So, off to Michaels I went to pick up these very simple (and cheap) supplies:
8 Wooden Dowels, 3/4 Inch Diameter & 36 Inches Across ($0.99 ea)
8 Packages of Black Polymer Oven-Bake Clay ($1.25 ea)
1 Bag of Wooden Washers to fit my dowels ($0.75 bag of 20)
To make the curtain rods, I first cut one package of polymer clay in half. I rolled out two "snakes" with one end thick and the other end to a point. I used the Wooden Washer as a guide as to how thick to make the end that would later be attached to the dowel. I tried to make the "snakes" approximately the same length.
Then, I placed them on a cookie sheet and shaped them into a scroll just like the Pottery Barn rods.
I baked and cooled them according to the clay's directions. (Man, does that clay stink in the oven!)
Meanwhile, I painted all of the dowels and washers black with craft paint. When they were dry, I added a coat of Modge Podge to seal them and to give them a bit of a sheen.
Time for assembly! Using a glue gun, I attached the clay scrolls to the dowels and then added the wooden washer to cover the seam.
Finally, I gave the whole rod another coat of Modge Podge.
Compare these to the Cast Iron Curtain Rods that Pottery Barn would like to sell you for $59.00:
|Cast-Iron Drape Rod from Pottery Barn|
*A word of caution - these rods are not adjustable, so make sure you have the exact measurement of your windows before proceeding. Also, these are for curtains that have a wide opening at the top!
The Fake-It Yourself Breakdown:
8 Fake Cast Iron Curtain Rods (Dowels $0.99, Clay $1.25, Washers $0.75, Paint, Glue & Modge Podge on hand)
Total Fake-It Cost: $20.47, 8 Rods - Only $2.56 each!
Compare to Pottery Barn's Cast Iron Scroll Curtain Rods ($59.00 each)
Total Fake-It Savings: $451.53 - Now that's just amazing!
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