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How to Create a Stenciled Monogram Valance

Dress up your windows by adding a custom monogrammed valance made from a precut pine plank, ready-made drapery panel, art supplies and paint.

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Materials Needed:

  • precut planks of 1x10-inch pine
  • L-brackets
  • drapery panel or fabric by the yard
  • measuring tape
  • yardstick
  • pencil
  • notepad
  • scissors
  • clear acetate alternative
  • cutting mat
  • scratch paper
  • marker
  • retractable utility knife
  • spray paint in a flat finish or fabric paint
  • stencil brush
  • drill
  • 2-inch wood screws
  • roll of batting
  • staple gun
  • staples
  • fabric steamer
  • drill
  • screws

Measure Window

Use measuring tape to determine proper measurements above window for installing valance. Jot measurements down on notepad using pencil. Tip: An excellent valance height for windows in rooms with 8 to 10-foot ceilings is 10 inches with a depth of 6 inches.

Create Valance Box

Referring to measurements taken with pencil and notepad, have 1-by-10-inch pine plank cut to size at local home improvement store. Using drill and 2-inch wood screws, assemble precut planks of pine into a three-sided box.

Cut Batting

Unfurl batting out along flat, level surface. Next, place valance box along the top, then cut to size using scissors.

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