If your eyelet curtains look floppy & flat, leaving you to spend your valuable time re-adjusting the waves on each panel to make them look evenly spaced, you are going to appreciate this easy DIY window treatment update!
This empty toilet paper roll hack is a simple, creative SOLUTION to give your eyelet panel curtains perfect, long-lasting pleats.
Perfect even waves without any expensive extra hardware.
Admit it, you been saving toilet paper tubes in a target bag, on a hook in the depths of the craft closet, just waiting to hop on the next craft for toilet paper rolls trend, too. ;P
Well, my creative DIY'er friend, I have good news!
It is time we repurpose those cute cardboard babies, instead of just letting them take up space, eventually tossing them in the recycle bin, like me.
Make your eyelet curtains look like a home-decorator waved their magic wand & spread the word!
This is the before and after on these inexpensive IKEA curtain panels I purchased almost 8 years ago -they held up AMAZING.
Yet, It has always bothered me that I have these two large curtain panels on each side of my front room window, yet they stay SMUSHED together. -usually all day, because who wants to take time adjusting window treatments when there are so many other creative things to do?
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.
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.
Sadly, the Christmas toilet paper roll crafts will have to wait, I used all the Cardboard toilet paper tubes for this easy home project totally worth the little time spent and It really was THE THING that I didn't realize I needed to do, but always wanted, unlike the toilet paper roll crafts.
HOW TO GIVE YOUR EYELET CURTAINS EVEN PLEATS
You too can keep your curtains / drapes looking magazine worthy, expensive and most people won't even know that you did anything, they will just believe that you have some high quality 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 your curtain panels properly, first. I have noticed over the years that some eyelet curtains will need a handwashing.
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, the cardboard rolls will show on your curtains, but don’t want to spend the effort taking the curtains down to figure out that it won't work for your eyelets, paint the cardboard toilet rolls 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 effortlessly across the rod with little to no friction, just as they did the day, we put them up.
Do not slice the toilet paper 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!
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 rolls a permanent home?
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