I thoroughly enjoy finding new uses for things that would normally end up in the trash. This window valance used to be on the windows in my studioffice. I made it using the cardboard from a large appliance box.
Re-cycle, Re-Use, Re-Purpose = Re-Decorate is my house.
When I think of all the decorating projects I have made for my home, this is by far… the thriftiest. I no longer have it hanging since the room got a makeover. You can see that, here.
This window treatment is inexpensive to make because it only requires the purchase of a 1-2 yards of fabric and quilt batting. 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, then covered with batting and fabric. It simply stapled onto each side of the window molding. This 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. It is no longer in print, but I like to post a project from here on my blog once in awhile. 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.
To see another way to make a similar valance using Styrofoam, check out this post: How to Make a Window Valance Using Styrofoam