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How to Line Store-Bought Curtains (The Easy Way!)

Before I start, I should warn you: this method involves sewing. Not a lot of sewing, or complicated sewing, but the ownership of sewing machine and the ability to turn it on and thread the needle is required for this project.

Does that terrify you? I get you. For years, every time I tried to sew something, I ended up with a knot of thread instead of a nice line of stitches. I was that person searching "No-sew curtains" on Pinterest. Iron-on hem tape was my best friend.

Then, one day, I took a sewing class. For four weeks, me and my sewing machine showed up to this adult education center and let these two nice ladies coach us through simple projects, which I promptly wrapped up and gave to my mother for Christmas.

And now, I can sew. Sort of. I would be a poor person to contract as your personal tailor, but I can stitch a straight line, which is pretty much all you need for basic home DIY projects.

There are two morals to this story: 1) This project is not complicated. If my novice-sewer-self could get this done, you probably can too. 2) If you're that person searching "no-sew curtains" on Pinterest, take a sewing class. It will provide you with some basic proficiency. Most craft stores offer them monthly. If you want something a little more unique, many school districts/cities/counties have adult education programs that include classes like sewing and photography.

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How to Line Store-Bought Curtains
Materials
  • Store Bought Curtains- I used Ikea Lenda curtains. The nice thing about (some) Ikea curtains is that they come in 118" lengths, so they can be hemmed to fit your window perfectly.
  • Lining- I used the Roc-Ion Blackout Lining from JoAnn's. I live alone and get really freaked out about people seeing into my house at night, so I prefer blackout lining on all of my curtains. However, JoAnn's has a decent selection of other drapery linings as well.
  • Matching Thread- I do my best to pick thread that is the same color as my curtains, so if/when my stitches get squiggly, they're less noticeable. 
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Step 1: Lay Out Curtain

Clear out a large space and lay your curtain on the ground. Arrange your blackout lining on top of the curtain.

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Since my windows don't reach all the way to the floor, I cut my fabric a little bit short of the curtain. That way, I can save on blackout lining!

Step 2: Pin Fabric in Place

At the top of the curtain, pin the blackout lining in place. I try to place my lining/pins so that my new seam will be close to the original stitching that's at the top of the curtain.

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I wanted to use curtain rings instead of the tabs, so I folded over the tabs of the curtains and sewed them at the same time as the blackout lining. If you're not doing that, just pin the fabric normally!

Step 3: Sew!

Attach the blackout lining to the curtain by stitching a single line across the top of the curtain.

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And that's it. You're done.

Why aren't you stitching the other three sides, you might wonder? Because that takes skill, apparently. I tried. But it's difficult to align the fabric evenly, and so when I did my mediocre job, it did not look attractive. I did not take a picture, I'm sorry, but trust me when I say it looked bad.

Plus, blackout lining is stiff. It makes curtains look stiff. By only having it sewn in at the top, the curtain you purchased remains its original, flowy self. The blackout lining just sits behind the curtain blocking the light, but not actually affecting the look of the curtain.

Finally, the blackout lining is secure enough with only the top stitched in. Why do extra work? And the curtain looks good this way. Check it out:

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I love them! I think they're the perfect neutral for matching both the burlap top half of the wall and wainscoting bottom!

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I DIY-ed the curtain rods as well; go check them out!

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If you found this useful, go ahead and save it to Pinterest so you can find it when you have curtains to line!

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How to Make a DIY Drapery Wand

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You know how when you're staying in a hotel and go to close the curtains, instead of yanking on the fabric to close them, you can grab this nice wand thing instead? Turns out, the internet sells those:

For the low, low price of 20-ish dollars, you can have two drapery wands to ease the closing of your curtains. Fancy. Oh, and also a total ripoff.

Guess how much it cost me to make two drapery wands? $4.68. Guess how long it took? About five minutes. So, if you've ever dreamed of having low-cost, hotel-like luxury in your modest home, this is the tutorial for you.

How to Make a DIY Drapery Wand
Materials:
  • Dowel Rod- I used a 1/2" dowel rod that was 48" long. This was a little longer than necessary (a 36" rod would have been fine), but since the rod is completely hidden behind the curtain, it didn't seem worth the time to trim it down.
  • Cup Hook or Screw Eye- I used a screw eye to attach the dowel rod to my curtain rings, however, my curtain rings open. Most curtain rings do not, so you'd need to use a cup hook with normal curtain rings. I go into more detail about this below; if you're confused, keep reading.
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Optional Step 0: Paint

I painted my dowel rods white. I don't know why. They're completely hidden behind the curtain. Maybe it just made me feel fancier? I don't know. But they're white, now.

