How to Make a Silk Flower String Curtain

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How to Make a Silk Flower String Curtain
Create colourful curtains from your favourite silk flowers. (three flowers. three gerbers image by Maria Timofeeva from Fotolia.com)

Add a colourful touch of nature to your home with silk flower string curtains. Silk flower curtains will last year-round and can be used to dress up a boring window or create a divider in a door frame that has no door. String each chain with different colours, for a rainbow effect, or stick with a single colour, for a uniform look that blends well with your home's current colour scheme.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Silk flowers
  • Scissors
  • 1/8 inch diameter vinyl tubing
  • Beads
  • Clear elastic string
  • Embroidery needle
  • Push pin
  • Hot glue gun
  • Wall hooks
  • Tape (optional)
  • Sticky tack (optional)

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Trim silk flowers just below the base. Choose simple flowers with flat petals and a centre that you can see easily for stringing. Leave just enough of the base in place to hold the flower together. Cut and lay out flowers in the pattern you wish to string them.

  2. 2

    Cut a length of vinyl tubing, one-eighth of an inch in diameter, into two-inch long pieces. These tubes are used to keep the flowers from bunching up at the bottom of the strand. You will place one tube vertically between two flowers, excluding the top and bottom flowers on the chain. Place one or two colourful beads before and after each piece of tubing to add colour, texture and to help keep the flowers from slipping over the tubing.

  3. 3

    Thread your embroidery needle with the plastic string. Use the needle to push the string through the flowers; if the flowers are too thick, punch a hole in the centre of each flower with a push pin.You will string your flowers by placing a flower on the string first, then a bead, then the tube, then another bead and then another flower. Repeat this process until you have the length you desire. Remember to tie the bottom of the string in a tight knot, or tie it around a large bead, so your flowers and tubing do not fall off the string. Place a dot of hot glue onto the knot to stop it from untying.

  4. 4

    Loop the string at the top of each chain, and tie it off, while still leaving the small loop in place. Do this once you have reached your desired length.

  5. 5

    Repeat this process to create enough chains to hang in your doorway or across a window. Insert hooks or push pins into the wall or ceiling and hang the chains from them. Tape or sticky tack works well, if you do not want to punch holes in the wall. Leave a half to an inch of space between each chain.

Tips and warnings

  • For small windows, consider tying each flower chain around a curtain rod and hanging it above the window frame.

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