This is my current valance. Not too special, red, green, and a mustard gold color plaid.
I absolutely love the 3 tier ruffled valances on Etsy for $50 each, and I was very close to ordering, but there are no returns. I think they would have worked but if I ordered a custom size, for sure I couldn't return them. Ballard's Designs had some standard valances in burlap for $19 each. I was very close to ordering these too.
I had purchased some wide burlap garland on a 70% after Christmas clearance. The garland was originally priced at $27.25. I thought it might come in handy for projects this year.
I got the idea that maybe the garland was wide enough to work for a valance. So I tried them on the skinny cafe rods in my kitchen with clothespins. I liked the look enough to cut the garland in half, and hem the ends with iron on hemming tape. I also used a stain pen and antiqued the light wood clothespins a bit. This project is costing me about $8.
Here is the burlap garland/valance I created today.
|This is the original price tag. Remember I got this for 70% off in an after Christmas sale.|
|The garland was 11 1/2" wide.|
|And here they are.|
|Update: I just added this photo of the other kitchen window as an afterthought when I received a comment about my great spoon above the first window photo. This window has the matching fork.|