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Step 1: Drill Pilot Hole in Dowel Rod

Using a drill bit that is slightly smaller than your screw eye/cup hook, drill a hole in the top of dowel rod. Try and center it as best you can.

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90% of this photo is blurry, and that makes me super dizzy. I hope that's just me. If not, I'm sorry. 

Step 2: Attach Cup Hook/Screw Eye to Dowel Rod

Insert the screw eye/cup hook into the pre-drilled hole. Using your fingers, twist it into place.

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Halfway!

If your fingers are weaklings like mine, grab a screwdriver to use as leverage when twisting.

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These super cheap DIY Drapery Wands are quick and easy to make, and cost under $5 a pair! #WindowTreatments

I made six wands, one for each of the curtains in my living room!

Step 3: Hang on Curtain Rings

Because I'm not one of those rich bloggers, I spray painted some binder rings to use as curtain rings to save money. Therefore, my curtain rings open: 

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This allows me to slip the screw eye onto the ring. Since your curtain rings probably don't open (unless you also spray painted binder rings... in which case, lets be bffs,) you should use a cup hook to put your DIY drapery wand onto the ring.

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The wands make it so much easier to open and close the curtains! I'm thrilled with them!

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I love the curtains in my living room, and these wands just make them that much better! If you like what you see so far, check out how I made my own curtain rods! And if you think you might make these drapery wands, go ahead and save this post to Pinterest so you can find it again later!

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How to Cut Burlap (The Right Way!)

A couple weeks back, I went to Joann's to purchase burlap for a project in my living room (coming soon!) When I took the fabric to the cut counter, the JoAnn's employee measured it out, and then started doing something fancy with one of strings instead of just cutting the fabric. Naturally, I asked questions. Lots of questions.

Turns out, there is a right way and a wrong way to cut burlap. The wrong way: cut it like normal fabric. This creates lots of loose ends that easily unravel. The right way: Cut along a single thread of the fabric. See below.

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The Right Way to Cut Burlap
Step 1: Measure Your Fabric

Measure out the distance you want your burlap to be, and pick out a string of burlap at that point.

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For example, in the above picture, if I wanted my burlap to be 13 inches long, I 'd probably pick the thread I circled in pink.

Step 2: Pull Thread

Pull the thread you selected, and only the thread you selected. The fabric should bunch up.

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I had no idea there was a secret to cutting burlap until I talked to the cut counter lady... #Burlap
Step 3: Completely Remove Thread

Keep pulling the thread until you have completely removed it from the burlap. Sometimes it breaks before you've completely removed it; that's okay, just find where it ripped and keep pulling.

Once you've removed the thread, your burlap have a really obvious missing piece. It looks like this:

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Step 4: Cut Burlap

Cut the burlap along the path the thread left behind. 

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Then enjoy the nice, neat burlap piece that you just cut!

What are you making with your burlap? I just cut tons of it to use as wallpaper in my living room, but there are so many uses for this stuff, it's crazy! I'd love to hear what you're making; let me know in the comments below. And if you found this post useful, go ahead and save it to Pinterest so other people can find it too!

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Easy and Cheap DIY Curtain Rods

I've talked a lot about curtains lately, since the front of my house has about a hundred windows (okay, fifteen.) I find them difficult; thick, long curtains are expensive, and the DIY options are difficult to work with. But I eventually came up with something inexpensive and attractive for my sunroom, and have moved on to consider this dilemma once again in the living room.

But I have a smaller issue to tackle first: curtain rods. This seems easy, since I am not opposed to purchasing curtain rods (I did in the sunroom!) In my living room, however, I have a wall with 12 feet of continuous windows.

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Do you know how much 144"+ curtain rods cost? The few I could find tended to be labeled 120"-170" rods, and cost around $50. Plus, they required four support brackets, which prevents you from storing your curtains on either side and fully drawing them. In this situation, the two middle brackets form a mid-section that can't be reached from side curtains due to the brackets blocking the curtains from moving in.

So I decided to make my own curtain rods. I needed something sturdy enough to stay level with only three brackets, but that could be purchased in small enough pieces to fit in my car. Thus, I came up with these DIY Wood Curtain Rods.

