So, I already told y’all we did these valences in the nursery, I just hadn’t gotten around to writing up the post about how to make these ridiculously easy valances! Seriously, these are so easy and cheap you’re gonna wanna make them for all of your bare naked windows. My mom originally found the idea on Pinterest, and I looked one up when we started and came across this great tutorial from my real life friend, Diane, over at In My Own Style! (I hung out with her in Martha’s office this summer, true!) We ended up doing ours a little differently, like no batting and we stapled instead of pinned, but it’s always handy to see how others do similar projects!
Here’s what you need:
- Sharp kitchen knife
- One board of 1in. insulation (It typically comes in 4×8 sheets and costs about $15 a board.)
- Staple gun
- Yard stick
- Gorilla tape
Any brand of insulation will work, this is what I used:
So, first measure exactly how big you want your valance. We decided to make ours about 3 inch wider than the molding on both sides and it’s 19 inches long. You will end up with 4 pieces of insulation per valance.
You can easily cut the pieces to be any size you need. Just be mindful that it’s like putting together a puzzle! Make sure and think about how the pieces are being put together. And since the insulation is an inch think, you need to keep that measurement in mind when making the 3 side pieces. Here’s my mold…
After you get the pieces cut out, use Gorilla tape liberally and tape those suckers together. I just propped the frame on the molding to test it out… fancy, huh?!
We used black felt to cover the insulation frames. We literally just eyeballed and cut out a piece that would wrap around the entire frame and then stapled.
We cut off the extra felt with fabric scissors and voila!
Here’s a felted valnace modeling on the window… pretty fun! I like the yellow shade in there too, stole that from the living room! I don’t think it gets to live there for real.
Mom and I fought about what trim should go on the valances. I wanted pom pom’s and she wanted ric rac. I won. hehe. We just pinned on hte pom pom’s with straight pins… easy! That way if I ever get tired of it, just un pin and try again!
And here is a little before and after action. The valances make a huge impact for just a little bacon!
Oh, and we literally just hung these up with 3 inch long nails. They are so light, they really just need a place to rest! Now, I can’t say these valances are too functional as far as blocking light, but they do look pretty dang cute! I love how it really allows the mobile to stand out! Andy built the book ledge shelves too, here’s the tutorial for those!
And here’s a good ol’ before and after:
Makes a big difference, huh? Have you ever made valances? They are SEW much easier than sewing curtains, ha!