Both of my kids have those room darkening curtains which work great at night-time. In the daytime, however, I find because they're so snug, they're hard to slide along the curtain rod to open them straight across. I decided tie-backs would work better than inching them open each morning, and then inching them closed at night.
Being me, I didn't want to spend much money, wanted something cute that fit the room themes, and wanted something easy that didn't require power tools or a lot of time and mess.
I came up with this little hack that's worked perfectly and cost about $5 each set - all you need are Command hooks, a glue gun, and little wooden decorations.
I found the decorations at Michael's Craft Supplies with all their wooden things. I don't know technically what they're for but they have tons of shapes and designs and even blank ones you can paint yourself if you're so fancy. They cost less than a dollar each.
I did Miss M's a couple years ago and got her a couple dragonflies to go with her nature themed bedroom. I finally found ones for Mr M's room this week as I'm in the process of updating his space to a big boy car themed room. I wanted matching ones but the cars would have been going in the same direction and I wanted them facing each other so I got a car and a bus for him.
It's so simple to do and takes all of five minutes. Stick your Command hook up on the wall where you want the curtain to open. I eyeballed it but measuring would probably be more sensible. Make sure the open part is facing away from the window (as shown below).
Then fire up that glue gun and get your little decorations ready (peel off any price tags or other stickers on them).
Generously glob some glue on the hook part.
Then press the decoration on the hook, making sure it sticks out a little past the end of the hook to give you more length to hold the curtain with. Press down for about thirty seconds to make sure it's secured.
Then do the same on the other side. Let them sit for a couple hours before trying them with the curtain to be sure the glue is fully dry. And then you're done!
Miss M, has had hers up for almost two years and we use it daily. One came off this spring but a quick dab of more glue and it's been back on for a couple months now with no issues. If kids were opening and closing the curtains themselves they may not last as long, but they can't reach these so only adults do them. I'm not super gentle with them though and so far, so good.
So there you go - custom curtain tie backs that take very little time and money. Plus the kids both love them!
What's your favourite household decor hack?
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