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DIY Wood Curtain Rods
Materials
  • 3/4" Dowel Rods- These come in 4 foot lengths. You'll need to get enough to cover the distance of your windows. For example, one set of windows was 11 feet long, so I purchased 3 dowel rods to span this distance. The other set of windows was 7 feet long, so I purchased two dowel rods for that space.
  • Curtain Rod Brackets- I used 3 per window since my windows were really wide. If you have narrower windows, you could probably get away with 2 braces per window.
  • Table Legs- These will be used as the finial/decorative piece on the end of the rod. Therefore, you'll need two per curtain rod.
  • Dowel Screws- Enough to connect all your dowel rods together. 
  • Wood Glue
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The Process
Step 1: Prep the Dowel Rods

I didn't need to do anything to my dowel rods, since together, they were the perfect length for my windows. But, if your dowel rods together are too long for your windows, you can cut them down to size.

Step 2: Connect the Dowel Rods

The dowel rods will be connected using a dowel rod screw. The ones I purchase were 1/4" diameter screws that were each 1 1/2" long. Therefore, I drilled holes in each edge of the dowel rod that would have a connection. I used a slightly smaller drill bit, 3/16", so the screw would still have opportunity to grip the wood.

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Then I screwed the screw into one of the rods as much as I could by hand. For the record, this wasn't very much.

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Finally, I inserted the other side of the screw into the other dowel rod, and screwed the rods together.

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This is really awkward, and you feel like you're doing a terrible job, since the two rods don't really seem straight. But they straighten out once the rods came together, and any crookedness can't really be seen.

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At the point where the rods are almost together (see above), I added some wood glue into the space between them. This just adds some extra support to the joint.

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I let the wood glue dry for 20-30 minutes before repeating this process for a third dowel rod.

Step 3: Prepare Finials

Those decorative balls on the end of curtain rods are apparently called finials, and I used table legs to make them on these curtain rods. I got these ones for about $3 a piece at Home Depot.

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They were 6" long, which was a bit too long for my purposes. So I cut them down using my miter saw at a point that felt natural.

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Then, on the newly cut edge, I used a spade bit to drill a 3/4" hole. Theoretically, this would be the exact same size as my dowel rod, and the dowel rod would fit snugly in the hole.

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My holes weren't perfect, so the fit was a little looser than I'd hoped. I put some wood glue in each hole to keep them in place.

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The downside of this is that the finial is no longer removable. Therefore, traditional curtain rings that slip over the rod before the finial is attached wont work with this setup. To get around this issue, I spray painted these two inch binder rings black, and used those as curtain rings. This had an unrealized benefit: binder rings are way cheaper than actual curtain rings, which are priced around 6-7 dollars for a set of 8. I got 50 binder rings for just a couple dollars more

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Step 4: Paint

If you're wondering if you could stain the rods instead of paint, the answer is yes. However, the seams will be a bit more obvious, since there won't be paint covering them up. Also, I'd recommend staining before assembling the rods instead of after, since wood glue can discolor the wood a bit, and staining really brings that out.

Step 4: Install Brackets and Add Curtains

If you're not sure how to install the brackets on your walls, check out this post here about hanging curtain rods. It's specifically for people with plasters walls, but drywall is not significantly different (you just have to use the provided drywall anchors a lot more often...)

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I am so pleased with how these turned out. I was a little concerned about if they'd hold the weight of my curtains; they're blackout curtains, so they're pretty heavy, but the curtain rod handles them just fine!

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I did this process for my smaller curtain window too. I actually think it looks even better there, since the seam is completely hidden by the middle support bracket!

I'm so glad I did this process; it was simple, and definitely cheaper than purchasing the super-long $50 curtain rods! If you liked this too, make sure to save it to Pinterest, and subscribe to my newsletter below; I'll be posting about the curtains in the above photos soon!

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Cheap and Easy, No-Sew DIY Curtains

I have a beautiful front room. It’s kind of why I bought this house.

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So many windows. So much sun. In the day, it’s lovely. But at night I feel like I’m on a stage, all lit up and surrounded by windows so that the neighbors can watch whatever performance I decide to deliver.

As a single girl living by myself, this was not okay.

So, my number one priority for curtains was that they be thick enough to provide significant privacy. They didn’t need to be blackout curtains, but I wanted something that would mostly obscure my silhouette. Thus, heavy and lined.

However, my number two priority for curtains was that they be cheap. I had three whole walls of windows to cover. Six long, wide curtains in total. Since most of the curtains that were heavy enough to provide privacy and long enough to be hung above the windows cost at least $50 per panel, I had a bit of a dilemma. I couldn’t afford to put out $300 in curtains, no matter how much they make me feel safer. So, then what?

