An easy, cost-effective way to shade your patio and create privacy fashionably
I searched the internet high and low for outdoor curtains and curtain rods, but the prices were very high and we weren't willing to pay to have fancy, automated roll down blinds.
One day I thought to myself, "I have sewn my own costumes and have crafted many pieces, why not just make my own curtains instead?"
And thus the DIY, no-sew outdoor curtain project was brought to life. I found outdoor, water-resistant fabric on Amazon that sold by the yard, but couldn't quite find the curtain rods at the affordable price that I wanted. I knew there had to be some way to make my own rods, but when I tried searching "rods" on Lowe's website I could only come up with expensive copper piping and wood dowels. Sometimes you just need to go to the store and talk to a live human....
CONDUIT was the solution of my dreams. The rods are in the electrical supplies and cost a mere $2.30 for 10 feet. A salesman quickly pointed me in the right direction, and they even sold the mounting brackets pictured below in the same section.
The best news of all? The whole project, which consisted of four curtains, heat-adhesive, two conduit rods, mounts, and screws cost me only about $65! I mean, seriously, you can't beat it! An individual curtain rod set alone might set you back $24.99 at the cheapest. I had struck gold. And you can, too, just follow the easy instructions below....
You will need:
- Outdoor fabric (choose from a variety of prints on Amazon)
- Heat bond adhesive iron-on tape (look for a medium-heat setting)
- Wood screws
- Pole mounts (such as those shown below)
- Screwdriver to fit screws purchased
***These instructions follow the ones of the heat bond adhesive. If you order a different kind, follow those instructions for ironing instead!
1. Measure the height of the curtain you will need, add approximately 8 inches to allow for fold over. Make sure you order enough fabric (basic math required here).
2. Measure the length of conduit you will need. If you don't have a hacksaw to cut the rod if it needs to be shorter, ask if your hardware store will do it for you.
3. Cut your fabric into individual curtain sections, based on your previous measurements. It helps if you have a large table to spread out on.
4. Preheat iron on medium setting. Lay out one piece of cloth (your first curtain) and fold over approximately 3-4 inches of fabric to get a gauge of where you are putting down your heat adhesive.
6. Iron slowly across the length of adhesive, about 2 seconds per section.
9. Once folded, iron very slowly across fabric, about 6 seconds per section. Repeat until you have ironed the entire length of curtain. Let cool completely. Check to make sure that adhesive bonded by lightly lifting fabric at seam (do not pull hard).
10. Repeat for all remaining curtains.
12. Slide your awesome new curtains onto rod. I put two curtains on each rod to frame the patio opening.
The final step:
Stand back and enjoy your home-made, affordable patio curtains! They look great don't they?
DIY tip: You would be able to do these kind of curtains for the indoors as well. Just buy a Rustoleum spray paint to dress up the conduit rod, select decorative end pieces for the rod, and purchase decorative curtain rod holders instead of the basic metal ones.