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Wednesday, March 7, 2012


Decorating editor Jeanie Sims is always thinking outside the box. Today she gives us some unique ideas for curtain tie-backs. -- AP

In any crafts store you’ll find dozens and dozens of themed cut-out wooden shapes to paint and decorate.

For a unique curtain tie-back, first paint the edges of the unfinished wood. Then cover the shapes with coordinating fabric or wallpaper. Use a craft knife to trim the fabric or paper close to the edge of the shape. Glue the shape to the center of a piece of ribbon or fabric strip.

Screw a cup hook into the edge of the window frame to attach the tie-back.

Want something even simpler? You can also find already painted wooden shapes at the crafts store, but these will generally work best for children’s rooms, bathrooms, and kitchens. Choose shapes that coordinate with the theme of the room. 

What a fun idea, Jeanie! Thanks for sharing. Readers, post a comment for a chance to win a book from our Book Club Friday guest author. -- AP


Maureen Hayes said...

This is a great idea and couldn't be simpler! I like the idea of being able to choose what I want and paint it the color I want as well. Thanks for the tip and the chance to win a book!


You're welcome, Maureen!

Jane R said...

Cute idea and something I wouldn't have thought of. Love the idea of being able to customize the look and get those pesky drapes out of the way at the same time. Thanks for the post!