I turned to Pinterest. But all my “cheap curtains” searches turned up sheets (too thin,) tablecloths (maybe?), and drop cloths. As drop cloths were the thickest, I went with them. But they shrunk in the wash, and didn’t bleach white, which left me back at the beginning, except now out $45 and stuck with a bunch of short, cream colored drop cloths.

So I bought some sheets. And then clipped the drop cloths to them and called it curtains. At less than $20 a panel, they came in around $120. I’ll take it.

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5-Minute, No-Sew, $20, Thick White Curtains
Materials (Per Panel)
  • One 9' x 6' drop cloth- I purchased mine from Harbor Freight
  • One Flat Sheet- I have tall ceilings, so needed my curtains to be extra long. Therefore, I purchased a queen sized sheet (the Mainstays Walmart Queen Sheet, to be exact.)
  • 6 Binder Clips
Step 1: Prep the Fabrics

For the drop cloths, I washed and bleached each one before starting. This made them super soft and more curtain-y. That being said, bleaching was probably unnecessary. Just washing them would probably soften and shrink them enough for this project, since they won’t really be seen.

The sheets were a bit less involved: I just washed them with hot water before starting.

Step 2: Cut Slits at Each End of the Sheet

At the top of the sheet there should be a two-layered section. At the each end of that section, I cut a 1 inch slit through the back layer. See picture below.

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This is where your curtain rod will enter/exit the sheet to hang it up.

Step 3: Clip Drop Cloth to Sheet

I used six binder clips to clip the drop cloth to each sheet. I clipped them on the back layer of the folded over part; the same part where I cut my slits.

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If you’re using 9’ x 6’ drop cloths, and Walmart queen sheets like I was, you’ll run out of drop cloth before you run out of sheet. I was fine with this, since the drop cloth alone was enough to cover my window. When bunched at the side of the window, you can’t tell some of the sheet isn't lined, and when the curtains are drawn, there is more than enough drop cloth to cover all the windows, so you still can’t tell, because the "unlined" section is still bunched at the wall. If your windows are too wide for this to work (aka, the curtain needs to cover more than 6’ of space), you might want to purchase actual fabric to line the sheets with (or try something else entirely.)

4. Hang curtains

If you have plaster walls and are unsure about how to hang curtain rods on them, check out my other post!

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But that's it. All done! Admittedly, they would probably be higher quality if I bothered to sew the drop cloths to the sheets like a real person-who-can-sew. But I had six sheets, I’m not that great at sewing, and that seemed like extra work. The binder clips can’t actually be seen, and they don’t annoy me enough when I’m opening and closing the curtains to make sewing seem worth the time.

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I’m more than pleased with the way they turned out. Full disclosure: They’re not quite as luxurious as the real, $300 billowing white curtains would have been, but for a third of the cost, I think they make an acceptable substitute. Did you try sheets or drop cloths as curtains? I’d love to hear about it. Or did you think of something else cheap and creative, in which case, please share in the comments below, because I would have loved to be able to think of more options when I was starting this project.

And if you’re planning out your curtains right now, check out my other curtain posts about how to hang curtains on plaster walls, super cute heart curtain ties, and why drop cloths make terrible curtains!

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7 Reasons Drop Cloths Make Terrible Curtains

So I have this room.

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It’s very sunny and pretty and dreamy. It’s kind of why I bought the house. Sitting in it makes me happy. Except there’s no furniture or anything interesting in the room at all at the moment, so sometimes I just go stand in there for a minute, staring out the windows and enjoying the sun. Is that weird?

Regardless, in my attempt to make this room functional, I’ve decided to add curtains. However, do you see how many windows there are? So many windows = lots of curtains. Except I don’t have $300 to blow on curtains, so I’ve spent the past two weeks experimenting with cheap curtains options. Aka, sheets and drop cloths.

While I eventually came up with something both pretty and functional, there was a whole lot of failure first, primarily with the drop cloths. So I decided to write this post to share with you all things the “Easy Drop Cloth DIY Curtains!!” Pinterest gurus don’t tell you. 

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7 Reasons Drop Cloths Make Terrible Curtains
1. They Shrink in the Wash

You’re probably thinking, “yeah, but not that much,” which is exactly what I thought before I started. No. They shrink an absurd amount. Here is the exact same 9’ x 12’ drop cloth, cut in half to fit in comfortably in my washer. The left side has been bleached and washed, the right side was about to go in.

