Friday, July 5, 2013

Homemade Curtain Weights (what Post-It notes, pennies, and paperclips can do)

While in high school I volunteered regularly with Habitat for Humanity.  During summers I joined dozens of people on a week-long work camp to raise rafters, paint house exteriors, or drywall.  On Saturdays during the year I spackled and painted at a local house.

Although I didn't realize it then, these rudimentary construction projects gave me confidence with the DIY projects I've faced as a homeowner.

Of course, I'm still learning little tricks of the trade.  For example, I recently discovered that one Post-It note makes drilling virtually mess-free.  Simply bend a Post-It, adhere it to the wall below your drill marks, and catch the drywall dust neatly instead of letting it fall to the floor.

It's foolproof, unless you drop the Post-It and spill the drywall dust that it had so cleverly captured, which is what I did when I recently hung curtains.  (Note to self: cradle that Post-It carefully as you move about.)

As for those newly-hung curtains, I noticed that they didn't drape well at the bottom.  Because the fabric was lightweight, the edges billowed outward instead of falling straight downward.

I brainstormed how I could fix this easily and inexpensively, and I came up with these homemade weights by stacking a few pennies, gluing them together, and adhering them to a paper clip.  Each weight costs only four cents (literally), and they unobtrusively fasten to the curtain's inner hem. 

The result is that my curtains now drape beautifully.  As an added bonus, if I'm ever desperately short on petty change, I instantly know where I can find a stash of coins.

While you're visiting, check out the before and after pictures from my tray table project, which is one of my final house goals for the summer.  It's been a good run.

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  1. Erica RossJuly 07, 2013

    Thank you so much for these tips! I'm planning to do some renovation for my apartments in lenexa ks soon.

  2. Thank you so much for the curtain weight idea! I just smacked my forehead and thought, "Why didn't I think of that!" They will be added to my curtains today!

  3. You're so welcome! Glad that this tip is useful for you!

  4. My pleasure, and best to you with your renovations!

  5. Virginia LoudenJuly 09, 2013

    Hey Robin. Just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Swing by my blog to check it out.

  6. You could also use fishing sinkers.

  7. You have done it correctly. Great ideas you have here. phoenix painting

  8. What kind of glue do you use?

  9. Super glue will help to keep the paperclips adhered. Anything weaker (like Elmer's school glue or a craft glue) likely wouldn't be strong enough.

  10. Would you be able to post a picture of how the weights attach to the curtains? I can't seem to attach mine.

  11. AnonymousJuly 04, 2014

    Thank you!!! You just saved me over 9 dollars! I used body/clothing double sided tape to keep the pennies (10) together and placed them on the inside edge of the hem (the double sided tape keeps it secure). My sheer grommet curtains look perfect!

    1. So glad to hear that this solution worked well for you! Thanks for sharing!