How to Make a Beaded Curtain From Straws & Yarn

Updated April 17, 2017

Beaded curtains have been a fun and funky way to accessorise a room for decades and are a versatile accent that can be styled to fit the decor of any room. Crafted from holiday bead garlands, Mardi Gras beads, craft beads or drinking straws, these curtains make a simple and quick craft for rainy days and can be very inexpensive. Drinking straws, available in a variety of colours and diameters, are a cheap and customisable medium for the curtains, and they can easily be spray painted or painted with acrylics.

Measure the width and height of the door you'll hang the curtains in, paying attention to how far off the floor you will want the curtains to hang. Most curtains end anywhere from six to twelve inches from the floor. Write down the measurements so you can purchase a tension rod that will fit properly.

Determine how many strands of beads you want to form the curtain and how far apart they will need to be spaced. Mark the intervals on the tension rod. Your measuring tape or a simple ruler can help you evenly space the strands.

Choose a colour for the drinking straw beads. If you decide to paint them, it is easier to do so after they have been cut so that all the edges are painted as well as the barrel.

Cut the drinking straws in even pieces, using the marker and measuring tape or ruler to assist. You can also cut them at random lengths for a more organic look.

Paint the straws, at this point, if you'd like. Put down paper on a flat surface, or work where it won't matter if paint gets on the surface. Lay the cut straws out to spray paint or paint with a brush. Allow the straws to dry before turning them over to paint the other side.

Cut strands of yarn slightly longer than the door height so you have enough to knot at the top and bottom, as well as make loops to string on the tension rod. Tie a knot at one end of a strand of yarn, big enough that the straws will not slip off the end. Begin stringing the straws, tying the knot bigger if necessary. Add straws until you reach approximately 1 inch from the end of the yarn. Tie a loop to hang the beads from the tension rod.

Hang the bead strands on the tension rod, then fit the rod inside your doorway. Determine if you need more strands or fewer strands, or if you need to change the length of the strands.


You can easily add craft beads, pony beads or other pieces to these curtains. You can also make patterns out of the coloured straw pieces by laying out the straw pieces before stringing them.


Because the drinking straws and yarn are lightweight, the curtains may not be very durable. However, they are simple and inexpensive enough that they can be replaced with little trouble.

Things You'll Need

  • Drinking straws (nonbendable)
  • Acrylic yarn
  • Scissors
  • Tension rod
  • Measuring tape
  • Marker
  • Ruler
  • You May Also Need:
  • Acrylic paint
  • Spray paint
  • Decorative beads
  • Push pins
  • Needle
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A writer since 2000, Amanda Courtney worked as the news and copy editor for "The Lion's Roar," her collegiate newspaper, and as copy editor of the yearbook "Le Souvenir." She holds a Bachelor of General Studies with concentrations in English and mass communications from Southeastern Louisiana University.