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10 inches. The left half shrunk almost 10 inches in the wash. That is a considerable amount, and will definitely make these curtains shorter then you wanted if you have tall ceilings.

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2. Drop Cloth Lengths Aren't Uniform

Take a look a this drop cloth. It is supposed to be 9 feet long, aka 108 inches. We’re a good 3 inches short.

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I could get mad at Harbor Freight (where I bought the drop cloths) about this, but some googling and review reading seems to show this is a pretty common complaint among drop cloth purchasers, no matter the brand. And of the three that I used, only one cloth was the full length of 108 inches.

3. They Don't Function Well

If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you’ll know that I will always, always pick function over pretty. You can buy the prettiest desk, or drawer organizer, or curtain in the world, but if it doesn’t function well, you won’t use it, or you’ll try use it and end up with a giant ugly mess. How an item functions is 100% the most important thing I consider before I buy or make something, and in my humble opinion, should be for everyone.

Drop cloths take effort to make look pretty. All those pretty pictures of drop cloth curtains you see on the internet were after a blogger spent 30 minutes arranging them *just so*. That is not something you’re going to want to do every single time you open and close your curtains. So, if you plan on actually using your curtains for privacy and to block light, be aware they will look much less attractive with regular use.

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4) Drop Cloths Don't Bleach to White

Or at least, not reliably. I think I’ve read six or seven different blog posts about bleaching drop cloths. In every single one, there were mixed results in the comments section, with some people getting a perfectly white cloth, while others ended up with something even uglier than they started with. Maybe this depends on the drop cloth makeup (100% cotton seems to help) or the bleach used, or maybe it’s based on whether you have a magic fairy waving her wand at your washing machine as you bleach your drop cloths.

I don’t know. What I do know, is that my drop cloths were supposedly 100% cotton, I used a ton of bleach, and left my drop cloths soaking in the washing machine overnight. They got lighter, for sure. But not white. If I wanted a cream color, they’d be perfect. But when I tried hanging them in my space, they just seemed dingy compared to the white trim and blush walls.

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I’m not saying you can’t get your drop cloths white. I’m just saying it’s an unreliable process that depends on a bunch of different factors, so if you were hoping to get 6 uniformly white panels to make into curtains, start praying.

5. Drop Cloths Don't Work Well Outside

Drop cloths are intended to soak up moisture. That’s the point. So if you intend for your drop cloth curtains to live outdoors, know that they will mildew. Washing them frequently could help, and there may be products that help the drop cloths resist this, but it will not be the simple “hang up and be done” project you were hoping for.

6. They're Thin

You can see right through drop cloths – even the heavy duty ones. If you were hoping for curtains that darken your room or block people from seeing shadows in your house at night, these are not it. You’ll need to layer the drop cloth with another fabric to make them opaque enough for privacy or room-darkening.

7. There Are Equally Affordable Better Options

So, lets say you’ve decided to go through with drop cloth curtains. You’ll plan on one 9’ x 12’ drop cloth per panel, either to account for shrinkage when washed, or to fold in half to have a thicker 9’ x 6’ panel. Harbor Freight, a discount tool supply store with bargain prices, sells 9’ x 12’ drop cloths for $15.99. Even with the 20% off coupon that Harbor Freight distributes, you’re looking at $30 for a pair of curtains.

Ikea curtains come in two, longer-than-normal lengths: 98” and 118.” They have a pretty robust selection of 98” curtains for under $30, with at least one of those being blackout curtains. If you need longer, you can get 118” curtains for $40. As a result, if you’re going with drop cloth curtains to save money, know that you’re not saving much if there’s an Ikea style that suits your room.

But Maybe...

Maybe, if you were using your curtains in an indoor area with 8 foots ceilings, where they won't be regularly opened and closed, don't really need to block much light, and you don't mind hemming the curtains so they're all the same length, drop cloth curtains could be an easy, economical choice. Alternatively, I used drop cloths as liners for the curtains in my office - they actually turned out pretty nice, adding volume and privacy to the budget sheets I ended up going with.

I don’t want to imply that drop cloths should never be used as curtains – I just wanted to make you aware of some of difficulties they come with them. Just remember the issues above, and make sure your plan will work despite those things. You don’t want to get home, wash your drop cloths, and then find that they’re too short to use but can’t be returned!

