Search Pinterest and you’ll find a ton of easy DIY valances. I read through several before heading to the store and making my own. I didn’t use a specific one, but they are all pretty much the same. This isn’t a new idea – just an affirmation that the project really is EASY and it really is CHEAP and it really looks GREAT!
You can find foam panels in the insulation aisle at your home improvement store. Mine had 6 panels in the package and I cut up two for my two valances. The whole pack was less than $10. Here’s another shot for size reference… I didn’t take a pic before opening it.
1. Measure your window and then cut a piece of foam that is about 4 inches longer than that. Set aside. Now cut an additional 2 strips that are around 3 inches wide (these will be the sides of your valance.).
2. Use finishing nails to attach the 3 pieces together (the two shorter side pieces attach to the ends of the long piece). Just push the nails thru with your fingers, no need t hammer or anything.
3. Measure enough material to cover your valance & cut. Cover with the material, tacking it into place using pins.
4. Attach to the wall using a of couple finishing nails nailed in at an angle at the top of the valance. (Some of the tutorials mentioned using picture hangers, that would work too but I just tacked mine up with small nails. It’s so light that was the easiest way.)
And a few additional pics…
I actually made two small valances for our breakfast area…
Seriously, if you are looking for an easy window cover that looks great, this is a win. And it’s so inexpensive that you can easily change it out if you get tired of it!
This definitely goes in the Pinterest WIN column.