Create Custom Window Valances
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Create Custom Window Valances

You have admired custom window trim & decorative window valances - now build your own for a fraction of the cost!
2.8 (2 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
4 students enrolled
Created by Dale Justice
Last updated 10/2015
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  • 31 mins on-demand video
  • 3 Articles
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Analyze your skill level and safe use of power tools for this project.
  • Design and plan valances for your windows.
  • Create a materials list and consider techniques used to complete your custom valance project.
  • Complete the construction and installation of your valance.
View Curriculum
  • Measure your windows, design your moulding and create a materials list. Then create a budget to see if you wish to pay the price for custom valances.
  • Know how to safely use hand and power tools along with measuring in fractions of an inch.

Make beautiful custom window valances out of stock white trim moulding with only a few tools! Combine several standard moulding shapes to create a wide window valance or ornate profiles. We will discuss basic woodworking techniques as we move through the course. There is a resource checklist you can download and print. The course will take approximately 4 hours to cover the material and complete the periodic learning checks. The course is structured as lecture plus questions and answers with activities thrown in to demonstrate principles and skills. Take this class if you are interested in learning how to create beautiful window treatment valances.

Who is the target audience?
  • You should have basic wood working skills and can safely use power tools. You should have a chop or mitre saw or plan to hire the cuts out to a professional.
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Curriculum For This Course
6 Lectures
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6 Lectures 33:20

Learn what is involved in building custom valances

Preview 00:29

Plastic moulding is designed and manufactured to be attached to interior walls and studs. It does not have much stability over length like wood moulding does. (Even would moulding bends and warps at times).

So you may see some flat side bending over large windows. If this occurs you can take it off, clamp, glue and screw a 3/4" by 3/4" wood piece to the inside top edge to stiffen it. This will add to the weight of the valance.

Important Note on Plastic Moulding

Find out which tools, materials and techniques are required to help you build a valance. Many times the thought of what is required can be overwhelming but this lecture outlines most parts in detail. If you need more information contact us at We look forward to hearing about yoru project!

Preview 12:12

Protective Equipment and cutionary statement

Safety Quiz
4 questions

So now you are on the home stretch - remember the challenges and problem solving techniques you use on this project will pay off on future projects! This is where you begin to see what the final product will look like and it is exiting! AS you continue this beautiful project, remember to wear your safety equipment and work safely!

Part 2: Complete your course

Accurate measurements insure your valance will fit the window and the brakets on the wall.

Taking accurate measurements
4 questions

If you used wood or plastic moulding and wish to finish them consider these tips on applying paint or stain. You could even cover a valance of square boards with fabric. Find out how to seal the pores of wood moulding to give you that professional finish.

Finishing the valance

Congratulations! You have completed your project and can now stand back and admire your handiwork. This project is just the beginning now that you understand how a plan, a design and some basic skills will carry you onward to ever more beautiful home improvement projects.

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About the Instructor
Dale Justice
4.2 Average rating
20 Reviews
54 Students
4 Courses
Emergency Manager/Fire Marshal (ret) & ukulele builder

As Assistant Fire Chief of a 200+ person department, I retain an extensive and well balanced background in planning, education, management and operations. Beginning my career as a firefighter and paramedic, I have worked in operations, fire prevention, training and emergency management for over 30 years with additional experience in planning, emergency services and emergency management. I have been deployed as part of an incident management team for three of the five major 2004 hurricanes for recovery operations and part of the local Emergency Operations Center activation every year. I hold certifications in Florida certified hazardous material technician and Intelligence Liaison Officer for the Central Florida Fusion Center. I have worked at Indian River State college as an adjunct instructor teaching fire science degree level courses and an A.S. degree in Fire Science and a B.A. degree in organizational management. My experience includes response to four major hurricanes and rostered as Operations Chief for the State of Florida Incident Management "Gold Team." I created, taught and managed our local community training for CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) and served as county Fire Marshal and as a Florida Certified Fire Inspector. I served as Fire Department Training Officer for 10 years. During that time I created and implemented several programs including: Writing a grant for ambulance powered patient stretchers to prevent back injury and reduce workmen compensation claims, grant for fire extinguisher simulator obtained, created a professional officer development program, increased the use of Incident Command and Accountability Systems to prevent firefighter injury. I worked with the governors and senate office to insure damage claims from Hurricane Sandy were documented and reported. Served as liaison to the Department of Defense and Sheriff during a mapping program in the Atlantic ocean resulting in the discovery and safe disposal of two 200 pound bombs used during the 1940’s in WWII assault training.

One of my interests is music and I play have built numerous cigar box guitars and ukuleles. I also plau acoustic and electric guitar. The planning experience above is just the tiket for learning about and building musical instruments.