Thursday, February 23, 2012

"Pottery Barn" Cast Iron Curtain Rods - Tutorial

Here's the conversation I had with myself last week:  "Now that I am free to go crazy with home decor, the very first thing I'd like to make for my new house are curtains.  Sure, that seems easy enough...but wait...what am I going to hang those curtains on?  Crap, I don't want to pay tons of money on curtain rods!"  ...Pause... "Duh, Heather, you can make your OWN curtain rods!"

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
Cast-Iron Drape Rod from Pottery Barn


My Version
When we get to the new house, I'll hang them above the windows using inexpensive cup hooks painted black - super simple!

*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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  1. I used an old top rail from a chain link fence. there is nothing on the end yet though. I like the clay finials.

  2. Thanks for the Great Tutorial!!!I may very well be make this project for my den's window.

  3. All I can say is....AWESOME! Thanks for sharing.

  4. never fail to surprise me with your ingenuity and creativity! What a great solution, and well-executed, too. Nice job! :)

  5. That is sooo neat!

  6. Sweet! I'd never thought of copying the iron doodads with clay.

  7. I'm impressed!! Looking at the picture you could never tell they weren't iron!

  8. Making my own homemade rods too, but needed longer, used 8 ft. galvanized pipe (1.87 ea.)

  9. I LOVE IT!!!!! Genius idea!!! I have a HUGE window that I can get a rod for... so I used a copper pipe. I'm now going to be able to make fancy ends for them! Thanks!!

    Please share this on my blog:

  10. Very creative! I wouldn't have guessed it was clay. Looks great!

  11. Simply amazing. I wouldn't have known they weren't iron if I hadn't read this! Awesome idea!

  12. wow, you are so creative! I never would have thought to use those materials or to make my own curtain rods. Please don't forget to link up to Frugal Tuesday Tip.

  13. The clay finials = brilliant! Great job and I may have to copy :)

  14. Such a great project :)

    Love for you to share it at my "Made by ME" Linky Party Wednesdays :)

  15. This is genious! This has my creative juices flowing now as to what else you could do with clay.
    Love your blog!!!

  16. Hi there! I'm visiting you from your link up on Tip Junkie. I'd like to invite you to link up with us for Fun Stuff Fridays linky party! This would be a nice addition to our list of Fabulous Fun Stuff!

  17. Love them! One question: how did you attach them to hang them up??

  18. The curtain rods which are shown in this website are looks good and their designs are in new shapes and gives a perfect looks.To know more about curtain rails you can visit in
    Curtain Rails

  19. It seems to be a good service. Thanks for sharing the same.

  20. Crap, I don't want to pay tons of money on curtain rods!" ...


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