How to Design Bedroom Curtains Out of Shower Curtains (~$5)





Introduction: How to Design Bedroom Curtains Out of Shower Curtains (~$5)

My older brother wanted some curtains in his room, but had extra no cash for a long time. Eventually, I went to the dollar tree and picked him up some shower curtains and stuck 'em in his room. He was pretty happy with em because his room was only just plain and white before. It was only 4 bucks for everything. They were so cheap that I had an idea to just write on them for a design.

I know it's odd to use shower curtains as regular curtains, but I always try keep as much money in my pocket if I can. If you don't have time, patience, and like to draw or color, then you can buy curtains with a design on them already. But if you want to create your own personal design, then I hope my first instructable gives you a good idea and an inexpensive alternative.

Step 1: Finding an Image/design

I have a blue themed bedroom and I knew I was going to buy blue shower curtains to match with them. You can always take any design and draw on the color of your choosing. Shower curtains I found at the Dollar Tree had limited colors, such as pink, light brown, green, gray, and blue.

For my room, I wanted to add some asian flavor to it,  because I had plain blue stripes or plaid in it before. I really liked the idea of white cherry blossoms. Google found me this nice painting of a tree at

You could always draw your own and create your own design if there's something specific you wanted, like the logo of a band you like, something musical related, piano keys, or hello kitty... flowers, airplanes, sports teams or equipment, names, letters, a character you like etc etc.. Make sure it isn't too complicated or large and has a lot of colors.

Step 2: Materials

2 Vinyl Shower Curtains (My package says 70in x 72in, or 177.8cm x 182.9cm)
1 Box of Shower Curtain Rings (12 pcs of rings)
Black Permanent Markers
Face Mask
Pencil (or a white crayon)
Post-its  <>

Everything I needed was picked up at the dollar store, Dollar Tree.

Shower curtains - I only drew on one shower curtain and then layered another behind it because they are thin.

Shower curtain rings - Shower curtains have holes in them, and all you need to do is stick the rings in them before you can hang them up. I used one set of rings but stuck two curtains on them.

Black Permanent Markers - The shower curtains are made of vinyl, which is why I use permanent markers to color on it. I previously had to design a large poster for a school club event using a large table cloth, but the parts of the acrylic paint cracked off as the wind moved it around. In this project, out of the four pack of markers I bought, only one ran out of ink. TRY TO GET FAT TIPPED MARKERS, if you're trying to color a large area. Chisel tipped ones are perfect.

Whiteout - I found this laying around my house in my garage. I didn't see any at the dollar tree when I went. But it should be around a buck or two.

Facemask - I can't stand the smell of permanent markers or eraser board markers. So I found this in my garage to be on the safe side. If there's a lot of coloring involved, stay in a ventilated area so you won't feel sick!

Step 3: Graphing Your Image Onto Your Curtains

My shower curtain was folded into a square, so when I opened it and spread it out, it had the wrinkles left of squares. This saved me a lot of trouble, because I didn't have to measure it or draw out a graph like I thought I had to. I counted how squares there were and the length was 7 by 8 squares. There are some left over "squares" that run off the top and bottom of the curtains, but I didn't count them because I didn't plan to draw that far. Think about if you want to have your design on the top, center, or sides, and how it might look when you hang it up. I have a bed that I know is going to be covering the bottom of the curtain, so I made my design higher.

If you have graphing paper, you can draw out and sketch your design on it. My image was on the computer, so I used open office to create a layer of a regular graph. Then on the layer under, I moved around my image under the graph to see how everything would fit. If you have a simple paint program, you can just draw lines over an image, but you need to make the squares the same size.

Lay your curtain on a flat surface to draw on. I put mine between the floor of my kitchen and garage and left all of the doors open around me to let the air in. I labeled my squares alphabetically on the width and used numbers for the length. The first column was labeled A. Since there were 8 columns, I labeled them with post-its from A - H. You could always pencil in the intervals. The rows were 1 - 7. Just like bingo, A4, etc etc.

Step 4: Sketching and Outlining Your Image

For my image, I graphed it to look the same. From there, I began pencil sketching it out from left to right. Putting it in a graph makes it easier to follow the design and makes it proportional. The labeling from before will be a good reference, so you don't lose your spot or make the mistake of drawing it in the wrong place. Especially with an image like the tree with a lot of branches, it could get confusing where you are drawing.

In my sketch, I just drew a general circle where a flower would belong, instead of drawing the entire flowers. I left space for them as I was drawing the branches.

Once you're all set with the pencil, you can start outlining it. It wouldn't make sense to draw with marker at first because we might make mistakes. I got a little lazy at the end and accidentally added some extra branches that weren't there. Patience during the planning will make turn out better!

Afterward, I "painted" in the flowers with whiteout. I didn't need to use that much whiteout for all of them.

Step 5: Coloring!

Color in your design with marker. When you put your curtain in the sunlight, it will be EASY to see the lines of the marker! =( Which is another reason I put the second curtain to layer it behind, to make it darker.

