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10 Creative Ways to Use Household Items As Curtain Hardware

With a little imagination and a few simple DIY tricks, create one-of-a-kind hardware and tiebacks for your curtains from everyday objects.

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Branching Out

Sometimes the perfect object for a lightweight drapery rod may be sitting right outside your window. Branches can make for excellent, sculptural drapery rods with a few simple do-it-yourself updates. Search for a branch with the proper length and width to fit above a window and handle the weight of the chosen drapery panel. Next, cut it to size and spray-paint it in a color which contrasts well against the wall. Lastly, secure standoffs, ready-made drapery rod brackets or L-brackets directly to the wall using plastic drywall anchors, then attach the branch with screws or bailing wire.

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