Get Crafty! Stencil Curtains

Long story short, I was overdue for new window treatments but considering my windows are a little larger than standard size (74" wide), I found it was hard to find a set that would sit perfectly over my windows. I also needed a set of curtains that didn't distract from my accent wall but worked with the mood of the room. I saw this gem at Anthropologie and fell in love.

Problem? It cost me almost $300 (In my Monica Gellar voice: I know!). Whatever, they are the best I have found and nothing else compares. I also didn't love them $300 much.

So I did a little research for inspiration and thought, "If I can't find the perfect curtains, why not make them?" I ran to Michael's to find a pretty floral stencil but since they had a very small selection, I bought stencil paper and a craft cutter in order to design my own template. I also picked up some acrylic paint (fabric is preferred if you plan to wash your curtains), got the cheapest set of curtain panels from Target (bought 4 panels total for those wiiide windows) and got to crafting!

Make your own curtains with custom stencils! Decorate your home your way with this tutorial on stenciled curtains. | Hey Love Designs

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Supplies Needed:

  • Stencil (or if making your own, blank stencil paper, craft cutter, printed template, and marker)
  • Fabric Paint
  • Foam Brush
  • Tape (I used painter's tape)
  • Curtain Panels
  • A nice long table or open space on the floor
  • Brown Craft Paper or Cardboard (to put under panels)
  1. Optional: If you bought stencil paper to make your own design, print out  the design, enlarged to the desired size (or hand-draw), place it under the stencil paper but on top of either a cardboard or cutting board.  Trace the design on the stencil paper with a marker (I used a extra-fine tipped Sharpie) then cut out the design with your craft cutter. Note: depending on how detailed your design is, this could take an hour or so. You can also skip the stencil all together and just paint the design on, but for me that's just way too much room for error!
  2. Now, set up your work space. It's probably easiest to work on the floor, but in my case, I have a dog who sheds, and I don't want hair all over freshly applied paint, so I used my craft table. Wherever your workspace is, place craft paper or cardboard underneath in case the paint bleeds through. Make sure you're working on a flat surface.
  3. Lay a panel over the craft paper/cardboard and make sure there are no wrinkles. Tape the stencil in the desired position and make sure it is flat. Dip your foam brush into the paint, and dab away! I tried this with one of those fat square-shaped foam brushes, but a small circular one would probably work best. When you are done, carefully lift up the stencil, then repeat the process depending on your design.
Make your own curtains with custom stencils! Decorate your home your way with this tutorial on stenciled curtains. | Hey Love Designs
Make your own curtains with custom stencils! Decorate your home your way with this tutorial on stenciled curtains. | Hey Love Designs

I found the acrylic paint dried very fast which was helpful as I moved down the panel.

Now look how pretty!

Make your own curtains with custom stencils! Decorate your home your way with this tutorial on stenciled curtains. | Hey Love Designs

Sorry, no full views of the window as my room has a fugly chair I'm trying to get rid of and my bike is stored in here for the winter. But check out how the sun shines beautifully through the curtains, but not so bright I can't sleep in (who am I kidding, I can sleep through anything).

Make your own curtains with custom stencils! Decorate your home your way with this tutorial on stenciled curtains. | Hey Love Designs

Now I want to stencil everything!

This idea would also work great for making a table cloth (definitely use fabric paint), a backdrop for a desserts table, chair covers, the possibilities are endless. I can also use this specific stencil for decorating boxes, gifts, bags, etc. I had so much fun I almost stenciled my dog (sorry, Nico!).