I thoroughly enjoy finding new uses for things that would normally end up in the trash. The window valance on my studioffice window in the above photo is made from cardboard from a large appliance box.
Re-cycle, Re-Use, Re-Purpose = Re-Decorate is my favorite equation.
When I think of all the decorating projects I have made for my home, this is by far –
This window treatment is not only inexpensive because it only requires the purchase of a 1-2 yards of fabric and quilt batting, but it is so easy to make and install, gathering the supplies will probably take longer.
The cardboard is cut to the desired width and scored and folded and covered with batting and fabric. It then is simply stapled onto each side of the window molding.In my studioffice the valance is 8” high.
I added decorative brass tacks to attach the valance instead of staples and used a quilted fabric that adds texture to the monochromatic color scheme of the room.
This photo is from my book, Instant Decorating. The valance is 15” high. I covered the cardboard in fire-engine-red corduroy. To hide the staples when the valance was mounted, I painted the top of a row of staples red and let them dry, before loading them into the staple gun.
I have attached a pdf. with full instructions for you to download.
Just click on the link below.