Of all the projects I have shared over the past five years, one of the most popular is my super cheap DIY curtain rods. They may not be flashy but they are such a great alternative to expensive curtain rods – especially when you are dealing with an extra wide window. It really is amazing how inexpensive curtain rods can be when you put them together yourself using a few simple items from the hardware store. Anytime you can whip up cute, functional curtain rods up to ten feet long for less than $15, it is a major win.
Four years later, my curtain rods are still going strong, but one little detail continues to nag at me. The lack of finials.
Not a huge problem, but I have to admit they were looking a bit naked. So finally I decided to do something about it.
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You can buy curtain finials on their own. But the inexpensive ones typically cost $10-$15 a pair and it seems incredibly silly to buy curtain rod finials that cost more than the whole curtain rod. Which meant a DIY job was in order. So I started pondering how to whip up some easy finials that would be cheap enough to compliment the cheapest curtain rods ever, but still look classy. And I finally came up with a great idea.
The finials themselves are made from cabinet knobs. The beauty of using cabinet knobs is there are a million different styles available so you can choose the exact look you want to match your room. Plus, if you know where to shop they are super cheap. I shared my favorite sources for inexpensive cabinet pulls and knobs here. There are tons of styles for less than $3 each and some are as little as $1 each!
But how to attach them? I considered using a strong glue, but because the curtain rod is made from a hollow pipe, it would be really tricky to line up the knobs and pipe exactly. Instead, I tried a new product I’d heard good things about and it worked perfectly! It is called Sugru and it is sort of a cross between play doh and glue. It is moldable and can be attached to all kinds of things. And it just so happens, it is perfect for turning cabinet knobs into curtain finials.
I used some mercury glass knobs that I bought on sale at Hobby Lobby. Sugru comes in several different colors; I chose black to match my oil-rubbed bronze curtain rods. This is seriously ridiculously easy to do. If your knobs have an attached screw like mine, form a small ring of sugru around the screw right at the base of the knob. If there is no screw, you can simply press a small ball of sugru into the base of the knob. I was able to attach four finials using one small pouch of Sugru.
Then press the knob to the end of the curtain rod.
It is a really tiny change, but these curtain rods finally feel finished!
Of course you could completely change the look of the curtain rods depending on what type of knob you chose. You could go subtle with a metal knob in the same finish as your curtain rod. Or make a splash with something big and bold.
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