Have you been thinking of sprucing up your window treatments and not sure exactly what you want to do? Would you like to make your windows look taller and wider? Then I have the perfect DIY project for you!
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FAUX BURLAP WINDOW VALANCE
ENHANCE YOUR WINDOWS
So here’s how to make your windows seem much taller and wider than they are, which in turn will make your room visually seem bigger itself. First step, buy curtains that have the length to be hung from almost the ceiling height in your space. I absolutely love these curtains from Amazon. I bought them for our own home, then decided they were perfect for our Modern Farmhouse Airbnb. The quality is top notch and they hang so beautifully. You can find these exact ones (and they come in different colors) either by clicking this curtain link, or they are on my SHOP page. You can also find the curtain rods I used as well. For those of you who know me, or have been following me, you know I am the QUEEN of bargain hunting! For your curtain rods, measure your window width and add another 16″ on either side to get the right size when buying. This will make your panels hang on either side of your actual window opening and give your window a much wider appearance. If you want your curtains to actually close for privacy, then be sure to take into account the panel widths, so when closed it will reach the middle of the window. After you get your curtains hung, then you can start the DIY part!
DIY Faux Burlap Window Valance
Here’s the check list of items that are needed to make the Faux Burlap Valance:
- burlap in your choice ( below find out how to figure how much to buy)
- 1×3 pine board (cut to your window width plus 8″)
- iron on hem tape (find at JoAnn’s or Hobby Lobby)
- heavy duty staple gun (or hot glue, but staples work best)
- screw gun & screws (to mount the wood board to your wall)
- level, pencil, tape measurer. scissors
- step stool or ladder
This next step is the fun part! Find burlap material in your choice of color. You can find this material at JoAnn’s Fabric or even Hobby Lobby (and no, I don’t get commission for plugging them, it’s just where I do most of my fabric shopping). Below I will give you step by step instructions, but just wanted to skim over some things here. Most windows are 36″ wide. The standard burlap material is 45″ wide, so this will be perfect for your project as you can use the selvage edge and not have to hem the sides of the valance. If your windows are wider, then you’ll need to turn your fabric and cut your width and hem the edges (see instructions below on how I do this). Just be sure you give your width at least 5″ each side beyond your window edge before cutting material, as you’ll need to hem the edges.
For the length, I think it looks best to hang about 3″ below your window opening. So you’ll need to add 4″ to allow for hem) plus what ever the height above your window the curtain rod is hung, plus at least 2″ extra to wrap around your board to hang. Once you get all your measurements figured out, then you’ll know how much material you’ll need PER window you’re doing! It may sound difficult, but this really is easy and I hope the pictures below help!
For a standard 36″ window, lay out your burlap with the selvage edges as your width and measure the length you’ll be needing. Add 3″ for it to hang below the window and add to this at least 2″ for the top to be wrapped over your pine board and 2″ for the bottom hem. So for instance, if your curtain is hung 12″ above the top of your window, then add 12″ +3″ + 4″ = 19″ This is your length where you will cut the fabric.
If your windows are wider than 36″ then you’ll need to turn the fabric so your selvage edge will be the bottom length of the valance (bonus, no need to hem it!), follow above instructions & cut your fabric 2″ less, as you won’t need to hem the bottom edge. You will cut off one of the selvage sides & this will be what you wrap around your pine board. For your width however, you will need to add at least an inch to each side so you can add the hem for a finished look.
Hemming is easy with Iron On hem tape! What a wonderful invention! Burlap is hard to sew, so I highly recommend the hem tape! Follow instructions on the package, but it’s super easy. Just fold over where you need to hem (either the bottom edge of a standard 36″ window or the sides if you have larger windows).
ATTACH VALANCE TO BOARD
Now you’ll need your handy dandy staple gun (or glue gun if you don’t have a staple gun, but I highly recommend a staple gun! I have my fave in my shop page if you need one! Lay your burlap down on your floor (much better than trying to do on a table) & align the board along the top of the fabric a few inches down & wrap the fabric over the top and onto the face of the board. See photo below. This will actually be the back of your valance. Staple the fabric to this side only. You’ll see why below when we mount it. Be sure to staple it several places so it hangs nicely.
MOUNT THE VALANCE
You’re almost done!! Now we will mount this board to your wall. You will need to make sure you can screw this valance into the studs so you won’t need to add anchors. If you go just next to your window and take your level and go straight up, the stud for the window will go all the way to the ceiling. Mark where this is with a pencil at the top of your curtain rod. You might need an extra hand with this step, as you will want to hang the board along the top of the curtain rod and width wise evenly beyond the window opening. Take your level to be sure it’s correct, then flip up the burlap and using your screw gun, screw your wood piece to the wall where your stud is. It won’t be all the way at the end of the board, but your burlap will hide this, so no worries! Now flip the burlap over the board and VIOLA!!! You have a Faux Burlap Window Valance!
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