The cost of curtains and valances can be very expensive these days. Thrift stores, white sales, flea markets, and remnant bins are perfect places to find inexpensive window treatments that don't require any sewing.
Here are some fun and easy ideas to make your own window valances:
- Why not hang different colored napkin rings on a tension rod, position the rod in the middle of the window, and loop pretty patterned napkins through the rings. This is a perfect solution for a bathroom or kitchen window that needs a filtered view.
- Want to make a bold statement of your personality? Mount a bamboo pole or a tree branch above your window, perched on nails with big heads. Drape a decorative tablecloth or baby blanket over your unusual rod, and cover up the nail heads by hot gluing seashells, pine cones, or large funky buttons onto the nail heads.
- Installing a cafe curtain rod above your window and clipping a lace table runner onto the cafe rings so that it droops lightly and gently is a beautiful and cost effective window treatment.
- Grab your handy dandy glue gun and hang a rod above your window and cut fabric squares with pinking shears. Hot glue a bandanna or your cut fabric squares onto the rod so they form triangles across the length of the rod. You will create a zigzag effect at the bottom edges of the fabric.
- Hang a wooden cafe rod above your window, making sure the finials extend beyond the left and right window edges. Attach pillow shams over the rod at an angle, creating triangles. Knot lengths of 1-2 inch wide satin ribbon close together onto the rod, cutting the exposed ends at angles or into inverted v's.
- Here's a neat idea for those coffee cup hooks you might not use anymore. For a double window, take 3 yards of fabric and 4 gold cup hooks and space 3 of the hooks evenly along the top of your window. Tie the fabric into loose knots and fluff the fabric in the middle. You will effectively hide the hooks and you can hang a decorative accent on the fourth hook to hide it.
- Scarves can be multi functional. Hang a pretty scarf over a window by using drawer pulls. Place a large decorative drawer pull in the center of your window, and two smaller matching ones on each outer edge. Tuck your scarf around the left drawer pull, run it through the large one in the center of your window, and tuck it around the right pull.
- Drape ready made linens, such as bandannas, napkins, pillow shams, kitchen towels, tablecloths, or pillow cases over the rod at an angle. Use hot glue, double sided tape or tacks to keep the fabric on the rod.
Look around your house to see what fabric you have. Be creative and you will have a one of a kind window treatment
that will have your guests envious and asking you how you made it. Just tell them you found it on DIY Life. You're welcome.