Curtains are ALWAYS a great idea, but this is a great project if you want to dramatically change or impact the look of your room on a budget! For about $10 per panel, $20 per window, plus hardware (mine was about $15 per window from Ikea) you can have new curtains!! And the best news? You don’t even need to sew!! Read these simple steps and I’ll show you how!
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- Canvas Drop Cloth, 9′ x 12′(I cut this and made it into two 9’x5’ drop cloths per window)
- Glue gun
- Measuring Tape
- Iron & Ironing board
- Curtain hardware: (I bought mine from Ikea, available online)
- Rod (I used 1.5” diameter) – “Racka”
- Hanging clips (approx. 10 per panel, 20 per window) “Syrlig”
- Wall brackets (2 or 3 per rod depending on the length) These came with the “Racka Combo pack”
- Finials – “Blast”
- Screwdriver (or electric drill and electric screw driver will make things much easier)
5 Easy Steps to Make No-Sew Drop Cloth Curtains
Ok, so you’ve gathered all of your materials and tools and you’re ready to start. I hope you have a good movie or TV series you can watch because you are going to spend most of your time with this first step.
Step 1. Iron your drop cloth panels.
Ugh! I really hate to iron! I focused on the end result and made it through! Then lay them out carefully so they don’t wrinkle.
Step 2. Measure.
Next, you’ll need to measure your window and determine how long you want your panel.
Note: To make your room appear bigger and your ceilings higher, hang your curtains above your windows closer to the ceiling.
Step 3: Hem your panels.
You will want to fold over the top edge at least 3 inches or so for a hem. Iron this hem. Once this hem is ironed, bring the panel back down and lay on the floor so you can hem using the glue gun. If you are using regular hot glue like I did you will want to use the smallest amount possible to minimize any visible glue seeping through and creating a mark on the other side. I used just a small dab every 5-8”. That was plenty to secure the hem without any problems.
The bottom hem is more critical because this has to be carefully measured to create the length of panel that you want for your window. I had a lot of trial and error with getting my measurements accurate and ended up with my first couple of panels much shorter than I wanted. Luckily I had plenty of practice to get it right.
Note: You may notice that the drop cloth panels are not always cut square and level on each edge so you will need to measure from top to bottom, not just from the hemming edge.
Step 4: Attach your hanging clips.
I used about 8 clips per panel spaced approximately 10″ apart. Note: They come in packs of 10 so you may want to space them closer just so you can use of the clips.
Step 5: Hang your panels.
You have already decided the height of your panels. Now you need to determine how close you want to hang your curtains in relation to the actual window. Note: If you have space you may want to hang your curtains further outside the window so the panels can hang and not block the actual window. Also to consider at this moment is how functional you want your panels to be. Do you need to be able to close them in order to block light or create privacy? I have blinds on all my windows already so my curtains were solely for decor.
First, double check the height of the curtains before marking the height on the wall. Then mark the horizontal spot so you know where you will be attaching your brackets. For this step I used an electric drill and electric screw driver. Note: Here’s where you can learn from my mistake! If you are hanging your rod close to the wall, don’t forget to leave room for your finials. These will be going on the outside of your brackets.
The End Result
These curtains TOTALLY transformed our home. Once I completed the “wall-o’curtains” as I affectionately refer to it, I just kept on going! I started with the wall in our great room which connects to the kitchen and our main living space. Because you can even see it from the front hall when you walk in the house it really changed the whole living space! My husband was so excited (with the look and the huge “bang for your buck”) that he gladly ok’d additional windows. From there I headed to the dining room. And then the 2nd living room. I still have the guest bedroom and the master bedroom to go….so stay tuned!
Be sure to check out our other DIY projects and budget decorating tips for more easy and inexpensive ways to update your home! Links to these related posts are positioned at the bottom of this post.
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