Making this rustic DIY curtain rod will add rustic decor into your home and you’ll also save a lot of money. This is the cheapest way to hang your curtains. Follow this DIY Curtain Rod Tutorial for a budget friendly home decor option.
When you hang your curtains you normally use a curtain rod. When I started updating my dining room I wanted something different than a traditional curtain rod. Instead I made this DIY curtain rod using a piece of cedar fence plank and some inexpensive hooks.
This project took me about 30 minutes from start to finish. That included me updating the curtains so I could hang them from hooks instead of a rod.
Since I was trying to make this project as inexpensive as possible I used curtains I had on hand. They were rod curtains so I did use a sewing machine for this project but you can buy curtains for hooks.
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Supplies you’ll need for this DIY Curtain Rod
- 1×6 fence plank (I used a 6′ plank) cut down to the size of your window
- Stain (optional) this depends on your preference
- Wood Wax (this is to seal the wood)
- 4 – 1 1/2″ drywall screws
- I used these hooks (the amount varies on the size of your window) + 2 to use on the side
- 2 sheer curtains
I started by conditioning the piece of wood. Since this is a 6′ window I didn’t need to cut the wood to size.
I used a bit of wood wax to seal up the wood. This will add life to your wood. I allow the wax to cure for about 15 minutes.
While the wax was curing I constructed my curtains. These were 84″ long and I cut the top off to make loops so I could hang them from the hooks.
The top 4″ of the curtains were for the curtain rod so I cut that off and then cut them into 4″ pieces.
I then pinned them to the top with a 1/2″ seam giving 1 1/2″ space in between each “loop”.
I then sewed them all on. Once the curtains were constructed I attached the hooks to the piece of wood. I placed them 4″ apart.
Once the hooks were attached I hung the piece of wood above the window and attached them with drywall screws on each side.
Then I attached the hooks on the sides, hung the curtain, and tied them back.
I’m thrilled how this turned out and I couldn’t believe how simple this was to make. This really improved the look of the window and this project cost me about $15 and I have hooks left over to use in another project!
How to customize this DIY Curtain Rod
Doing it yourself is awesome because you can make things to meet your needs. So let’s talk about how to make this DIY curtain rod your own.
I can’t find the correct curtains
If you don’t have or can’t find the correct curtains you don’t need to use a sewing machine. You can cut 2″ slits at the top of the curtains for the curtains to hang off the hooks. This will cut the time in half!
What size does the wood need to be?
Measure the window you’re wanting to use and then cut the cedar plank to size.
What color will this curtain hanger be?
You can paint or stain the piece of wood the color of your choice. You can also use a different size or style board. The cedar fence plank are cheap so this will keep your costs down.