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How to Hang Curtains on Plaster Walls

I hate hanging curtain rods. I think this comes from when I was living in this super old house in San Jose. One day, I was just minding my own business in my bedroom, when the curtain rod next to my bed suddenly crashed to the floor. All that remained on the wall were two gaping holes in the plaster where screws apparently used to be.

After a significant amount of googling, multiple phone calls to my father, and $20 in different sized molly bolts purchased at Home Depot, I managed to rehang the curtain rod. It was a giant hassle, and not a terribly pleasant introduction to hanging things on plaster walls.

So when I was faced with an entire room of windows to curtain in my future office, all I could feel was dread. Three different curtain rods, each with three brackets, into plaster walls. I wanted to cry. But since there was no curtain fairy around my house to hang curtain rods for me, I eventually found my fake positive attitude and did it myself.

It went super smoothly, and mid-way through I realized it’s actually easier to hang curtain rods on plaster walls than drywall. So I decided to write this nice post about my super successful curtain rod hanging method, and why hanging curtain rods on plaster walls is actually awesome!

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Plaster Vs. Drywall: A Short Note

The curtain+curtain rod combo is heavy enough that in an ideal situations, your brackets would go into wood. In the typical, recently-built house, this means getting your screws through the drywall and into a stud. However, studs are only found every 16-24 inches, so it’s unlikely there would be one everywhere you want to put a bracket. To make up for this, we put molly bolts into the wall to support the screw in lieu of a stud. In a house with drywall, you’re going to need molly bolts for most of your brackets. These typically come with the curtain rod, for the record.

However, in older houses with plaster walls, the plaster is supported by lath, strips of wood that look like this:

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While I wouldn’t trust this wood to support super heavy things (like a TV), it’s more than enough for some curtains. Meaning: if you drill your holes and hit lath, you don’t need a molly bolt! You put your screw straight into the lath and trust it to hold up your curtain rods.

Now, you won’t always hit lath, so you’ll still need to use a couple molly bolt for the occasional screw. But that is much preferable than for every single screw/bracket.

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The Easy Way to Hang Curtains on Plaster Walls

Note: I was using these curtain rods that I purchased off Amazon. I had a lot of big windows to cover, so a four pack of 120" long curtain rods was perfect for me (and the best value I could find!) They were super sturdy (and yes, I dropped them multiple times), and only required three brackets (not four,) which I think makes it easier to move the curtains. If you have a bunch of windows to cover, I'd at least take a look at them!

Step 1: Mark the Spot for the Bracket

I was hanging my curtains 100 inches above the ground. I marked where that was, then put my bracket up and marked where the holes should go.

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If you're hanging your curtains high and wide like everyone says to do, make sure there is enough space for the finial (ball thing at end). Mine was dangerously close to hitting the wall.

Step 2: Drill Top Hole

I drilled the top hole first (check your instructions for the drill bit size, mine was 3/16”,) noting if I hit lath or not. I’ve found that plaster really dulls my drill bits, to the point where they struggle to go through wood after being used on plaster. As a result, it’s super obvious when I hit lath, because my drill bit resists moving further. If there’s not lath, my drill bit suddenly lurches into the wall when I finish drilling through the plaster.

Of the 18 holes I drilled to install my three curtain rods, I hit lath fifteen times, and was required to use a molly bolt on the other three holes.

I’ve written two different instructions based on if you encounter lath or not, read what you need!

If You Hit Lath:
Step 3: Add Screw

If you hit lath, you can add your screw directly into the wall. I didn’t screw the screw in all the way, so that I could take the hanger on and off to drill the second hole. Once the lower screw and bracket were in place, I tightened this top screw.

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If You Don't Hit Lath:
Step 3: Insert a Molly Bolt Into the Hole

Molly bolts are typically provided with the curtain rod. They look like this:

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Take one and insert it into the hole you’ve already drilled. You’ll need to gently hammer it into place. If, even after hammering, it doesn’t fit (aka, the bolt crushes instead of sliding into the hole) grab a drill bit slightly larger than the one you were using, and enlarge the hole. Be careful! The hole doesn’t need to be huge, just a little bit larger, so that a molly bolt will fit when you hammer.

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Step 3.5: Add Screw

I don’t tighten the screw all the way yet, so that I can still add/remove the bracket to mark and drill the second hole.

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Step 4: Dry Fit Bracket and Mark Second Hole Hole

I then placed my bracket on the first screw, and marked where my second hole should go. It typically was a little different from where I first marked in step 1, which was totally okay. It’s why I always did this step to double check before I drilled the second hole.

