I wanted some decorative curtains for the nursery (they didn’t need to be functional—there’s mini-blinds). So I set out to find the cheapest way to accomplish this. I saw THIS post about using electrical conduit as a curtain rod and knew it would be the cheapest way to go. $2 for 10 feet of sturdy metal? Yeah baby! Genius!
A quick coat of spray paint (Krylon’s Bright Idea) and I have a cheerful, functional, custom curtain rod for around $8. And once they are painted, no one would ever guess the finials are really golf balls.
$1.00 for half the electrical conduit…I’ll use the other half in my bedroom
$3.23 for two mounting pieces…again, I’ll use the other two in my bedroom
$3.75 for spray paint
FREE golf balls
Now how about the curtains, you ask? Well, they used to be a twin-sized flat sheet I got on clearance. I cut the sheet down the center to make two panels and hemmed them on my sewing machine.
Then you know how sheets have one thick end that’s kind of like a pocket? I just cut slits through that part (making sure not to cut through to the front fabric) to make faux pleats. Like this:
Totally easy and totally cheating if you are a perfectionist sewer. But I’m definitely not, so it works for me! But my high school home ec. teacher would be cringing right now. 🙂
To spice up the solid fabric, I added some lace, ribbon and ric rac that I had in my stash. And I may have hot glued some of it because it seemed easier than trying to sew it straight. Add some lace tie backs and that’s it! The curtains cost me a whopping $4.