Beaded curtains come in a number of styles and colours. Some may be evocative of the "hippie" era, while other beaded curtains can look elegant or chic. According to some feng shui principles, beaded curtains may dissolve conflicts and act as a cure for negative energy in a space. They may also act as a deterrent to flies as they hang in open windows or doors if the beads are arranged closely together. Pick a beaded style that matches the window trim or room you will be hanging the curtains in. For a unique look, hang curtains you have beaded yourself.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Curtain rod
- Fabric or sheer curtains
- Curtain ties or ribbon
- Card stock or circular labels
- Dental floss or fishing line
- Wallpaper or glossy paper
- Knitting needle
- Eye hooks
Create a two-layered effect by hanging full-window beaded curtains first from the curtain rod and then hanging matching sheer, lace or other fabric curtains behind the beaded curtains. Curtain Designs Info recommends hanging fabric curtains that only cover the bottom half of the window behind the beaded curtains. See-through fabric curtains will permit some privacy but will also allow you to see a colourful visual display as sunlight reflects off the beads.
Tie your beaded curtains in a distinctive way when you want to allow more sunlight in. Use ready-made curtain ties, pieces of ribbon or fabric to tie the beaded curtains. Tie half the curtain set to the left and the other half to the right; alternatively, tie the whole set of beaded curtains together in the centre of the window.
Make your own beaded curtains using beads and fishing line or dental floss. Choose among acrylic, bamboo, glass, ceramic or other types of beads in one or many colours. Arrange the beads close together along the line or create gaps along the line by tying thick knots on either side of each bead. Tie the top of each curtain line to an eye hook that you install in the top of the window frame or affix to the curtain rod.
Create your own homemade beads. Crafty Stylish recommends sticking circular labels along dental floss or fishing line. The same can be done by cutting circles out of card stock and affixing them to the line with glue. The Bead Site recommends rolling strips of magazine pages or wallpaper tightly around a knitting needle and gluing the loose ends together with glue to create cylindrical beads; these paper beads can be painted.
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