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So I am FINALLY getting around to posting the last few projects from my daughter’s nursery. {squeal!} I cannot believe it has taken me this long. It is my favorite room in the house, but the hardest room to photograph. I think that is why I have been putting it off. I promise to post the whole room by the end of the month. Someone better keep me to that promise. ;)

Today I’m going to show you how to make a curtain rod. I looked EVERYWHERE for the perfect curtain rod and couldn’t find one I liked. So I finally decided to make one. I didn’t want my curtain rod to stick out, so I painted mine pink to flow with her ‘oh so girly’ room. I love the clothespins look, but you could certainly use the curtain ring/clips found at Home Depot. The thing I love about making your own curtain rod is you can paint it ANY color you want. There are also SO many fun decorative knobs you can add to the ends too.

Here’s how to make a curtain rod -

Supplies needed:

  • Wooden rod (Cut to desired length) -Found at Home Depot
  • (2) Wooden Brackets -Found at Home Depot
  • Paint (color of choice) and brush -Found at Home Depot
  • (2) Decorative knobs -Found at Hobby Lobby
  • Drill
  • Clothespins
  • Wood glue
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The first thing you’ll do is give your wooden rod and bracket two good coats of paint. If you need your wooden rod cut down shorter and don’t have a saw, Home Depot or Lowes can do it for free.

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After the Paint is dry, you’ll want to drill a hole on each side of the rod. Find a drill bit that is the same size as your knobs screw, so the knob can screw into the rod. Make sense?

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Then screw your knob into the hole.

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Then you can screw your brackets into the wall (follow package directions) and hang your rod.

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Here comes the fun part! :) So I knew I wanted to hang the curtains by clothespins, but since her room is so girly, I decided to add a lace flower on top of each clothespin. You can find the directions on how to make the flowers here. Please note: You can glue anything you want on the pins to match the room.

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Glue (using super glue or E-6000) the lace flower to the clothespin. Then you will glue the clothespins directly to the rod with the wood glue. Take the rod down for this part… it will be much easier! ;) If it’s taking awhile for the glue to dry, put a piece of tape over it and let it dry. This way the pins will not move.

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Then hang up your curtains and admire your hard work. I love how they turned out. Don’t you?!  To see more from my daughter’s super girly PINK nursery, go here…

And if you missed her Pretty in PINK Birthday party you must check it out here.
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 So will you be trying this project? 

Jamielyn Nye is the owner and managing editor of I Heart Nap Time. She aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. Her unique projects have been featured on many popular websites, including: BHG, Martha Stewart, Fox, ABC, People, Parents and more. When she’s not creating . . . Jamielyn loves to chase her two little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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28 Responses to “How to make a curtain rod with clothespins”

  1. Emily

    I don’t think I have ever seen knobs used as decorative additions to the curtain rod. I might have to try that since I can’t seem to find any I like.
    By the way, that pink nursery is gorgeous! Pink is my fav color so I can’t wait to see a full room picture.

  2. Stephanie

    this is adorable! also, you may have zero use for them, but the target dollar spot has some magazine holders (they’re a very heavy cardboard) that would match great with that pink and yellow i see on the changing table. just FYI. i picked some up for my daughter’s huge coloring book collection. always love your posts. keep them coming!

  3. Ashley

    This is so adorable. Won’t be trying the flowers…don’t think the boys would like it too much…but might try it with another theme!

    • Jamielyn

      Haha yes the boys would rip them right down. I saw some rustic hardware at Hobby Lobby that would look really cool in a boys room.

  4. Ashley

    it’s not really a “clothespin curtain rod” it’s more like a clothespin alternative to curtain rings….

  5. Eva Scott

    Wow, what a great idea! Curtain rods are so stinkin’ expensive. What a great alternative that’s cheaper and looks just as good!

  6. Priscila Costa

    it’s so clever, brilliant and cute idea…Would you mind if i post a translated tutorial on my blog? I love the things you created, you’re a big artist. Thanks..hugs xx.