Unique and Thrifty Window Decor

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Today I’m sharing thrifty (and unique!) ways to dress your windows….or hang curtains.


I don’t know about you but I like saving money (I’m fairly certain you are with me on that! ;) )….and I love things that are a bit unique.
You’ll find a bit of both here today. 

I hope this post inspires you to create something beautiful and unique in your own home too.
If you’ve done something similar, I’d love to hear about it. Be sure to drop me a message in the comments below.

Okay, so here are a few of mine that I’m guessing you might have seen before….

Easy, DIY, No Sew Curtain Panels 2 - Artsy Chicks Rule

No Sew Curtains (so inexpensive this way!)

Styling and Decorating on a Budget - No Sew Panels with Clearance Bin Fabric - artsychicksrule.com #thriftydecor #budgetdecor

Another set I’ve done for my home.

Guest Bath Makeover - Before and After - No Sew Window Treatment -artyschicksrule.com #makeover #bath #diy

This valance in the guest bath was made from a $2 remnant.
I only planned it for it to be temporary fix…but it’s still there 3+ years later. ;)

No Sew Window Treatment Ideas - #nosew artsychicksrule

These are fabric (no sew) napkins I made for the purpose of laying over a rod.
A fun and different look for a small window.
You can purchase pretty fabric napkins this size just about anywhere and hang them this way.

Napkin Ring Holders as Curtain 'tie backs' - artsychicksrule.com

I’ve even used decorative napkin ring holders as “hold backs”.
They are fun and there are many to choose from.

Napkin Rings as a tie back - artsychicksrule

I removed the rod going across the window and added a $10 scarf from World Market.

(Simple) Inexpensive Window Treatment Idea -  $10 scarf from World Market & Starfish finial - artsychicksrule

Side note, my son painted and made the blue planter, and planted the pretty flower, for me in 3rd grade.
(the one in the window) That was over 8 years ago now. 
It’s been broken and glued back together….twice! ;) But I will never throw it out.
It’s a treasure to me.

Can you see the starfish on the end brackets in the above photo?
I glued little starfish for a fun, coastal touch.

(Simple) Inexpensive Window Treatment Idea -  Hot glue starfish to rod and$10 scarf from World Market - artsychicksrule

(Simple) Inexpensive Window Treatment Idea - Glue starfish for finial and $10 scarf from World Market - artsychicksrule

That’s an ultra up close shot but shows how they are glued to the bracket.

The scarf was “temporary” too but has also been there a few years. 
I do have plans for a new window treatment though….once I find the perfect fabric.
Still looking….stay tuned. ;) (it will be no-sew)

Here are a few ideas from my friends…..
**If you’d like to pin any of these to Pinterest, please be sure to click the link and pin directly from each blog. :)

duck-tape-curtains- Rain on a Tin Roof

How fancy are these Duck Tape Trim Curtains by Jenna over at Rain on a Tin Roof ?!
What a fun touch they add.

How-to-Make-a-Foam-Board-Cornice-Rhapsody in Rooms

Love this DIY Foam Board Cornice Megan made over at Rhapsody in Rooms.

Make-Roman-Shades-from-Mini-Blinds Rhapsody in Rooms

I’ve wanted to tackle this one myself…but haven’t yet.
Stop by to see how Megan @ Rhapsody in Rooms made this Mini Blind Roman Shade.


Wendi @ H2o Bungalow made her vertical blinds go from plain to totally fabulous with a stencil.
What a great idea!

Redhead Can Decorate

Another unique and fun way to hold curtains…how about a belt?
See it here… Julie @ Redhead Can Decorate.

Chaotically Creative DIY Drapes

I’m loving these DIY Outdoor Drapes Lesley @ Chaotically Creative made.
Can you believe they were made with drop cloths?! 

The-Easiest-Way-to-make-a-valance My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

I love the way Kristin made this pretty valance. So easy too!!

See it here… My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia.


I hope you enjoyed seeing different ways to “dress” your windows or add drapes/curtains to your home. 
The ideas are endless, really. No rules….just play around and do what speaks to you.

These are all very easy and do-able projects. 
I hope you’ll visit and give em a try!


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  1. Hi sweet friend, I love all of these creative window treatments! I need some inspiration too, mine are just plain blinds. Thanks so much for sharing my stenciled blind project:) OX- Wendi

    1. I think I used one but bought two to be safe. I’m getting ready to make another pair next week so will make sure to keep track. I will be posting the new curtains on May 5th on the blog. :)

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