Crafty Handmade Beaded Curtain Ideas

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Plastic Bottle capsPlastic bottle piecesShellsAnything and EverythingColor CDsPlain CDsColor cotton ballsColor cotton ballsStrawsEverything cohesive (wood)ButtonsFabric flowers and beadsPaperFaux pearls or silver tone beadsBottoms of water bottlesMy own beaded curtain is made of glass, plastic  and handmade polymer beads, along with fabric to fill in spaces, all threaded with fishing line.You can see the belt I nailed to the wall on top, with loops I made from string to hold up the curtain.  I drape it to the side until I'm finished filling up the belt with more bead strands and add pics to show progress.
Plastic Bottle caps
Plastic Bottle caps
Plastic bottle pieces
Plastic bottle pieces
Shells
Shells
Anything and Everything
Anything and Everything
Color CDs
Color CDs
Plain CDs
Plain CDs
Color cotton balls
Color cotton balls
Color cotton balls
Color cotton balls
Straws
Straws
Everything cohesive (wood)
Everything cohesive (wood)
Buttons
Buttons
Fabric flowers and beads
Fabric flowers and beads
Paper
Paper
Faux pearls or silver tone beads
Faux pearls or silver tone beads
Bottoms of water bottles
Bottoms of water bottles
My own beaded curtain is made of glass, plastic  and handmade polymer beads, along with fabric to fill in spaces, all threaded with fishing line.
My own beaded curtain is made of glass, plastic and handmade polymer beads, along with fabric to fill in spaces, all threaded with fishing line.
You can see the belt I nailed to the wall on top, with loops I made from string to hold up the curtain.  I drape it to the side until I'm finished filling up the belt with more bead strands and add pics to show progress.
You can see the belt I nailed to the wall on top, with loops I made from string to hold up the curtain. I drape it to the side until I'm finished filling up the belt with more bead strands and add pics to show progress.

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.

Shells

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.

CDs

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.

Straws

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.

Everything Cohesive

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.

Buttons

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?

Paper

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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Rosana Modugno 3 years ago from 10th Kingdom Author

Muito Obrigado meu amigo! My grandmother was from Sao Paulo. Thank you so much for liking my hub. I have always loved beaded curtains. And if you really look at one closer up, you'll see they aren't that hard to make. It only requires some patience and creative ideas on what to hang. Glad you enjoyed. Please visit again soon. :)


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Blond Logic 3 years ago from Brazil

Wow, there are so many ideas, you could make a book!

I think they are a great idea. Here in Brazil, you don't see many but I think they keep out bugs which is also a great idea.

Great idea for a hub.


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Rosana Modugno 3 years ago from 10th Kingdom Author

Thank you! I love the water bottle ideas too since I have so many lying around. Remember to keep the caps to fill in spaces between beading, etc. Another tip for water bottles: I fill them with colored water (using food coloring) and place them on a window in my kitchen so it looks like stained glass. :)


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vibesites 3 years ago from United States

Wow, quite creative and fantastic! I have many little stuff lying around the house, now I have an idea what to do with them instead of throwing them away. The mineral water bottoms are especially clever. Voted up and useful, awesome.


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Rosana Modugno 3 years ago from 10th Kingdom Author

That's a great idea! And I'm happy that I've inspired you. Just use thick gauge fishing line and like you said, distribute them and maybe separate with lighter beads or paper bead or even fabric, like I did on mine, just to cover the space. It doesn't have to be all glass beads. I'm still working on mine and I add different things because I like it when it doesn't match. You can also keep distance between them by tying knots if you wish, That would look cool as well. And remember, it doesn't have to be the full length of an entry way, it can be for a small window too. Good luck and please share pics!


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Glass-Jewelry 3 years ago from Presezzo, Italy

Hello Rosana,

In my warehouse I have tons of glass beads that are defective.

I've kept them for years because I'm very fond of my creations even if these have not been-made in the correct way.

But now that I read your article, do you know I almost am tempted to make curtains with this glass?

Probably these are heavy curtains, and maybe I should find a way to assemble the beads in a rather thin distribution.

What do you think? I'm saying stupid things?


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Rosana Modugno 3 years ago from 10th Kingdom Author

Thank you. I posted on Pinterest. Yes, I love the heart design as well.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

These belong on Pinterest for all to see. The heart design is my favorite. I am pinning this on DIY. Love this....:) ps


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Rosana Modugno 3 years ago from 10th Kingdom Author

Thank you, Carol. I'm making one now but it's taking forever. I'll post pics today and add to this hub. It won't be finished but you'll be able to see the things I used.


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carol7777 3 years ago from Arizona

These ideas are so clever. I love them all...I love using stuff around the house to create..Thanks for sharing..Going to vote UP+++ and pinning for sure.

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