How to Make Outdoor Curtain Panels
From Drop ClothsDave and I love the look of outdoor curtain panels. Not only do they add a whimsical, breezy look to your porch or patio, but they can also provide needed shade.
Learn from Traci, author of Beneath My Heart, how to make your own affordable porch curtains from simple drop cloths - like the kind you buy at Home Depot or Lowe's. Then see how our reader, Lori Lawson, made her own curtains using this tutorial.
Learn to Make These Drop Cloth Curtains
What a difference these curtains make to Traci's patio.
Traci is a self-proclaimed drop cloth expert. She has made living room curtains and slipcovers from drop cloths. And then she made outdoor curtain panels for her patio.
Why drop cloths? Traci loves drop cloths because they are inexpensive and wear well. Plus they come already hemmed (yes!) and they look very nice. Dave and I think they look really great, too.
Traci's Tips for Buying the Right Drop Cloths
Which of the two fabrics do you prefer?
What You Will Need for the ProjectFor the curtains
For the curtain rod(s)
How to Make the Outdoor Curtain Panels - Traci's Method
Traci hangs her curtains from half inch metal poles - which are her outdoor curtain rods. In total she needed 6 poles. For the two longer poles (7 feet), she bought two 10 foot poles and cut them down. She spent less than ten dollars total for all the poles.
To protect the poles from moisture, Traci painted them with KILZ spray primer. To finish the job, she painted them with a coat of white spray paint.
She uses hooks (like shown here) to hold up the curtain rods (poles). The hooks are less than a dollar each. She spray paints them white, too.
The hooks are placed to hold up the poles. Looks fairly easy. Think you can do it?
Now the curtains are ready to hang. After washing (and ironing) them, Traci hangs them up with ring clips. No sewing involved because the drop cloths are already hemmed. Yeah!
When she needs a little extra shade. Traci can extend the curtains.
Or she can pull them back with a tieback - like this! Either way, what a nice way to cozy up your porch.
Traci has 5 of these curtains on her patio. The total cost for this project (remember, 5 curtains) was less than $100 - which is a steal.
Here's a picture showing the drop cloth curtains that Traci made for her living room. In addition to this, she has made them for her kitchen and den - plus slipcovers.
If you'd rather not tackle making your own curtains, there are so many smart-looking porch curtains you can purchase. They come in many colors and patterns - and from sheer to heavier outdoor curtain fabrics.
If you are wondering about mildew...we checked around. Yes, outdoor curtains may mildew. To prevent that, keep your curtains from touching the ground and be sure to "unbunch" them to allow them to dry.
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