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It’s hard to believe that we are nearing the end of the One Room Challenge! Although I’ve had some setbacks, I am happy that I managed to complete 2 DIY projects for the room this week. I shared my Color Block Art a few days ago and today I’m going to share how I made some DIY Drop Cloth Curtains with a painted brush stroke pattern on them.
Since I was on a tight budget, I knew that I needed to find a super frugal way to make curtains. I have always heard of people making curtains out of drop cloths, so I decided to give it a try. I wanted to add a little interest to jazz the curtains up, so I did a brush stroke pattern on the drop cloth before making it into curtains. The pattern is super subtle, but I think it really works in this space!
How To Make DIY Drop Cloth Curtains
Here is what you will need to make some drop cloth curtains:
There are a few different sizes of drop cloths, so just choose the one that best fits your window. I decided to do just one panel per window and I think each drop cloth cost about $6 each. Pretty awesome for some super thick and durable curtains!
I washed and dried my drop cloths to make them a little softer and to get rid of most of the wrinkles. Then, I make a rough stencil for my brush strokes out of cardboard. I just marked on a piece of cardboard the approximate length of the brush strokes. I made marks on another piece to estimate the spacing. Then, I just painted a stroke along the cardboard. Make sure you put a tarp under your drop cloth because the paint will bleed through the back!
Next, I cut and hemmed the bottom of the curtain. I sewed mine on the sewing machine but you could also use fabric tape. I find sewing to be faster and easier, but I know some people are intimidated by a sewing machine, so fabric tape works too! I hung my drop cloth using curtain ring clips, which made it super simple and easy!
After the curtains were hung, I made folds and steamed it while it was folded. This makes it look nice when I’m pulling the curtain back and forth.
These DIY Drop Cloth Curtains are such an easy and inexpensive option if you are on a budget! Anyone can do it!
Check out my other One Room Project Posts here!