Today I am going to share my newest project with you: Easy Affordable DIY Kitchen Window Valances
Okay, here’s the thing. We remodeled our kitchen about 2 ½ years ago. When I looked at window coverings, I was shocked! I could not believe how much money it was going to take to get something for the kitchen windows. It was going to cost anywhere from $170.00 per window and up. After spending so much money on the remodel project, I put this project on hold. And that’s where it’s been ever since. We had put up nice wood work that I was hesitant to cover any way, so I thought, why rush into anything, right?
Well, I finally decided that the only way anything was going to get done with our kitchen windows was to do it myself since I wasn’t going to spend that kind of money on it.
What You Need To Make Your Affordable DIY Kitchen Window Valances
Fabric (The length of your fabric needs to be about 1.5 times the width of your window. The width should be at least 30-inches for the 15-inch valance or at least 40-inches for the 20-inch valance.
Ribbon (you will need about 1 yard of ribbon for each bow.)
Measuring Tape or Yard Stick
Sewing Machine (unless you decide to use fabric glue)
When deciding what kind of valances to make, I found an affordable curtain rod set , and then the fabric. When shopping in the burlap section I was having trouble deciding between two shades; Natural Jute with Gold Lurex and White Jute with Gold Lurex. Instead of settling with one color, I found a matching Ribbon for each color of burlap and made a valance out of each color. The how-to that follows shows both colors. This is where I need your help. I would like to see which valance you like better. I used what I learned from the first Valance and changed the second valance a little.
The White Jute with gold Lurex Valance is only 15” wide and has Brown/Glitter ribbon bows. The Natural Jute with gold Lurex valance is 20-inches wide with Cream Burlap and Gold Wired Edge Ribbon bows. The white valance with brown bows is slightly shorter than the natural burlap with the gold edge wired bows.
How to Make Easy Affordable DIY Kitchen Window Valances:
Step 1: Wash the burlap on the delicate cycle. Then dry on the delicate cycle also. Remove from the dryer while damp to aid in the ironing of the burlap. It will come out very wrinkled. Warning: I had to vacuum out the washing machine and dryer to remove the lint from this process.
Step 2: Iron the entire piece of burlap so that you can trim off the excess depending on which length of valance you like better, the white or the brown.
Step 3: Trim off the amount of burlap you need to make your valance the desired width. The finished white valance was about 15 inches wide, so I needed about 31 inches to fold in half to make the valance. The finished brown valance was about 20 inches wide, so I needed about 41 inches to fold over to make that valance.
Step 4: Fold the valance in half and iron under the unfinished edges making sure the finished side of the fabric is out. Hold in place with pins.
Step 5: Sew the now finished edge to secure it and make sure it does not ravel. You can use fabric glue for this part if you don’t sew. I am not familiar with fabric glue, so I chose to sew mine. I wanted to be able to wash the curtain later and did not know if the fabric glue would hold up to washing and drying later.
Step 6: Now you are ready for the bows! Cut 1 yard of ribbon for each bow you will be tying for your window. I used 90 inches of cloth for a 60-inch window and put five bows on mine. I started by gathering the cloth in the middle of my valance and tying that bow first. Then I found the middle of one side and then the other to tie the next two bows. The last two were on the ends.
Step 7: Hang your valance using rings with clips on them. I clipped one behind each bow and another in the middle between each bow.
You are done! You have made a curtain for the price of the cloth and ribbon. Getting both the burlap and the ribbon on sale I was able to assemble two charming and affordable DIY kitchen window valances without spending a fortune. Each valance was made for less than $20.00 for the burlap and the ribbon.
So, please, if you will, let me know which valance you like better in my kitchen; the white with the brown bows, or the brown with the white bows. Oh, and if you decide to make one for your house, please share your results with me so that I can learn from you.
By the way, in about 45 days I am getting ready to relocate in another state. Stay tuned for more DIY decorating ideas that result from that move.
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