velcro!), so grab some more fabric and don’t be afraid to switch things up from time-to-time. If you have any questions/comments just let me know. Also, I would love to see pictures of your beautiful recreations!
Until next time,