It’s time for another DIY Monthly Challenge, and this month’s challenge is to use rope in a project. This one was tricky for me, because I recently just complete three different rope projects, here, here, and here, and I was out of rope-inspired ideas.
Then, I started thinking about the projects I planned to complete over Labor Day weekend at our cottage, and inspiration struck!
I had already made my fabric lined roller shade, and was just planning on installing it. But a rolled up shade sticking out from a door isn’t really all that pretty, so I schemed up an idea for this DIY valance. Instead of putting a piece of wood across the front, I used rope. Here’s how it all came together.
The brackets for the roller shade were screwed right at the edge of each bracket. (You can just vaguely see the brackets in this horrible picture – horrible except for the action shot of my little one! I always seem to catch something happening when I photograph this door.)
I cut two more pieces of wood – 1″ thick by 4″ by 2?” (I figured out the depth by holding up the shade and making sure that the wood was slightly longer.) I used a 1/2″ forstner bit (a spade bit would work fine, too) and drilled six holes along the edge. To make sure they were the same distance apart on both brackets, I just lined them up and drilled through the pre-cut holes to make an indentation on the bottom board.
I air-nailed the pieces of wood to the brackets, and then took out all that rope. I used 3/8″ manila rope for this, primarily because I wanted the rope to be as thick as possible to hide the shade, but also not too big to allow for all of the knots on the side.
I knotted them all on one side, and then knotted them on the other side. All in all, it was an easy project that helped to hide the shade. I’m still not sure I wouldn’t have just liked wood better, but for now, we’ll just say that I have a nautical, rustic rope valance.
Head on over to check out the other rope inspired projects!
Rustic Rope Valance
Rope Wrapped Cans
Rope Picture Hanger
Pipe and Rope Shelves
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