Although I didn't realize it then, these rudimentary construction experiences gave me confidence with the DIY projects I face as a homeowner now.
Of course, I'm still learning small tricks of the trade. For example, while recently hanging curtains rods I discovered one strategy that makes drilling virtually mess-free. Simply adhere a bent Post-It to the wall directly below your drill marks, and when you drill the Post-It will neatly catch the dust.
As for those newly-hung curtains throughout our house? They transformed our rooms, making each space feel polished and finished. (In my husband's words, "It looks like grown ups live here.") Yes, we're finally all grown up.
But there was still one minor problem with our newly matured spaces: several curtains didn't drape well at the bottom. Because the fabric was lightweight, the edges billowed outward instead of falling neatly downward.
While brainstorming an easy and inexpensive fix, I designed these homemade curtain 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.
Given that paperclips are naturally malleable, you can bend them to suit your needs. While securing my weights, I simply dropped the weight into the open hem and left one prong of the paperclip exposed on the inner (non-visible) side of the curtain panel.
If you look closely, you'll see that I tuck that exposed prong of the paperclip underneath one of the stitches for added stability. As a final precaution, I also pinch each paperclip tightly closed to prevent the weight from sliding out of the hem.
The result is that my curtains now drape beautifully, as you'll see in the picture below. As an added bonus, if I'm ever desperately short on petty change, I instantly know where I can find a stash of coins.
Want to explore more DIY before-and-after projects? Check out a few of my other ideas below. (I tell you, the transformation of the old end table will blow you away!)
Maximizing Office Spaces: DIY Desk and Hiding Unsightly Computer Wires
Frame It: Creative Ways to Fill a Picture Frame
Giving New Life to an Old End Table
How to Stencil Perfectly Every Time
Wood Hoop Wall Art
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