Curtains can get pretty pricey and some may not really end up being what you had hoped for. In the past two years of having our home I have gone through so many curtain options, it is slightly embarrassing. But don’t worry, I have finally found the answer! Drop cloth curtains have been taking the farmhouse home decor world by storm and I am totally on the bandwagon. These are a great, rustic alternative and involve very minimal crafting skills.
What You’ll Need:
- Drop Cloths – I picked up this two pack of 4’x12′ drop cloth panels on Amazon for a great price. However, some may want a more common sizing like these 6’x9′ ones. You can also grab them at any local hardware store!
- Curtain Rings with Clips – I grabbed this 36 piece pack so I can have extras for another project I am working on.
- Curtain Rod – Any style you would like (I have the brass finished ones from Walmart) just make sure that your curtain rings are big enough to fit on the rod itself.
- Scissors – If you plan on trimming your curtains, I may need to do so with my 12′ drop cloths.
- Sewing Machine – Optional for if you do end up needing to trim off some cloth and would like a more finished, hemmed edge.
DIY Drop Cloth Curtains
First a foremost, you will want to at least dry your drop cloth once removed them from their packaging. This isn’t completely necessary but it helps remove those hard creased from folding and gives your curtains a more soft, drapery effect.
I grabbed these 4’x12′ panels because I don’t plan to have them covering the whole entire window in our living room. The window is quite large and I have installed a blind for the main part but wanted a little something extra for the sides. With this being said getting a 12′ drop cloth means that I will need to cut some of the length off.
A signature with these farmhouse drop cloth curtains is to fold over some of the extra length on the top before you clip your curtains into place. This adds a little bit more detail and depth, similar to a ruffle.
Step One: Cut Your Drop Cloth
I ended up cutting off about 4 feet of length, which will be perfect to make a window valance for both my bathroom and kitchen windows! Use a yard stick or measuring tape and mark off wear you want your curtain to lay. Again, keep in mind that you will be folding over the top portion to create a ruffle.
Step Two: Fold Your Ruffle
Fold over the top of your curtain. I folded about 14″ but this is all up to personal preference.
Step Three: Start Clipping!
Take your curtain ring clips and clip the folded portion of the top of your drop cloth curtains. I placed a clip every few inches. Again, these curtains are great to add your own personal preference. The more clips you put the more folds you will have when your curtains are open. Keep in mind that drop cloth fabric is heavier as well!
We added a blind for the large window as well and it has added some great depth! Before we just had these sheer, pure white curtains that everyone who passed by could see through (and the cats could tear down) but now not only do we have some depth in color but actual privacy as well!
These are seriously the easiest farmhouse upgrade you can do in your home and so worth it too!
Gonna go conquer this DIY for yourself? Tag me on Instagram to show me how yours turned out!