Save TONS of money on drapery with these DIY no-sew drop cloth curtains. Make easy and inexpensive curtains and a DIY curtain rod on a tiny budget.
I’m going to admit a shameful fact here: we went almost three years in this house without living room curtains. I know, I know. I don’t know why, but I seem to be completely incapable of making decisions about this one room. Why!?!?
But I am happy to report that I did finally commit to curtains, and of course they were a DIY project.
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Here’s everything that I used to dye and hang these No-Sew Drop Cloth Curtains:
- Long wood dowel
- 4 wood brackets – the super cheap ones (like under $2) from the home improvement store
- hole saw
- wood dowel(s) – I used 2 and joined them together at a bracket
- dowel screws
- wire brush
- wood stain – I used a combination of Golden Oak and Early American
- medium gray chalk paint
- 2 large drop cloths (6×9 is a good size for these style curtains)
- Blue fabric dye – I used this kind
- Drapery Clip Rings
Part 1: DIY Curtain Rod
I fell in love with this DIY curtain rod tutorial from Maison De Pax, and I knew just what I had to do.
I know the hole saw looks intimidating, but it’s really easy to use. First I stained the wood brackets and dowel with a mix of Golden Oak and Early American. Then I distressed with chalk paint and more Early American stain.
By going the DIY route, I saved a TON of money
Part 2: Dye and Hang Drop Cloth Curtains
I really liked using this kind of fabric dye to get the just right shade of blue on my curtains.
Fair Warning: Don’t even try to do this in a plastic tub. It makes a HUGE mess, and will lead to uneven dyeing of your fabric. Just use the washing machine. Add salt and the fabric dye to a hot water cycle. Be sure to bleach out your washing machine after!
I also ordered drapery rings, which saved me the hassle of having to add grommets!
Be sure to select a drop cloth at least a foot longer in length than you need. This way you can fold over the top of the panel, eliminating the need to sew a bottom hem. I like my curtains to just touch the floor, but it’s all personal preference.