One of the best ways to freshen your space is by changing the window treatments. Hanging new curtains is a great way to breathe new life into a space, but curtain rods and decorative hardware can be expensive. If you are on a budget but don’t want to sacrifice style, read on for a creative DIY tip that will allow you to customize your curtain rods.
Buying new curtain rods can be costly. Many of us have a mishmash of old window hardware from previous abodes that does not match but is perfectly useful. A quick coat of spray paint can unify mismatched curtain rods, or you can even spray paint a long wooden dowel rod for another low-budget fix.
The finishing touch on curtain rods is matching finials. Like bookends they frame your window treatments and function as accessories in the room. Even basic finials purchased at a craft store cost close to $10 a pair. For only a couple of dollars, you can make your own. Best of all, you can customize your finials to match your décor. This is a simple project that offers endless customizable options.
• 1 package of 6 wooden “dowel caps” purchased for $1.50 at Hobby Lobby. (They have all different sizes and shapes and the dowel caps are predrilled. If you are even thriftier, you could actually make your entire curtain rod setup from scratch using dowel rods and caps from the craft department.)
• Black craft paint
• Modeling clay
• 1 drinking straw
First, paint dowel caps desired color and embellish. You could hot-glue a mother of pearl button to the end of each cap or a crystal bauble or keep the whole effect minimal. Don’t be afraid to play with scale and go bigger, or smaller. Now is the time to experiment, when the budget and stakes are small.
Next, insert a small ball of clay into the opening in the dowel cap. Depending on the circumference of your curtain rod, you may be able to affix the painted cap directly onto the rod. Insert firmly and allow clay to set up. For most situations, the clay is enough, but if you are worried about the sticking power of the clay, insert a few drops of a heavy-duty adhesive into the cavity along with the clay.
If the diameter of your curtain rod is greater than the diameter of the dowel cap opening, follow these additional steps:
- Cut drinking straws into segments (use your best judgment- the deeper your dowel, the longer the straw needs to be).
- Insert a drop of glue into the hollow part of the dowel cap.
- Fill hole with clay.
- Insert straw into clay.
- Insert clay into hollow part of curtain rod.
- Jam dowel cap and straw into clay- sealing the two objects together.
- Let dry.
Depending on how many finials you need to make, the cost per finial can be as low as $1.00 each, making this a true bargain and an excellent canvas for showcasing your creative designs.