“All I want is curtains that are really really nice, cost almost nothing, and take like 5 minutes of work. Is that so hard?”
That’s what I said to Chris the other night as I sat on the floor trying to make my new curtains at 10 pm . I was getting frustrated and thought that I’d screwed it up royally and would have to end up forking over big money for “real” curtains just to stop my obsessing over it.
Real curtains? Who needs em! My hot glue took care of me just fine.
These curtains started out life as two $13 clearance shower curtains from Target. And they’re not pink like they look in these pictures. They actually look really perfect with the rug we have. In real life, not in these impossible-to-get-right pictures, of course.
When we moved in, the living room had these floaty white curtains that just weren’t working for me. I stole them away for Kennedy’s room and decided that I’d just wait until I was ready to buy yards and yards of really expensive fabric and make some good curtains for myself.
I couldn’t take it though. Couldn’t take feeling like we were just sort of squatting in our living room and had stuck our things in there willy nilly. Curtains make it feel so much more dressed and finished, even if it’s totally not. So much more homey and inviting with the cold weather coming.
So I split the shower curtains down the middle, folded and ironed the unfinished edge and hot glued it shut. Well, honestly I tried to sew it, cause I thought it might actually be a bit quicker, but my machine was jamming up on me and this was no time to get finicky about things. Hot glue just never fails me!
For the tops, I’d been looking to buy some ring clips, but the fact that they’re about $8 a pack and I’d be needing 4 packs kind of went against the whole “cost almost nothing” criteria I had. I like what I did so much better too!
I just took a little pair of nail scissors and cut the existing shower curtain ring holes a tiny bit bigger, since I had a pretty thin curtain rod up there already. I went around the entire hole with hot glue to seal it and you can’t even see it! I love the way they hang now too!
I thought about adding some length to the bottom. I’ve always thought of myself as a curtain puddler, but I kind of like the shorter length for now. Actually I really like it. It feels neat and tidy and doesn’t overwhelm this cozy corner of the room.
So there you have it. The easiest way possible to make (decently nice) curtains, and really, I swear they’re not pink.
If you’re feeling like a bit of a go-getter today, Beth at Unskinny Boppy did a tiny bit fancier version of this that you can try too.