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!?!?
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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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SUPPLIES- everything 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.
P.S. – Hanging curtain rod hardware can be tricky – you want the brackets to be evenly spaced and the rod to be level. Watch this quick video to see my little “hack” to ensure perfectly hung curtains every single time:
UPDATE: When we moved out of our rental home, I took this curtain rod with us! I shortened it and hung it in my bedroom – using 3 brackets instead of 4!
Part 2: How to Make Blue 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.