How to Make Curtain Rod Finials

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Many different styles of curtain-rod finials (the decorative end pieces) are available on the market, but sometimes they are just not the right look for your home. Finials are simple to make, though, so you can easily create your own custom finials using craft materials or items you already own. Take some time before you choose a new finial to examine the decor in your home and determine what kind of finial would best complement your home.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Curtain rod
  • Ornament
  • Wooden dowel
  • Saw
  • Drill
  • Super glue

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  1. 1

    Unscrew the ends off the curtain rod. Examine the hollow inside of the rod to determine how wide it is. Choose a wooden dowel that fits snugly into the inside of the rod and cut two 6-inch lengths from the dowel.

  2. 2

    Select ornaments for the ends of the curtain rod that will be your finials. You can choose anything from pinecones to old Christmas tree decorations.

  3. 3

    Mark an "X" on the ornament where you want it to touch the rod. Drill a hole into the ornament at the site of the "X." Make the hole as wide as the wooden dowel so you can slide the ornament onto the end of the dowel.

  4. 4

    Coat the inside of the ornament with super glue. Insert the dowel 2 inches of the way into the ornament (or 1/3 of the ornament's width if it is smaller than 2 inches). Allow the glue time to dry.

  5. 5

    Stick the bare ends of the wooden dowels into the open ends of the curtain rod. The ornaments should stay in place, but avoid tilting the rods or the dowels may slide out of the rod.

Tips and warnings

  • Secure the dowels to the curtain rod by drilling a hole through the curtain rod 2 inches from both ends while the dowels are in place. Place a bolt through the hole and tighten down a nut on one side. This secures the dowels within the curtain rod.

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