DIY Beaded Curtain

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DIY Beaded Curtain
Making beaded curtains is a major accomplishment. (bead door image by timur1970 from Fotolia.com)

Beading today is a major craft sensation and creating your own jewellery has become a norm. Another type of beading has made a comeback. Beaded curtains from the '70s era are popular again. Making beaded curtains will provide you with a satisfying sense of accomplishment. However, you should love beading to try this because you'll be threading hundreds of beads, depending on their size. They are beautiful hanging in a bedroom doorway or over a window. Use brightly coloured beads or alternate wooden beads with clear beads in a pattern. You can also swag them with tiebacks, like regular curtains.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Clear fishing line
  • Hot glue gun
  • Tub of large, long beads
  • Smaller clear beads or your choice
  • Painted 2 x 4 board, 3' long
  • Small gold nails
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Screwdriver (optional)
  • Screws (optional)

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Cut a piece of clear fishing line 7-1/2 feet long for the first strand. A normal doorway is 6' 8" high. Make each strand 6' 10" when finished. This gives you extra working room on the ends.

  2. 2

    Apply the first bead on the line. This will be the top bead. With the bead two inches from the end, loop the line through the bottom of the bead again and out the top to lock it in place. Apply hot glue into the top of the bead hole. Put the loose end of the line into the hot glue inside the top of the bead but don't come out the bottom this time. This makes a loop above the bead to hang the strand by. Keep adding beads to the line all the way to the bottom in a pattern. Thread beads to the 6' 10" length. Thread the end back through the last bead to lock the bead on. Apply hot glue inside the hole of that bead to lock the bottom of the strand. Cut off excess line. Repeat this process with the rest of the strands.

    DIY Beaded Curtain
    Use long beads often to take up space. (bead curtain image by Bruce Hewitson from Fotolia.com)
  3. 3

    Hammer small gold nails into a painted board 3 feet long. Put them evenly one inch apart across the board. Angle the top of each nail upward to hang the strands of beads over. Nail or screw this board over a doorway or window. As you finish each strand of beads, hang it on a gold nail.

Tips and warnings

  • Use long slender beads and large beads as often as possible in your pattern to help cut down on the number of beads to thread on the line.
  • You can also make a beaded valance. Hang white sheers and put a beaded valance hanging over the top of the sheers or hang a light blue sheer curtain and then put a beaded valance over it with all blue tones of beads. You can use any colour to carry out this look.
  • Buy buckets of beads. You don't want to run out.

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