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.

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

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

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.

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

Halfway!

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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!

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

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