Curtains are back. I know, where did they go? Well it seems for awhile there, the design world felt that simple roll up blinds were quite enough. And they had a point, keeping your windows as clear as possible does help make a room look larger and brighter. But so what, if it’s also boring! So whether you use simple side panels to add some oomph to your blinds, or make curtains your main window coverings… add them. Please. The color, pattern and interest they add to an area as large as your windows will be that thing. You know, the thing that changes your room from good, to amazing ? These DIY curtains & curtain rods are easy to make, save you money, and allow you to create a custom look for your space.
DIY Curtains & Curtain Rods
Primer – DIY Curtain Ideas & Tips
First, a couple of quick tips for those of you worried that hanging curtains will make your room look smaller.
- Always hang your curtains all the way to the ceiling, and far enough apart that the curtains totally clear the windows when open.
- If using a solid fabric, use a color similar in value to the wall. The closer it matches the wall, the more it will visually disappear.
- If using a pattern, use one with a white background. It just looks fresh! Oh, and the white visually expands space.
- Don’t get fussy. We aren’t talking the pleated, traditional drapes of the past here. Keep it light!
DIY Curtain Tutorials
‘Hey There, Home‘ shows us how to make DIY curtains using fabric shower curtains. We love this, because shower curtains come in tons of awesome prints and patterns, and they are really wide, so you don’t have to seam together many panels. She uses grommets for hanging, which looks updated and modern. Don’t worry, she shows you how to do that too! Plus, we’re a sucker for bold curtains… they can really make a room stop yawning!
Learn how to make curtains with hidden tabs, so they look like more formal drapes. Without the hooks and cumbersome, old fashioned drapery rods! This tutorial from ‘BHG‘ is a simple way to make DIY curtains, step by step. Easy to hang, too.
Want to make gorgeous, fluffy white, stunning, room enlarging curtains… for $5? Yep, you read that right. Jump on over to ‘Sawdust 2 Stitches‘ and check out her simple curtain tutorial made from sheets!
From Kelly at ‘View Along the Way‘, create your own look with her striped DIY curtains tutorial. I love stripes for a small room because they lead the eye, making the room appear larger. You could also use a lighter color stripe. I have featured this amazing room of hers before, in our post on Warm Modern Decorating over at TBD… Love Kelly! Gorgeous room!
Want something with a little more glam? Try the tutorial for gold leaf embellished DIY curtains from Brynne at ‘The Gathered Home‘. Easy and detailed tutorial with lot’s of photos makes learning how to make curtains simple! I would love to see this done on a coral or pink curtain for a “rose gold” look. How amazing is this? And so less expensive then buying them!
Drop Cloth Curtains You Can Make
Drop cloth curtains are inexpensive, fresh and easy. They hold up to dogs and kids, and are easy to wash. ‘Micheala Diane Designs‘ has the perfect tutorial, two ways. Why is it perfect? Not only are they stunning, they are no sew and only $15 per panel! We are sharing both versions here… we tend towards the simpler, cleaner version, but both are farmhouse style perfection!
No Sew Curtains
‘Centsational Style‘ made these no sew curtains with just an iron and iron on hem tape. That beautiful print is from her line, and it’s gorgeous! Follow along with her easy tutorial on making these DIY curtains, no sewing machine required.
Tasha at ‘Designed Trapped‘ took her no sew curtains one step farther. She found a way to integrate a panel of more expensive fabric that she loved, into simple curtains. This way, she only had to buy a small amount of the higher priced fabric, but still got that great look! Frankly, we think using it as an accent works better here than if she made them entirely of the print anyway! Gorgeous, luxurious looking, and still… no sew!
Sarah from ‘The Yellow Cape Cod‘ went a step farther with her bold striped DIY drapes with fabric and an iron. Oh, did I mention, another no-sew project? Love that! And yes, I love the bold stripe, even for a small room. Why? Sometimes you need a star in the room, no matter what. And they follow my “white background” tip above!
DIY Blackout Curtains – Privacy Curtains
These DIY blackout curtains from ‘DIY Playbook‘ are no sew too. Awesome for the nursery, master bedroom or guest room. Made from Ikea privacy curtains, check out their trick on making them blackout!
Basket Weave Curtains DIY
We saw this curtain idea for using a braid technique on ‘Houzz‘… Unfortunately, try as we might, we could not find a tutorial for this! Has anyone seen a DIY curtains project that we could link to for instructions? Share with us in comments!
Update : You can find a quick tutorial to this idea at ‘Home DZine‘!
DIY Curtain Rods
Now that you have your own custom DIY curtains, you definitely want DIY curtain rods! All these tutorials are easy, inexpensive and much cooler than anything you can find at the discount stores. Details count people!
‘Maison de Pax‘ has an easy tutorial fro you for making wood DIY curtain rods that look just like a very expensive Restoration hardware version. $15 for a 6 foot curtain rod? And these really do look very expensive, so what are you waiting for?
These wood dowel DIY curtain rods from ‘The Merry Thought‘ are streamlined, clean in design, and perfect for a more modern look. Did we mention easy to make?
We love copper, so these homemade copper pipe curtain rods make us swoon. Lovely way to show off your new homemade curtains! Complete tutorial from ‘Jennifer Maker‘.
Just hanging stationary curtains, or have an awkward shaped window? No problem. This genius DIY curtain rod idea from ‘Shine Your Light‘ uses curtain rings and cabinet knobs.
Finally, from ‘Chatfield Court‘, we have this crazy cool industrial style DIY curtain rod made of pipe! You can literally make these curtain rods in 15 minutes with things you can get from the home improvement store.
Image Credits: Hey There, Home, BHG, Sawdust 2 Stitches, View Along the Way, The Gathered Home, Micheala Diane Designs, Centsational Style, Designer Trapped, The Yellow Cape Cod, DIY Playbook, Maison de Pax, The Merry Thought, Jennifer Maker, Shine Your Light, Chatfield Court