Drab draperies be gone – these updates take just a few supplies and minimal skill.


Window treatments are a necessary part of any room. Whether you opt for sleek roman shades or full-drama drapes, you are generally going to need a little shade (or privacy!) in any room in which you may be sleeping, watching TV, reading, or napping. And, while custom window treatments can get pricey quickly, there's no need to stick with boring, ineffective, or generic treatments. Give even the simplest curtain the custom touch (without the wait or price!) with these two easy DIY curtain upgrades:

Play With Passementerie

Make curtains a player in the room's décor scheme with "custom" trim. All you'll need is your curtain, a measuring tape, ribbon or trim, scissors, and fabric glue. Start by measuring how much trim you'll need. We recommend anywhere from three rows of wide ribbon to eight rows of narrow ribbon. (Unless you feel like going all the way to the top—then go for it!) After measuring, cut strips of the ribbon to the appropriate length. Before gluing, lay out all the strips to ensure you have the right amount and lengths, and that you have them spaced out appropriately. Then, simply affix the trim to the curtain with fabric glue and let dry. Some fun trims to try: pom-pom tassels, rickrack (perfect for kids!), velvet for a luxe look, or classic preppy grosgrain.

Stencil It In

Punch up solid-color curtains with a little pattern. What you'll need: your stencil of choice, stencil brush, painter's tape, paint tray (or plate), acrylic paint. First, make sure your curtain is wrinkle-free, and hit it with the iron or steamer if need be. Lay out the entire curtain flat, and plot your stencil pattern. Use tape to create a grid if needed, so you know exactly where to place the stencil next. Pour your paint into a tray or plate, and start dabbing your stencil brush over the stencil (just make sure the stencil is tightly taped down each time!). When applying the paint, use a light hand. Too much paint might make the pattern blurry.

Pro Tip: If you're using a special mix of colors, make sure you have enough of that exact shade made when you start out. Once you've filled in your desired pattern, let the curtain dry several hours before hanging.