How to make a curtain rod with clothespins


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.

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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.

diy curtain rod

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? 

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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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  1. Adele posted on March 19, 2012 at 5:20 am (#

    That looks really cute!! I love the changing table aswell.

    – Adele @ Mammy Made

    • Jamielyn posted on March 19, 2012 at 10:39 pm (#

      Thanks Adele! It was really fun to make. Happy Monday! {hugs}

    • Glenda posted on December 8, 2013 at 10:14 am (#

      Great idea! I’m about to move into a house. Now I know I can easily afford to decorate my windows 5 bderooms and more.

  2. Kaysi @ Keeping It Simple posted on March 19, 2012 at 7:58 am (#

    That is a great idea!!! Love it!

    • Jamielyn posted on March 19, 2012 at 10:38 pm (#

      Ah, thanks Kaysi! xo

  3. Emily posted on March 19, 2012 at 8:54 am (#

    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.

    • Jamielyn posted on March 19, 2012 at 10:38 pm (#

      They’re great, because you can give it a totally customized look. Thanks for commenting. xo

  4. Stephanie posted on March 19, 2012 at 9:04 am (#

    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!

    • Jamielyn posted on March 19, 2012 at 10:38 pm (#

      Thanks Stephanie! Ooo I must check out the Dollar spot now. I love Target! :)

  5. Desiree posted on March 19, 2012 at 9:17 am (#

    You are so clever!
    Loving the ruffles! Have a great Monday!

    • Jamielyn posted on March 19, 2012 at 10:37 pm (#

      Thanks Desiree for stopping by! See you in a few short weeks. xo

  6. Lex Malla Books posted on March 19, 2012 at 12:24 pm (#

    We will be using this one when we get to doing our window coverings in our semi-new house. Thanks for sharing.

    • Jamielyn posted on March 19, 2012 at 10:33 pm (#

      Yay for new houses! I love being able to re-decorate. Thanks for commenting. xo

  7. Shantalle posted on March 19, 2012 at 9:48 am (#

    Very very smart! I like that much better than those silver ring clips!

    • Jamielyn posted on March 19, 2012 at 10:36 pm (#

      Thanks Shantalle! Me too, adds character to the room. :) Have a good night! xo

  8. Ashley posted on March 19, 2012 at 10:57 am (#

    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 posted on March 19, 2012 at 10:35 pm (#

      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.

  9. Kassi @ Truly Lovely posted on March 19, 2012 at 11:14 am (#

    Now THAT is a good idea! Curtain rods, especially cute ones can be SO expensive! The little flowers really MAKE this! :)

    • Jamielyn posted on March 19, 2012 at 10:34 pm (#

      Ah thanks! :) Yes, they can be super expensive. Why not make one?!

  10. Shirley Lupton posted on March 20, 2012 at 12:36 am (#

    This is really cute. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Aubry Sorensen posted on March 19, 2012 at 10:38 pm (#

    They are my favorite! Emmalyn’s curtains turned out so cute!

  12. Ashley posted on March 20, 2012 at 5:08 pm (#

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

    • Ashley posted on March 20, 2012 at 5:09 pm (#


  13. Eva Scott posted on March 23, 2012 at 2:05 pm (#

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

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  15. FaveCrafts posted on April 10, 2012 at 6:47 am (#

    What a sweet idea! Perfect for a nursery! You always have such great craft projects! :)

    • Jamielyn posted on April 10, 2012 at 9:07 pm (#

      Thank you so much for commenting. Have a great night! :)

  16. Priscila Costa posted on May 18, 2012 at 4:54 am (#

    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.