DIY Window Valance - A Life Unfolding

Libbie B
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DIY DIY window valance

Today I am sharing a quick and easy project (my favorite kind) with you. When we were working on the bedrooms at Ellery and Third- our Airbnb, I was looking for a way to add visual interest on a budget. So I decided on a DIY Window Valance.

DIY Window Valance

I had planned for bamboo window blinds for privacy and wanted something other than sheer white curtains for the windows as I have done before. When I discovered the little lightbulb-shaped vases from a Floral Christmas Tree project I did a few years ago, I knew what I wanted to do.

Window Valance with Fresh Flowers

What I used:

  • Metal pipe- That was threaded for me at Home Depot.
  • Flanges- Two
  • 3/4 Elbows- Two
  • Black Spray paint- I used this Rustoleum in Matte Black
  • glass vases- here
  • Leather strips-
  • Twine
  • Flowers and plant cuttings!
Piping at Home Depot

Putting it together:

We had the pipe cut to the window size at our neighborhood Home Depot. They also threaded the ends for us and all for free!

Window Flange

Once we got home, I painted the pipe, flanges, and elbows with black spray paint. The pipe comes with all kinds of writing and markings you want to cover up.

Then we assembled the pieces.

The next step was to attach it to the wall. If you could see my husband’s expression, you could see how much he LOVES these “quick DIY projects.”

I then arranged flowers into the little vases, which I had already wrapped the tops of with twine from a previous project.

The twine was not long enough, and I wanted to hang these at different heights, so I used leather strips to make them longer.

I trimmed the leather where I tied it, so it wasn’t so messy.

Fresh cut flowers as a Window Valance

I have to say I LOVE the roses with Ivy.

Once the blinds arrived and we hung them, I think I loved the DIY window valance even more!

The water filled vases are very pretty in the sunlight and bounce light around the room.

The fresh flowers were lovely and made my heart happy but are a bit impractical for a short-term rental property.

So I decided to change it up a bit and turn it into something more sustainable.

A propagation station!

I added leaf cuttings and am using it as a propagation station.

I change the water while they are hanging and add to it once every few weeks.

It makes my plant-loving heart happy.

So that’s it for my DIY window valance.

I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Until next time,


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  • Traci.heaney72 Traci.heaney72 on Aug 08, 2022

    I LOVE this DIY. Instead of leather what do you think of some metal or clear plastic shower curtain hooks? That way you can change the water easier. Just a thought.

  • Traci.heaney72 Traci.heaney72 on Aug 08, 2022

    I am going to do this in the living and bedroom. I LOVE it. Instead of the leather pieces could you use clear or metal shower curtain hooks? Or even plant chain?

  • Sharon Murdock Sharon Murdock on Aug 14, 2022

    I think you left a part between the flange and the elbow out of your material list.

    The short nipple.

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  • Laurel Shindell Laurel Shindell on Aug 14, 2022

    This is an older picture. I have added to it. My shade in my bedroom was so plain and blended so well with the wall so I added pieces of artificial swags to add color. It is 2 broomsticks taped together with vines wrapped. I have added some longer pieces too. I may add twinkle lights eventually.

  • Elaine Elaine on Aug 24, 2022

    This was a great idea and it's beautiful. I want to do this in my living room