The following article was
written by Ashley Palmer.
can add a fun flare to any room, and with this inexpensive trick, anyone can pull it off. Not only can you
be sure that your curtains are wool-free if you DIY, you'll also save some money
and give your home a mini-makeover. The best part: No sewing machine required!
before we begin, let's take a look at what my living room looked like prior to
my DIY project:
Get Your Measurements Before
you head to the store, be sure to measure the size of your window.
Let's Go ShoppingAfter
you've got your measurements marked down, you're ready to go shopping! Check
out local discount stores for the best deals, such as T.J. Maxx, Ross, and HomeGoods, and scout out curtain rods with decorative ends. I was able to score
mine for less than $15!
head on over to the bedding aisle, and find a color (or print) that you like—in
bed sheets. You'll have to find two of the same set, in the same size, because
we're going to turn the flat sheets into curtains! (If you're worried about
what you'll do with the fitted sheet and pillowcases, some stores sell flat
sheets by themselves. I just saw them at IKEA for $7 each in just about every
Time to DecorateOnce
you've got your materials, you're ready to start decorating! Just remove the
flat sheets from the packaging and carefully undo the seams at the two top
corners of the fabric (this is where the rod will slide through). You'll need
to iron those bad boys to get them looking good, and then you're good to go!
The Handy Work I
don't have an electric drill, so my dutiful husband used a screwdriver to
manually insert the screws for the curtain rod (what a trooper!). I placed my
curtain rod very close to the ceiling; this gives the illusion of a bigger
space, and it also eliminated the need to have to hem the curtains! If your
curtains are a bit long and you don't like the "puddled" look,
consider buying some hemming tape at your local craft store.
you've got your rod in place, you can slide on your new "curtains"
and call it a day! Now sit back, relax, and enjoy your "new room,"
courtesy of your hard work and creativity.
take a look at the difference these curtains (and a bit of simple artwork) made
to my living room:
you have any animal-friendly, DIY home improvement tricks up your sleeve? Share
them in the comments below!
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