Creative Ideas for Curtain Tiebacks
Curtain tiebacks have been used throughout history. Their original purpose was strictly functional in nature—to let air and light into a room. While we still use them for that reason, tiebacks have become quite the home decorating accessory. If you have shopped for them recently, I'm sure you've noticed they can be quite expensive—especially for beaded, metal, and glass varieties.
Why pay for someone else’s creativity when you can make curtain tiebacks that are comparable to, and, in most cases, more beautiful than readymade designer versions? In fact, you may already have many of the materials for these projects at home. If not, you can pick them up for a song at local craft stores, tag sales, thrift stores, and antique malls.
Leather and patent belts lend an air of Ralph Lauren-like sophistication to your curtain panels. All it takes to make them is a sharp pair of shears, glue, plastic rings, heavy-duty thread, an upholstery needle, and cup hooks.
Snip off a section of the belt and “hem” the cut ends by folding and gluing them. Use clothes pins to secure the ends until dry. If your belt has a particularly lovely belt buckle, use it as part of the tie back. If not, just go for a plain leather tieback.
On each end, sew on plastic rings with heavy-duty thread. An upholstery needle will make this task much easier. Loop the rings onto cup or plant hooks screwed into the wall.
Old doorknobs—glass, crystal, or metal—are ideal for repurposing into curtain holdbacks. You will also need to find backplates on which to mount the doorknobs. The only other materials you’ll need are bits of hardware and copper tubing cut to size with a hacksaw or pipe cutter. If you like, you can paint the copper tubing and backplate to coordinate with the doorknob and your decor.
Place the tubing over the doorknob stem, leaving a portion of the stem exposed on the end. Insert the doorknob stem through the hole on the backplate. Screw an electrical nut onto the exposed stem to hold the doorknob in place. Mount the backplate onto the wall. Voila, you have created vintage doorknob holdbacks for your curtains!
Ribbon and Silk Blossoms
Head to the fabric store in search of wide grosgrain or silk ribbon to fashion into floral tiebacks. Then wait until your favorite craft store has a sale on silk flowers. Choose huge blossoms that coordinate with the color palette of your room. Suitable silk blooms for this project include hydrangeas, pompom chrysanthemums, dahlias, and peonies.
Simply snip the flower from the stem. Place a dab of hot glue on the base of the flower and affix it onto the ribbon. Tie the ribbon into a pretty bow and loop it over a cup hook for a springtime curtain tieback appropriate for any time of the year!
The next time you hit up a garage sale or flea market, look for pieces of silver flatware to create stationary holdbacks for your curtains. This one is super easy and is guaranteed to add a sense of elegance to your room!
Forks and spoons are best for this project. Drill a hole approximately an inch from the tip of the handle. Once the hole has been drilled, carefully bend the utensil into a U-shape. Attach your beautiful new silver holdbacks with anchors and screws on each side of your window opening. You can polish the silverware or leave it in its patinated state.
This idea will surely add whimsy to your sheer curtain panels! Use vintage teacups with floral patterns for a feminine take on tiebacks. Look through mom or grandma’s collection of dinnerware, and see if they might be willing to donate a few to the causes.
With an electric drill fitted with a hole cutting bit, make a large hole in the bottom of the cup. Mount a cup hook or decorative plant hook on each side of your window. Thread your curtain panel through the hole, and hang the teacup handle on the wall hook.
If you have shopped for readymade beaded curtain tiebacks, you know they are very pricey. Get the same upscale look by creating beaded tiebacks from old or new necklaces from your discount retailer, jewelry box, or thrift store.
Choose two similarly colored or identical beaded necklaces. Wire a silver or gold jewelry ring onto the clasp end of the necklace. Wrap the necklace around your curtain panel and fasten the clasp. Screw cup hooks into the side window moldings or wall. Place the jewelry rings onto cup hooks.
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