DIY window valance

Today I am sharing a quick and easy project (my favorite kind) with you. When we were working on the bedrooms at Ellery and Third- our Airbnb, I was looking for a way to add visual interest on a budget. So I decided on a DIY Window Valance.

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Window Valance with Fresh Flowers

DIY Window Valance

I knew I had already placed the order for the bamboo window blinds that I needed for privacy and wanted something other than sheer white curtains as I have done before. When I discovered the little lightbulb-shaped vases from a Floral Christmas Tree project I did a few years ago, I knew what I wanted to do.

What I used:

  • Metal pipe- This was threaded for me at Home Depot at no charge.
  • Flanges- Two
  • 3/4 Elbows- Two
  • Black Spray paint- I used this Rustoleum in Matte Black
  • glass vases- here
  • Leather strips-
  • Twine
  • Flowers and plant cuttings!
Metal pipe for DIY window valance
Piping at Home Depot

Putting it together:

We had the pipe cut to the window size at our neighborhood Home Depot. They also threaded the ends for us and all for free!

metal flange
Window Flange
Metal pipe elbows

Once we got home, I painted the pipe, flanges, and elbows with black spray paint. The pipe comes with all kinds of writing and markings you want to cover up.

Spray painted pipe

Then we assembled the pieces.

The next step was to attach it to the wall. If you could see my husband’s expression, you could see how much he LOVES these “quick DIY projects.”

Hanging DIY window valance

I then arranged flowers into the little vases, which I had already wrapped the tops of with twine from a previous project.

The twine was not long enough, and I wanted to hang these at different heights, so I used leather strips to make them longer.

Fresh flower window valance

I trimmed the leather where I tied it, so it wasn’t so messy.

Fresh cut flowers as a Window Valance

I have to say I LOVE the roses with Ivy.

Once the blinds arrived, and we hung them, I think I loved the DIY window valance even more!

Easy window valance
Small vase with greenery

The fresh flowers were lovely and made my heart happy but are a bit impractical for a short-term rental property.

So I decided to change it up a bit and turn it into something more sustainable.

Plant propagation in window
A propagation station!

I change the water while they are hanging and add to it once every few weeks.

Pothos propagating in diy window valance
It makes my plant-loving heart happy.

So that’s it for my DIY window valance.

I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Until next time,


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  1. Meagan Trento says:

    This is such a fun DIY project! I love how beautiful the plants look hanging behind the bed and in front of the window. what a great idea. So simple, but yet so pretty.

  2. Allyson says:

    Your valance idea is brilliant! It looks great. I’d like to invite you to the Home Matters Link Party every Thursday 9pm (est) through Monday. Hope to see you there! @ Southern Sunflowers .com

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  4. Pam says:

    That is so cute! I just love how it all came together and looks simple, yet beautiful. Thanks for sharing with us at the TFT party.

  5. Debra Oliver says:

    Hi Libbie, your valance is really beautiful and so unique. Thanks so much for coming by and joining in at All About Home. I’m sharing your post Monday evening at the party. Have a great week!

  6. Julie Briones says:

    Oh, your window valance is lovely, Libbie! Such a great idea, and there’s nothing quite like seeing greenery in a clear vase! Pinned, and I’m so glad you shared at Tuesday Turn About… I’ll be featuring your post at this week’s party!

  7. Grandma's House DIY says:

    Love this, I’m featuring you this week when the next To Grandma’s house we go party starts – thanks for sharing with us!

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  9. Marie-Interior Frugalista says:

    I have to show my daughter your fabulous live plant window valance, I know she’ll love this idea!

  10. ROBIN LAMONTE says:

    Very creative Libby!
    I have done this before for designer showhouses and everyone loves the organic look of flowers and vines on the windows!

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  12. Jess says:

    Hi Libby!
    This is such a pretty and creative idea. I’m going to pin as I love the look of greenery in those glass bottles. Gives such a fresh look to the window. You had me at quick and easy🙂
    Jess xx

  13. Giangi Townsend says:

    Absolutely beautiful and super romantic. Thank you for the great explanations. Love it.

  14. Debb says:

    So simple and ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!!!! I love this project!

  15. Cindy Rust says:

    Omgoodness this is just the cutest valance! The florals were so pretty but I love the propagation station just as much! I’m also imagining winter greens too! Congrats on being featured on Tuesday Turn About Link Party!

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