By Nikki Willhite
Here is one of the more inexpensive, fun ways to make a
custom valance for the window over your kitchen sink, in a children's room,
or even on top of a shower curtain. All you need is a wooden dowel or any
strip of wood that you can attach across the top of your window or shower,
and some napkins.
Pick out some napkins that match the decor in your room.
You can make them yourself (vintage fabrics are always cute), or you can buy
them at the store.
Fold the napkins in half, diagonally, and drape them over
the wood, so that they hang down like triangles. Use as many napkins as you
need to cover the width of the wooden rod.
To add more interest, layer 2 rows of napkins. Make the
back row longer, perhaps in a solid color. Then add a shorter napkin,
perhaps a floral or check, in the front. You can even add tassels, bells, or
other ornaments on the points of the front valance to rest on the back
Secure the napkins by stapling the long end on the top of
the rod. Before you begin, lay the rod out on your table and play with the
napkins until you find an arrangement you like. Mark the rod, and then
staple them down.
This is a fun treatment for a window, and looks best
done in playful and colorful fabrics.