Weekend Projects: Construct a Homemade Window Valance

Dress up your windows with elegant wood valances. They take less than a weekend to make and cost less than $100 in materials.


Window valances give a room the illusion of greater height and add architectural interest.

Window valances give a room the illusion of greater height and add architectural interest.

Materials and Tools:

poplar wood
nail gun and nails
primer and paint
miter saw
crown molding
small detail molding


1. Make the basic rectangle for the valance. Cut one piece of poplar to the desired length and two pieces for the sides. Attach the three pieces with glue and a nail gun.



2. Add size- and style-appropriate molding to the valance. We used crown molding on the top of the valance and small decorative on the bottom. Cut the molding at a 45 degree angle, making sure the corners fit snugly. Attach each piece with a nail gun and wood glue.

3. Apply a coat of primer on the valance, let it dry completely then apply a coat of paint.

4. Attach the valance directly to the old window casing with the nail gun. Or you can use an L-bracket to attach the valance to the wall. Make sure the bracket is secured to a stud.

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