I used this to my advantage, and created the texture of a tree on the curtains by coloring it in round strokes. Make sure you use the same kind of permanent marker when coloring when you run out. The ink might be a little off in color, and will be really noticeable when the light shines through it.

It takes a loooong time to color in large areas, which is why I suggest chisel or fat tipped markers. Just coloring in marker in general takes a while. If you have a simple image and some help, it'll go along a lot smoother and faster!

Step 6: Putting Your Curtains Up

After the tedious coloring with markers is done, it's finally finished! All you have to do is put the shower curtain rings through the holes of the shower curtain. I used two shower curtains and used the one set of rings to puncture through the holes to hold both. I spent about 4 dollars on it because I had whiteout already.

I wanted to have two sides of the curtains meet together in the center to make the giant picture, but I think I like the way it looks whole.



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    17 Discussions

    I love this idea, I am going to try and make a genealogy chart with it. I have been wanting to make one to hang, but have not had any ideas on how. Cheap way to try.

    Great idea! I like your version better than the original! :)

    I really like this. Love the painting you chose and you did such a great job recreating it! For the curtain tabs you can use grosgrain ribbon, no-sew.

    I love it!!! I've been looking for the right curtians for months, thanks for this awesome idea~

    Absolutely brilliant. I have a doorway without a door (don't ask) and was just thinking about a single curtain drop, this is much better. The only concern I have is the use of markers. If anyone has any other ides for colouring this material I would be very gratefull. Well done.

    You can buy the iron hem tape at any fabric store or it came with some ikea curtains too i think.

    When I started reading your Instructables, I was not sure if this would turn out to be ok, since a vinyl curtain will just look too... well, shower curtain. But it looks just fabulous! And love the design and the way the lights come through. And then I said to myself, why not? I would have love to have done this, years ago, when I first got my first apartment. It looks fantastic! Also, h3idi has a good idea in regards to tablecloths. I have used in the past such material for costumes, and I usually find fabulous tablecloth material at thrift shops, and just transform them into something else with my sewing machine (a gift from friends). Also, some dollar store sell the cheap cloth version, I think they are polyester, but I bet they can also be turned into cute curtains. You can also paint them, using acrylics (you can find those at dollar stores now), and there is a way to set the paint on fabric: Thanks again for sharing this!

    wow that looks really great! I'll definitely be able to use this idea soon . . . yay moving on the cheap eh?

    I love the way it looks with the texturing . . . very three dimensional!

    A couple of suggestions: rather than simply having the tree extend into empty space I'd draw some sort of line to represent the ground to anchor the image. It feels almost unfinished as it is now. I'd also toss some roots under it to step up the gnarley cherry tree feel.

    Also, the shower curtain rings make for easy opening and all that and it definitely is less effort than what I'm about to suggest but it is hard to get away from realizing that you're looking at a shower curtain with them up there. If you've got a sewing machine I'd recommend either sewing a long straight line to create a loop at the top or get a contrasting color of fabric and create little tabs to go over the ring holes and hang the curtain from.

    All in all though, AWESOME idea and execution!

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    Thank you, Kaelessin! I'll definitely want to continue the tree at the bottom. My parents were starting to worry of my coloring on and off for 4 hours. I asked them if they'd rather me watch TV or play on the computer, and I think they were fine with it afterwards, haha. Maybe I'll toss in some faded out mountains on the right side after I get all settled in with school. At distance, it looks like plain thin fabric curtains, but it does look very reflective when I turn on the lights in my room from the vinyl. The little tabs sound very cute! I have no experience sewing at all, but it really does make me consider buying a sewing machine for my mom and I to use in the future. Thanks for your feedback!

    Yay art triumphing over entertainment (although art really is entertainment if you're an artist)! The mountains sound neat! Make sure to post some pics when you get a chance to finish your vision!

    Well, a single project doesn't (imho) warrant the investment in a sewing machine but I would also argue that sewing is a wonderfully useful skill to posses. My mom gave me her old machine a few years back now (a machine from the era where everything was made of metal and built like a tank) and I can say it's given me the exact abilities many of my projects have needed! From costumes, to gift bags, even lamps(!) it's been really fun.

    Many folks expect sewing to be tremendously difficult but in reality it's monumentally simple . . .often the hardest part comes from learning how to thread your particular machine (for which there are diagrams) and select skills like gathering. For straight lines it's just a matter of keeping a steady hand!

    Love it. I've used cute rubber duck fabric shower curtains for my son's room, when we had 9 foot wide windows 2 curtains fit the bill for a lot less than anything else. I've also used rectangular fabric tablecloths, and used iron on fabric stitching (tape) for making the casing for the curtain rod. No sew. I would like to say they were temporary, but I've been using them for 7 years now, both in the kitchen, and now in the guest room. They're plain light blue jacquard fabric, and reasonable, in my eyes. Yours are beautiful.

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    The rubber duck pattern sounds so cute! Iron on fabric stitching is basically tape? Where is it sold? And thank you, that is a real compliment to me! =)

    I found it from google at :