ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Inexpenisive Window Treatment for a Child's Room

Updated on February 21, 2013

The Need for Change

"They grow up so fast!" I'm talking about kids, of course. One minute, they're babies and the next, they're moving out. Okay, obviously I skipped a lot in between the two. My point is that with each passing year comes the need to change the look and style of your child's room. No ten year-old wants to sleep in a room with walls emblazoned with Barney. In that same vein, no sixteen year-old wants Hannah Montana bed-sheets. If they do, you should probably have a heart-to-heart talk with them before they're next slumber party.

Let's face it, changing a room's decor can be pricey. You have to buy new bedding, paint for the walls, window treatments, etc. This article is going to save you some money on one of those items. I'm going to show you how to make an inexpensive valance that you can incorporate into any decor. Bonus - this is super simple!

Decisions, Decisions!

So, it's time for a change. The first thing you have to do, is help your child decide on the next decor/theme for the bedroom. Don't worry about limiting your child's wishes, because any theme will work with these curtains. Once a style is agreed upon, go shopping. You really can't choose the colors for the windows until you find the bedding and decide upon wall color.

After you find the perfect items for the bedroom decor, you will need to choose three or four colors for the valance. Two colors could work, but I think it looks too symmetrical and too much like stripes. If your child is into stripes, then by all means, use only two colors.

This particular room was for my teenage daughter. She was thirteen at the time, and wanted her room to be bright green and black. For the window treatments, I chose green, black, and bright pink. There really isn't any other pink in the room per se, but I thought it would be a good accent color.

Necessary Materials

For this project, you will need three main items - Fabric, Clothespins, and Yarn. You'll also need something to wrap the yarn around to secure it. I use push pins, but you can use sewing pins, nails, etc.

Fabric - If you're like me, a bit of a fabric addict, you probably have stacks and stacks of fabric. If not, the local fabric store is the place for you. DON'T spend a lot of money on fabric. All you need is something that will hang from the windows. You don't need durability. You don't need stain-resistant. You just need fabric and not a lot of it. Check the clearance racks first. You should only need to spend a few dollars on the fabric. See, I told you it would be inexpensive.

Clothespins - Most of us, when we think of clothespins, think of the old wooden ones our Mom's had. Well, in case you aren't aware, there are lots more options out there now. When my youngest daughter was a baby, I found pale pink and pale green pins - the colors of her nursery. For my teenager's room, I used black pins.

Yarn - There's not a lot to say about this. You will use the yard as the curtain "rod". Choose a color that works with your room. Again, I chose black.


Instructions

Like I said before, this is such a simple project! Here are the steps:

1. Cut the fabric

2. Hang the yarn

3. Pin the fabric onto the yarn

Done!

I'll go into the instructions with a little more depth, but I'm sure you could figure it out with just the above steps. It really is that easy.

Cut the fabric into squares. I cut mine into 12x12 squares. For correct measuring and clean cutting, it's best to use a rotary mat and cutter. If you don't have these, a ruler and a pair of scissors will work fine.

Place push pins(or whatever you're using) in the proper positions above the top corners of the windows.

Wrap one end of yarn around a push pin and string across to the other pin. Wrap second end around second pin.

Pin the squares of fabric to the yarn. I have experimented a lot with how to hang the fabric, and I find that hanging them "on point" looks best. Fold a little of the point over the yarn and pin.

Space out the hanging fabric to your liking. Several bunched together will look more lush and thick. I chose to have some separation between my fabric.


What's Next?

If after a few years, your child wants to ditch the current decor for the latest and greatest style, don't panic! These window treatments are interchangeable! All you need for them is different color fabric. TIP - Use a neutral color for the yarn and clothespins. In doing so, you'll be able to use them with each theme change.

My teenage daughter is now sixteen and still loves her room! I'm hoping we can stick with the black and green until she leaves for college. Then, I guess we'll be picking out fabric colors for her dorm windows. Yikes!

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)