Monday, August 1, 2011

In Honour of Being Civic

Did you know? According to Wikipedia, the purpose of the Civic Holiday is to commemorate the abolition of slavery in Britian -- and therefore, Canada. This post has absolutely nothing to do with that except for the fact that we have the day off and I, therefore, have time to present you with this, a second Monday post, a bonus post, if you will.

A how-to!

On Friday night, after we lugged our bed and nightstands up the stairs and into the front bedroom, I stood in front of the big picture window and thought hard -- where had I put the curtain rod? I had the curtain, but despite sorting through our room of stuff (yes, we have a room of stuff -- I should probably just throw it all out), no curtain rod was to be found. How on earth are you supposed to hang a curtain without a curtain rod?

This is how:

1.  Take 3 nails and some twine.

2.  Hammer the nails at equal distances across the length of the window, one in the middle and one on each side.

3.  Cut a length of twine long enough to string between two nails.

4.  Tie the twine to one outside nail.

5.  Thread your curtain onto the twine. Ikea curtains work well for this -- mine has the hoops hidden on the back, so you don't see the twine at all when it's hanging.

6.  Tie the twine to the middle nail. Keep it as tight as possible, but don't worry if it's not completely taut. It's just as charming with a little droop.

7.  Repeat on the opposite side with the second panel.

8.  With another length of twine, tie a bow to the middle nail, just to dress it up a little.

9.  Rearrange your curtains to be evenly spread out on the twine and step back to admire your handiwork.

And now, I'm off to do something useful now that the day is finally getting a touch cooler!


  1. Super cute curtains, and I love the twine peeking out from between them :o)

  2. This is such a clever idea. I love the curtains!

  3. @A little old house

    Thank you! I do too... that's why I added the extra bow!

  4. Well done!! Hubs did something similar for our house. Will share the pics soon :)

    I am hosting my first link-up party - Tea Time Thursdays @ Kreative Korner. Would be glad to see some of your awesome posts there. Hope to see you at the party.

  5. I definitely have to do this. I have a few Ikea curtains and no curtain rods in our upstairs. We recently realized that our neighbors can see into almost every single window (including a couple bamboo shades I thought they couldn't!!)

    I'm glad someone else has a room of stuff. We have a "box room" or a spare bedroom that was basically floor to ceiling boxes for a few months... We can finally walk into it!