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I'm about to mark the second hole!

Step 5: Drill Second Hole and Add Screw

See steps 2 and 3 based on if you hit lath or plaster. Note that when you add the screw this time, you should be holding the bracket in place.

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The plaster cracked a bit when I was drilling the second hole. Not a big deal- the hanger will cover this up.

Step 6: Repeat for Other Brackets

I had three support brackets per rod.

Step 7: Add Finials to Curtain Rod

Most just screw in.

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Step 8: Add Curtains and Place Rod on Brackets. Secure.

Tighten the screws on the brackets to secure the rod in place!

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All done!

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I’d been dreading hanging up these curtain rods for weeks, but it was done in less than two hours! Hanging (light) things on plaster walls is not nearly as difficult as I was imagining; the lath makes things so much easier! I’m almost looking forward to hanging the curtains the curtains in the living room (well, not dreading, at least.) If you haven’t already, check out my super cute curtain tiebacks! The hearts make them perfect for Valentine's Day, but if you have a a pink room like I do, they're great year round.

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Easy DIY Curtain Ties | Valentine’s Day Decor

I am not a Valentine’s Day fan. I’m not sure if it comes from my teaching years of having to deal with massive teddy bears and ostentatious balloon bouquets invading my classroom, or my complete dislike of signing 30 stupid Valentine’s cards in elementary school, but it’s not my thing.

I find Valentine’s Day decor even more distasteful than Valentine’s Day itself. Most of it is gaudy, with clashing pink and red hearts and cheesy sayings that we don’t notice looks bad because we’re so used to seeing it. Plus it costs a fortune for something so completely unnecessary. Gag me.

But.. I’m a DIY blogger. And I have a pink office. And so, here you go, readers. DIY Curtain Ties. My one, single, obligatory Valentine’s Day decor project. I will promote this post for every Valentine’s Day to come. Let’s never speak of this again.

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Valentine's Day DIY Curtain Ties
Materials and Tools
  • 1/4" Sisal Rope
  • Scrap Wood
  • Staple Gun + Staples
  • Paint
  • Hot Glue + Hot Glue Gun
  • Jigsaw
Step 1: Cut Out Heart

I started by drawing a heart on the scrap wood. Not going to lie, I am terrible at drawing, so it took three or four tries to get a decent heart.

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Then, using my jigsaw, I cut out the heart. I went super slowly so that I was able to trace the heart as accurately as possible.

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Step 2: Paint Hearts

When I painted my office, I purchased three different sample "blush" colors to test on the walls. I used one of those leftover samples (Behr's "Stolen Kiss") to paint the hearts.

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I did sand the hearts just a little bit before painting. The wood had been sitting on my porch for awhile, so it was pretty rough. Sanding smoothed all that out and made the wood a perfect surface for painting!

Step 3: Add Rope

Before actually cutting, I took the rope over to my curtain and tested what length would be appropriate. For me, a 40" long rope was perfect; both large enough that my heart easily fit through the opening, but small enough to contain the curtain. Check your curtain!

After cutting the rope, I attached it to the heart. I started by securing it with a dollop of hot glue.

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Then I added two staples with my staple gun to make sure the rope was extra secure. This might not be necessary; I'm honestly not sure. If you don't have a staple gun and decide to try and make these, I'd love to know if the hot glue alone is enough to keep the rope attached to the hearts long-term.

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And that's it! DIY curtain ties, done! Now I can officially pretend to be a cutesy blogger who decorates for minor holidays. Or, alternatively, a girl who happens to have some heart curtain ties in her pink office. If you make these, for Valentine's Day or otherwise, let me know how it goes! 

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30-Minute DIY Embroidery Hoop Ornaments

I am an ornament snob. Not like most ornament snobs, who have perfectly color-coordinated and beautifully decorated trees. No, my ornament-snobbishness takes a different form. Every single ornament on my tree has a story, and if it doesn’t have a story, it’s not going on the tree. Some stories are simple “xyz gave this to me for Christmas in 2001” or “I inherited this strange Charlie Brown set from my grandmother.” Others are a bit more complex: “My fifth grade crush made me this Santa Clause light bulb for a Secret Santa gift, and I still hang it on my tree 18 years later. Also- he worked really hard on it, and I totally missed the hint.”

So for a new ornament to get on the tree, it has to have a story. Aka, I can’t just buy it; it has to be a gift or something I’ve made. Luckily, I love making ornaments, so this doesn’t hinder my tree-decoration too much.

