How to Make Simple Ribbon Curtains or Valances

I usually avoid giving home decorating tips, because… well, I’m not good at them.

However, I have a few tucked away, that I have tried and have had a lot of success with, and this ‘how-to’ is one of those successes.

Many years ago, when my daughter wanted to pretty up her room, I made a simple valance from ribbons that was both inexpensive and added a huge punch of fun and color to her room. Frugal and fun: that’s the best kind of home decorating.

What you’ll need:

- a curtain or tension rod and about 10 yards each of five different ribbons (the amount will vary depending on window size, widths of the ribbons that you use and whether you make a full length curtain or valance).

- optional: beads, feathers, buttons etc for embellishment

How to do it:

- Cut the ribbons several inches longer than you need in order to reach the sill (full length) or your desired valance length.

- Tie each ribbon onto the rod by using a loop or necktie knot. Alternate colors or patterns.

- Trim to fit or to desired length. (This may be easier to do if you hang it in the window, to check the length first.)

The embellishments are optional, as these are adorable on their own, but if you want to add anything to them, do so before trimming, as tying knots below several beads will shorten the length.

(photo by Laineys Repertoire)

About Karla Archer (25 Posts)

Karla Porter Archer is a print and web designer, technophile, writer, speaker, gifted education advocate, and mother of 4. Teaching her children about making wise and healthy choices in all areas of their lives is of the utmost importance. She is passionate about eating well, living simply, yet comfortably, and eliminating the excess clutter that overloads daily life, as much as possible. She shares her (successful and unsuccessful) attempts and efforts on Living The Life Fantastic, which she started, along with Randy Archer, after they met on Twitter, fell in love and determined to live their lives purposefully and fantastically together. Find her also at: Karla Archer and Archer Creative


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