Friday, March 16, 2012

DIY Curtain Rods/Curtains

If any of you have been curtain and curtain rod shopping you know that it can cost quite the pretty penny. So the husband and I thought we would make them and save a couple bucks.
We made a trip to Lowes and JoAnn's and picked up a few things, here is what we did to create Finn's rustic curtains/rod.

long wooden rod
wooden ends
wood stain
5 or 6 feet of thick rope
linen fabric (we needed about 8 yards for both windows)

How To Make Curtain Rods
1. Cut the wooden rod to however long your window is.

2. Stain the rod and wooden end.

3. Tie a simple knot in the rope and cut to desired length.

4. Nail rope to the wall where you want the rod to hang.
5. Hang wooden rod from rope and adjust so it hangs straight.

To Make Curtains
1. These curtains are fairly easy to construct. Measure your window and add about a yard or two to that length for the curtains.

2. Decide how long you want your curtains to be and leave a few inches extra at the bottom to hem up.

3. Hem each side leaving about an inch seam allowance. Make sure you do this first, otherwise the top part will be sealed and you can't put the rod through.

4. Now for the top part that hangs from the rod. Fold over a couple inches of fabric and pin. Make sure your rod can fit through with ease. Sew across.

5. Hem up the bottom leaving about an inch or two seam allowance. 

6. Slide it on your rod and you've got yourself some curtains.

 Not only did this save us some money but it was also fun and I think we appreciate the room more because we made so many of the things ourselves.

Have a lovely weekend!


  1. Nice work!! It looks awesome!

  2. Those are amazing, you are very talented, I can't wait to decorate a nursery!

    Ps-I LOVE the name you picked out!

  3. These are great! I love the idea of tying the ropes to the end and hanging those on the walls with nails. It looks awesome! Love the color green on the walls too!

  4. how adorable! And they don't seem to compacted to make! my hubby would be so grateful if i made a curtain to cover the window in our light that let's in WAY too much light at night. xoxo

  5. I agree you definitely appreciate things more when they are homemade and have some work and sweat put into them. I love the nursery, so cute and original.

  6. i can't even keep up with all of your darling do it yourselfs! you are making me feel inspired and also making me feel like i need to get going on some things around my home. p.s. even though you are 7 1/2 months pregnant you still look darling! i hope that i can look half as great and be doing things like you when i'm there! xo

  7. I haven't compared the cost, but I have used plain twin size sheets for curtains. No joke. I love them. I don't split it down the middle. I just use one for my 56" wide windows. I just do a tie back on one side. Love it!