This is the third ornament I’ve made this year; the Wooden Block Snowman Ornament, and the Scrap Wood Pet Ornament both turned out really well, so I was hoping to make this three for three. Go check out the other two if you’re on the lookout for easy DIY ornaments!

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30 Minute DIY Embroidery Hoop Ornaments
Materials
  • Two 3" Embroidery Hoops- I bought this 10-pack from Amazon
  • Stain or Spray Paint
  • Twine
Step 0: Stain the Embroidery Hoops (Optional)

If you’re staining your ornament instead of spray paint, you’ll want to stain the wood before assembling the ornament. That way, it’s easy to reach all the parts with a brush. Alternatively, if you’re spray painting the ornaments, it’s easier to do that at the end.

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Step 1: Assemble Ornament

This looks hard, but it's really not. Start by disassembling two embroidery hoops, so you end up with four separate circles.

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Put one of the circles without screws into the other, so that your structure looks like this:

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Added a screwed piece, and tighten the screw as much as you can:

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Add the last (screwed) piece around the three circles you’ve already attached. Tighten the screw as much as you can.

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Step 2: Spray Paint

I always spray paint small things in a cardboard box. It does a decent job of keeping the paint contained.

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I used a Rustoleum Universal "aged copper" color that I had around the house!

Step 3: Add Twine Hanger

I just slipped a medium sized piece of twine (I eyeballed the length) through the top part of the ornament and tied a knot. Done!

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When I put aside time to make these ornaments, I gave myself three hours. They were done in thirty minutes. Talk about a quick and easy project that will help you decorate your house for the season! If you think you might make it, take a second to save this post to Pinterest so you can find it later!

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3 Step DIY Scrap Wood Ornament

You love your pets and think they’re deserving of a spot on your tree too, right? But maybe you’ve already made salt dough paw print ornaments. Or know that those take forever, and don’t want to put the time into them. Well, this is a quick, easy alternative, and I’ve already done most of the work for you!

All you have to do is cut some paper and stain some plywood, and you’re good to go! As an extra bonus, the ornaments turn out super cute despite your very minimal effort! Win!

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3 Step Super Cute Scrap Wood Pet Ornament
Materials
  • Twine
  • 1/4" Plywood
  • Stain
  • Sticker Paper- I used this paper from Amazon. It's removable, which is nice in that if you place your sticker crookedly (which I am very much known to do,) you can easily fix it!
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Step 1: Print and Cut Out Pet Shapes

I have helpfully made a word document that has the paw print, dog bone, and cat face already on it. All you need to do is download it, open it up, and change the names inside to match your pet!

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Once you've printed out the document, cut out each of the shapes. I like to use embroidery scissors to do intricate cutting; it just always seems more precise than a large pair!

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Note how I cut out the paw print. Ultimately, you'll cut out each of the pieces separately, but keeping them together for now will help us align the piece later.

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Step 2: Prepare the Wood

I used a miter saw to cut my plywood into squares. You could also use a jigsaw or circular saw to do the cutting if you don't have a miter saw, but beware, if you do that, this suddenly becomes a bit longer of a project.

For the paw prints, the squares had sides of about 3", while the squares for the bone and cat face were a bit smaller at 2 5/8" per side.

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I then used my drill to cut holes at the top of the plywood.

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Then stained the plywood with Minwax's English Chestnut, which is something I had around the house. I've stained this plywood before, and knew exactly how it would turn out, but if that's not the case for you, you might want to test your stain on a scrap piece of wood to make sure it's a) the right color, and b) doesn't need wood conditioner.

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Step 3: Assemble the Ornament

For the dog bone and cat face, this is as simple as placing the cut-out sticker onto the wood and threading some twine through the hole.

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For the pawprints, I made a light pencil outline of the print on the wood before I finished cutting it out. This gave me a guide when arranging the ovals so that the paw print looked right.

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You can't see the outline I drew at all, but I swear it's there! Once I'd drawn the outline, I finished cutting out the paw print, and placed each piece on the wood, using the outline I'd drawn as a placement guide.

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I made hangers out of twine and a basic knot, and then hung the ornaments on the tree!

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Isn't that easy? And they turned out adorable! I wanted to make one for every family I knew that had a pet… but it turns out I don’t know that many people with pets, so instead I have memorial pet ornaments for all the pets who have crossed the rainbow bridge. Whatever works, right? I hope you enjoy them!

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