15 DIY Shade and Curtain Projects

I don’t know about you, but I find window treatments the most difficult to decide upon when it comes to home decor.  I guess that’s why the majority of the windows in our home don’t have anything yet (thanks to the big trees around us we can get away with that).  But still we do need to cover a few windows and in my hunt I’ve come across some clever DIY shade and curtain projects/ideas.  Click below to see what other DIY ideas I’ve pinned for inspiration.

  • Lovely Lined Curtains 1 of 14
    Lovely Lined Curtains
    These lovely lined curtains are professional looking, durable and completely doable.
    DIY from The Purlbee.
  • Ikat Pattern 2 of 14
    Ikat Pattern
    Stencil an Ikat pattern (great for summer) onto a pair adding a decorative ribbon for trim.
    DIY from Our Fifth House.
  • Stripes 3 of 14
    Reckless Glamour painted these graphic stripes onto a pair of panel curtains by using painters tape.
    Check out the DIY here.
  • Moroccan Stencil 4 of 14
    Moroccan Stencil
    A Moroccan motif is created with this simple DIY from Home Stories A to Z.
  • Floral Stencil 5 of 14
    Floral Stencil
    A zinnia stencil using fabric paint is used to create this pretty motif on an Ikea curtain.
    DIY from Homemade by Jill.
  • DIY Painted Curtains {Tutorial} 6 of 14
    DIY Painted Curtains {Tutorial}
    Another take on the Moroccan motif, these curtains are made using acrylic paint and a stencil.
    DIY from PBJ Stories.
  • Roman Shades Out of Mini Blinds 7 of 14
    Roman Shades Out of Mini Blinds
    Make these roman shades out of mini blinds.
    DIY from
  • Make a Classic Shade 8 of 14
    Make a Classic Shade
    Using dowels this classic shade will fit into any style room.
    DIY from Martha Stewart.
  • A Wallpaper Shade 9 of 14
    A Wallpaper Shade
    Turn a plain roller shade into a work of art with a length of wallpaper. (Photo: Johnny Miller )
    Get the DIY from Martha Stewart.
  • Map Textile Roller Shade 10 of 14
    Map Textile Roller Shade
    Transform a map-printed tablecloth into a roller shade by fusing the fabric to linen and then stapling it to the roller of a store-bought shade.
    DIY from Martha Stewart.
  • Add Pom-Poms 11 of 14
    Add Pom-Poms
    Curtains just are better with a pom-pom fringe don't you think?
    Curtain how-to from Martha Stewart.
  • Printed Roman Shade 12 of 14
    Printed Roman Shade
    Take a plain roman shade a little further by embellishing it with a DIY stencil.
    DIY from
  • Tea Towel Window 13 of 14
    Tea Towel Window
    Using two kitschy tea towels clip drapery hooks to the top edge of a dishtowel and hang from a cafe curtain rod.
    Idea from
  • Stenciled Roller Shade 14 of 14
    Stenciled Roller Shade
    Stencil your favorite design onto a plain roller shade.
    DIY from Martha Stewart.

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Jan is the co-founder of Poppytalk, a blog about the beautiful, the decayed and the handmade and Poppytalk Handmade, an online curated marketplace. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.


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