If your eyelet curtains look floppy & flat and you spend valuable time re-adjusting the waves on each panel after you open them to make them look evenly spaced, you are going to appreciate this easy DIY window treatment update as a simple, yet creative SOLUTION to give your eyelet panel curtains even pleats and the perfect plump waves without any expensive extra hardware.
Start saving those toilet paper rollers, so you too can pleat, or wave fold your eyelet curtains like a pro and recycle at the same time!
This is the before and after on these inexpensive IKEA canvas panels I purchased almost 8 years ago. Putting Cardboard toilet tubes between the eyelets was THE THING that I didn’t realize I needed to do to them, but always wanted.
I mean, who doesn’t want their curtains to be more effortless, but look even better?
It has always bothered me that even though I have two panels on each side of my front window, they stay SMUSHED together, usually all day, because who has time to stand there and adjust all their window treatments every day?
I am happy I did it and I can say for sure now that putting a simple Toilet Paper roll between each eyelet will keep them hanging perfectly neat after opening and closing repeatedly.
The volume this nifty little trick helps my window treatments maintain, makes a SIGNIFICANT difference in appearance, they still slide effortlessly across the rod AND it was easy and virtually free to DIY.
HOW TO GIVE YOUR EYELET CURTAINS EVEN PLEATS
You too can keep your curtains looking magazine worthy, expensive and most people won’t even know that you did anything, they will just believe that you have some awesome curtain panels OR you spend the time to puff them out!
- 4 Cardboard Toilet Paper Rollers per 8 eyelet curtain panel.
- Strong arms
- Acrylic Craft Paint
- Mod Podge
STEP BY STEP - ALREADY HUNG CURTAIN PANELS
1. Collect your toilet paper rolls.
I used a total of 16 cardboard toilet paper rolls for 4 curtain panels with 8 eyelets each.
It took me a while to collect the TP cardboard since we have been using a bidet more often here. 😉 As an alternative, you can also use paper towel tubes, measuring and cutting to the right size.
IMPORTANT: Make sure you have enough before you go taking down your curtains.
2. Take down your curtains and wash them.
It’s probably been awhile? It is a big job that I like to avoid!
Make sure you read your labels to wash them properly, first. I have noticed over the years that some eyelet curtains will need a hand-washing.
3. Decide how much you want your curtains to protrude into the window opening.
In the effort of trying to save you the annoyance, I highly recommend this step. I did have to take the curtains down again after the first attempt, I used the cardboard roll, which was just too much.
- Measure each TP roll and add that many inches to the curtain panel when it fully compresses without the rolls. If a whole roll is too much, proceed to the cutting step.
4. Cut the Toilet Paper Rolls to size
I decided on 2.5 inches, that gave me the perfect wave for my 4 pane window. I still had enough light shine in on the sides so that my plants continued to get the sunshine they need!
If you cut the rolls, know that if you just cut them strait on with scissors, they will squish!
- To prevent the rolls from squishing, draw a ring around the roll where you will cut, make a small slit horizontally into the roll, and cut around the circle with scissors.
5. Fold your first curtain panel like an accordion.
This process is way easier if you are doing it as a two-person job. You will need someone to hand you the cardboard rolls while you are up on the stool, holding the curtains.
Folding the curtain panel before you get up on the step stool can be helpful!
- Lay the first eyelet hole, pretty side down then you are going to want to lay the next, on top of it pretty side down until you are finished stacking the eyelets.
Put the first eyelet on the curtain rod
With your curtain panel in hand, all folded up like an accordion, insert the first eyelet and keep the rest of the panel in your hand.
This is where you are going to have someone hand you your toilet paper tube & slide the cardboard tube onto the rod! *do not slice the roll to put it over the rod.
- REPEAT THE PROCESS UNTIL YOU HAVE ALL EYELETS UP!
THERE YOU HAVE IT!! A Simple home hack that can make a difference in how your curtains make your HOME feel!
DO THE TOILET PAPER TUBES SHOW?
NOPE! Even though it looks like they do in the image, once I slide them and stand back, from my view, they are not visible at all, and my eyelets are quite large. If your toilet paper rolls are skinnier, there may be a chance they will slip through your eyelet hole. In this case, you may want to measure the size of the eyelet and compare it to the size of the cardboard roll.
TIP: If you are still concerned they will show and don’t want to spend the effort taking the curtains down to figure that out, Paint them the colour of your curtain rod before you even try!
WILL THE TOILET PAPER ROLLS FALL APART?
I have had my toilet paper roll spacers up now on my window coverings for two months; I wanted to make sure that I tried them out before I shared my take on this hack here. They get opened and closed and still are sliding just as they did the day, I put them up.
Do not slice the rolls to insert them over the rod that is cheating! LOL
If you do insist on doing that, because you can’t get your curtain rod down, okay… just do yourself a favor, give the toilet paper rolls a light coating of mod podge first to seal that paper, make them stiffer and keep it from unravelling. After you slide the split roll over the rod, make sure to add a piece of tape to close it up, otherwise, when you are sliding the curtains back and forth, it will fall off!
WHERE I GOT THIS WINDOW TREATMENT INSPIRATION...
While I would love to credit where I first glanced at the original idea, or who really came up with it first, my story may sound familiar; I was browsing tik-tok while lying in bed one night…. I had to be quiet because my husband was snoring and needed to wake up early for work. I scrolled up, saw this, thought it was cool, but kept on going.
The next morning, I woke up, took one look at my limp curtains in my newly painted living room and knew I had to do that thing too so, I figured it out!
All good inspiration & ideas come from somewhere, and I am very thankful to the person who shared this little DIY hack for my window treatments because I feel it has made me feel prouder of my living area space.
I’m paying it forward, sharing what I have learned in the process of doing, so you don’t have to repeat any of my mistakes!
Now, here is the million-dollar question…
Are YOU going to try this frugal DIY Window Treatment update and give some lonely, un-recycled toilet paper rollers a permanent home?
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