How To Make A Curtain Rod

A couple of weeks ago I shared a little peek at my Master Bedroom in progress. VERY in progress. Like our living room, we have south facing windows in here and it gets HOT, which means curtains were in the “not-optional” category. So when Porch and Hickory Hardware asked me to join eight other bloggers to share an “Out of the Box” way to use hardware, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. Today I’m sharing one of the first projects from this room: How to Make A Curtain Rod, and it’s SO easy. Besides waiting for a little paint and stain to dry, takes about 10 minutes and there are only three supplies.

Create your own custom curtain rods with 3 supplies and for under $10 each! | MyFabulessLife.com

You’ll Need:

Dowels (I used a 1″ thick) cut down to your desired length
Pipe straps — found in the pipe section at the hardware store. They come 4 in a package for about $2.00
Knobs — I love these! In fact, I’ll be ordering a few more for my nightstands
Super glue, wood glue, or hot glue
Stain (optional)
Spray paint (optional)

Create your own custom curtain rods with 3 supplies and for under $10 each! | MyFabulessLife.com

A little note (there’s always a note), I used a 1″ dowel and 1″ pipe strap, but I would probably use a pipe strap about 1/4 – 1/2″ smaller than your dowel so that the dowel doesn’t slide back and forth when you open and close the curtains.

To put the rod together, I spray painted the pipe straps to better match the knobs, and then stained the dowel–that part is obviously optional. Then measure where you want your rod to sit on the wall and screw the pipe straps into the wall at each end.dowel-curtain-rod

Once the stain has dried, slide the curtains onto the dowel and then slide the dowel through your pipe straps–hang the curtain basically ;) Don’t add the knobs until the end or it won’t fit through the pipe straps. Once the curtain is hung, you can glue the knobs onto the ends with wood glue, super glue, or even hot glue. OR, if you don’t want to stand there and hold the knobs on while you wait for the glue to dry, you can glue a thumbtack to the back of the knob and then stick it into the end of the dowel.

Create your own custom curtain rods with 3 supplies and for under $10 each! | MyFabulessLife.com

That’s it! Pretty easy, huh? And you can totally customize the look to match the finishes and hardware in your room.

Create your own custom curtain rods with 3 supplies and for under $10 each! | MyFabulessLife.com

Create your own custom curtain rods with 3 supplies and for under $10 each! | MyFabulessLife.com

A big thank you to Porch.com and Hickory Hardware for providing the hardware for this project. If you’re unfamiliar with Porch, be sure to head over and check it out. It’s an awesome website for everything home: advice, where to find professionals, and TONS of inspiration.

And also make sure to check out all of the other fabulously creative projects from this series!

Create your own custom curtain rods with 3 supplies and for under $10 each! | MyFabulessLife.com

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