Make a Vintage-Inspired Pennant Banner Valance

Having trouble finding the perfect valance for a boy's room? Try this unconventional, no-sew window treatment that will emphasize a camp or collegiate theme in a bedroom or bonus room.

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Materials Needed:

  • felt quarters in different colors
  • felt letters and numbers in desired colors (with adhesive backing)
  • stiff felt pennants
  • felt fabric glue
  • scissors
  • permanent marker
  • straight twig slightly longer than length of window
  • two Y-shaped twigs
  • chop saw or hand saw
  • drill equipped with bits and drivers
  • four 1 1/2" wood screws

Create Design and Cut Felt

Position felt adhesive-backed letters in desired pattern on pennant (Image 1). Use felt in contrasting colors to embellish pennant, using pennant as a template and tracing with a permanent marker (Image 2). Using vintage pennant banners for inspiration, cut out stripes, rainbows and triangles to create an interesting design (Image 3). Tip: Plates, cups, bowls and lids make nice stencils for circles and curves (Image 4).

Create Layered Letters

Remove adhesive backing on letters and numbers and stick onto selected felt quarter (Image 1). Use sharp scissors to cut out letters, allowing contrasting felt backing to show, creating a layered look (Image 2).

Make Pennant Ties

Use sharp scissors to cut out four felt ties for each pennant. Ties should measure approximately 3/4" x 8", so they are long enough to tie around curtain rod.

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Glue Pennant Together

Apply felt glue to back of embellishments and press into pennant banner. Insert ties between two layers of felt and affix with more felt glue. Apply letters and numbers in same fashion until banner is complete. Allow glue to dry completely before hanging. Tip: Glue may show through felt while wet, but will not be visible once dry.

Make and Hang Stick Curtain Rod

Locate a straight stick a few inches wider than window casing and two Y-shaped sticks. Cut Y's to approximately 8 inches long, but adjust sizing to fit scale of the window (Image 1). Drill through Y-shaped sticks into wood window frame with self-boring wood screws (Image 2). Repeat with other Y-shaped stick, making sure stick looks level to the eye. Tie pennants onto stick to create valance (Image 3).

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