This Vintage Seed Packet Window valance is a great addition to a sun room, a home office, or even a kitchen. Anyone who loves gardening, collecting vintage seed packets, or the vintage look will love this simple window valance.
If you do not wan to ruin your original vintage seed packets, then simply take them to Kino’s and have them photocopied in color. Use the copies in place of the originals.
You can also use new see packets form your summer garden and then rub some wood gel stain over them to age them into a vintage look.
To Make a Vintage Seed Packet Window Valance You Will Need:
Vintage Seeds Packets (Lots of them)
One 2X10 cut to fit your window
Screw in door stops (one for each hat)
Paint Brush Sand Paper
L Brackets Power Drill
Go ahead and cut your seed packet front off. Just slip your scissors inside of the Vintage Seed Packet and cut the front off so you have a flat piece of paper. You can also use the backs I you like how they look.
Now, after this, the first step is to measure how wide your individual window is. I like to make this Vintage Seed Packet Window valance stick out about 5 to 6 inches on either side, but that is up to you. You will also need two pieces of this same board cut to about 4 to 5 inches wide. These will be the sides of your valance.
Now, Screw in through the front ends of your long board and attach your two side pieces of the valance. I like to predrill these holes and then put in my screws so that the boards do not split.
Now, sand your entire wood valance lightly.
Paint on a coat of primer, like Kilz.
Let the primer dry, then paint on a coat of your vintage looking milk paint. I like to paint this valance because you will be able to see it behind your Vintage Seed Packets if you do not butt them up next to each other. This is a good time to introduce an accent color into your room. You could also paint this board the same color as your walls if you have any leftover wall paint.
Now, let that paint dry.
Now, you can start decoupaging your Vintage Seed Packets onto the window valance. Brush the decoupage on the back of the seed packet and onto the window valance. Place them where ever you wish. I think it is best to cover ht entire window valance completely in vintage seed packets, but you can space them out in any pattern.
Let this dry. Once this is dry you can rub on the wood gel stain to age them if needed.
Now, use your L brackets to hang the Vintage Seed Packet Window valance on the wall. I like to put one L bracket on the left end of the valance and one on the right end of the valance They should be placed on the inside of the side wood pieces. Try to screw into a wood stud if at all possible.
Do this for every window in your sun room, kitchen, or family room and you can really display quite a Vintage Seed Packet collection.
You can also hang curtains from inside of this Vintage Seed Packet Window valance by using a tension rod inside of it. The wood sides of the valance will easily support the tension rod.