Crafty Handmade Beaded Curtain Ideas
Love beaded curtains? Make your own from these fun around the house items.
While some find beaded curtains annoying, some of us love the appeal it can bring to a room or the sound they make when you walk through them. There are many different variations out there. Some wooden beads, others make a pattern with bamboo shoots and then you have the famous plastic colorful beads reminiscent of the glitter glam 60's and 70's.
If you've looked online, they can get a bit expensive so why not make your own? If you have some time on your hands and a vivid imagination, you can make beaded curtains out of everything but beads. Here are some great examples and really cool ideas you can try yourself. It's a great way to upcycle items and you can work with more than one person on these projects which always makes it way more fun.
Plastic Bottle Caps
Looks difficult, right? if you really look at it, all you need is a bar to hold up the caps and since they are very light, any bar will do. Drill holes on top and bottoms of caps and start tying fishing line to each end, continuing your way down each strand until you're done. Measure the distance between each strand first and after you do one strand, you'll know how many you'll need to do the rest.
TIP: You don't have to put the line through each hole, cut then start another. Just thread it through one hole, then continue it to bottom of the cap, continuing to top of the other cap, without cutting at all. It's a clear line, so you really won't see it. This depends on how much time you have on your hands. :)
Plastic Bottle Pieces
Caps, tops of bottles, anything colorful you can think of is in this curtain and it looks cool. A really cool idea for a kids room or entry way of an art class.
TIP: When the edges of the bottles you're cutting are sharp, place a fabric over the top you just cut and iron the fabric. The heat of the iron will melt away the sharpness of the edge.
Easy to find, easy to drill holes into but be careful or they'll crack. Put in more if you like. Don't just go by the picture.
Anything and Everything
Any loose beads lying around? Grab them and start threading. They don't have to be uniform in any way, shape or color. Something the variety of the pattern is a pattern in itself.
Whether you use color or plain, they will look awesome. How cool would this look in a room? Or a wall? The lights it will pick up if you decide to use the plain will be like mirrors. Drill tops and bottoms, string with fishing line.
Color Cotton Balls
You know those cotton balls you find at the craft store? There you go. Easy enough. You can use fishing line or color thread, either way, this is an easy project and you can put in as many as you like for a fuller effect.
Use color straws or just one color, separate with beads or those cotton balls we were just talking about. A great way to spice up a dividing room, wall or any entry way. And don't forget your patios on these projects. This would look neat outside by a pool.
Use all wooden beads or whatever but stick to one texture to make this curtain. Here you see wooden beads, all different shapes and colors thrown in together to make a really cool looking rustic curtain.
Who doesn't love buttons? Use all different sizes and colors or keep them all the same. Thread with fishing line or thread. Whichever you choose, this will look and sound really cool.
Fabric Flowers and Beads
You can either make your own fabric flowers or find them in a craft store, maybe you want to crochet or knit them. Separate with beads in between and you have a beautiful, colorful and quiet curtain.
TIP: Don't just use fabric flowers here. What about those silk flowers you were going to throw out? If you have a bunch of fake flowers laying around, why not but them to good use on a curtain?
Cut a triangle as big as you want your bead and roll it up like a croissant. Tape of glue the end down and you have a bead. This is a very time consuming project, and one you would even get the kids involved in, which they will love. Find magazines or newspapers or constructions paper. Once its rolled up, the colors will all seem different, unless you choose a solid picture.
Pearls or Silver Beads
Do you have old costume jewelry you want to get rid of? Don't. Here are silver tone beads all put in together to make a really classy curtain. You can make one out of gold or one color if you like. Faux pearls would look great too, especially to a bedroom entry way. How sexy is that?
Water Bottle Bottoms
You'd never thought to look under your water bottle? Look at one now. A perfect flower impression right there and you never noticed it before, right? Simply cut the bottoms off, if they are too sharp, look at the tip for plastic water pieces above. String them with fishing line and you can even use this as a real curtain for any of your windows. Actually you can use beaded curtains to decorate anything in your house. Don't just limit yourself to what most people use them for. Hang on an empty wall, throw over a small window or even hang it outside by a deck or pool for a little something special.
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