Drapes are often the last thing people think about when decorating a space, but they make a big impact when done well. If your room has a lot of windows, finding window treatments can be stressful and costly. Think about how you want the space to look then consider making some DIY curtains instead.
These DIY curtain ideas pull in a wide range of design styles and techniques. Most of the tutorials can be completed in a couple of hours, and a few even claim they can be done in ten minutes or less. Pick a set of drapes that will coordinate with your space and get inspired!
01 of 14
Learn How to Hem a Curtain Panel
Hemming curtain panels that are too long is a common to-do when making or purchasing drapes. The good news is that you don't need a sewing machine to get the job done. This tutorial will show you how to make and hem DIY curtains using double-sided fabric tape.
02 of 14
Add a Pom Pom Trim
To make a pair of curtains look more whimsical, consider adding a pom pom trim. You can choose a variety of fabrics and colors depending on your design taste. These white curtains with a black pom pom edging make the entire room look more polished.
03 of 14
Roll up Some Fabric to Create a Valance
This shade design could technically roll down and cover the entire window, but it's meant to be stationary. The addition of fabric to the top of a window can soften a space and add some much needed interest. All you need to get started is a curtain rod, a sheet of fabric and some rope or ribbon.
04 of 14
Cover Kitchen Windows With Cafe Curtains
Cafe curtains cover half the window and work well in space where you might want some privacy but a lot of light too. An easy way to make cafe curtains for your kitchen is to cut down a pair of long drapes you already own. You'll need an iron and some iron-on bonding tape to tackle this tutorial.Continue to 5 of 14 below.
05 of 14
Add a Fabric Accent to the Top of Drapery Panels
If you don't mind the function of stationary drapery panels, you can hang them to a valance relatively quickly using a staple gun. The crafter also uses safety pins to create a fabric accent at the top of the window treatments.
06 of 14
Turn a Tablecloth Into a Kitchen Valance
Tablecloths tend to have fun patterns that would work well in a kitchen area as a window treatment. Check your existing stock of tablecloths or head to a thrift store for some inspiration. If you want to put the valance above the sink, a tension rod will work between cabinets so you don't have to drill into the wall.
07 of 14
Use Sheets to Make Farmhouse-Style Curtains
Purchasing a pair of farmhouse curtains can get expensive. They can also be relatively difficult to keep clean. Instead of fussing with curtains that can shrink, consider using a pair of flat sheets. Sheets are easy to wash, steam and hang.
08 of 14
Stencil a Drop Cloth for an Updated Look
An inexpensive way to update existing curtains is by using a stencil and fabric paint on solid fabric. To make the curtains appear more rustic, consider stenciling on drop cloth fabric that looks and feels like canvas.Continue to 9 of 14 below.
09 of 14
Put Together a Privacy Screen for the Bathroom
If you need to add privacy to a bathroom window, consider a privacy screen instead of a standard set of curtains. This way there are no gaps that nosy neighbors or passers-by can peek through. Pick a fabric that is slightly transparent so that the light will still filter through into the space.
10 of 14
Use Tea Towels or Napkins as a Window Treatment
If you need a really fast and eclectic looking window treatment, consider using some colorful napkins or tea towels. Simply attach curtain ring clips to the corners of the napkins and hang on a curtain rod.
11 of 14
Stick on Some Vinyl to Make Polka Dots
This non-messy curtain tutorial utilizes heat transfer vinyl instead of paint to create a polka dot pattern. The project takes half the time because there is no waiting for paint to dry. Just be sure to measure your lines carefully, so you don't set the polka dots on a slant.
Also, read about the 12 ways to DIY your own roman shades.
12 of 14
Tie-Dye a Pair of Curtains for a Bohemian Look
Once you have your basic curtains made or purchased, think about how you can upgrade them to better fit with the style of your home. Tie-dying is an easy and affordable option for anyone looking to add eclectic or bohemian flair to a room.Continue to 13 of 14 below.
13 of 14
Paint on Horizontal Stripes Using Acrylic Paint
To give your living room a nautical feel, consider a pair of DIY no-sew curtains that have horizontal stripes in navy and white. You can achieve this look by painting a pair of white drapes with navy acrylic paint.
14 of 14
Use a Curtain Panel as a Room Divider
One innovative way to use no-sew curtains is as a room divider. This tutorial will work well if you have an awkward opening that you'd like blocked off, like the entrance to a laundry room. Gather a tension rod, clip rings and some fabric to get a head start on this project.