DIY Stenciled Curtains

9 Materials
2 Hours

One of my favorite ways to quickly update a space is to swap out the curtains. But how are you supposed to stay on budget when a single panel costs $50?

Let me show you how we were able to make not one, but 4 patterned curtains for right around $50. AND now we have a super awesome stencil to use on future projects (I’m thinking a wall or maybe some pillows--so many possibilities)!

(Disclosure: This post was written in collaboration with Stencil Revolution. All opinions are my own.)

You will need:

How to Stencil Curtains

1.Pick out your stencil.

This might be the hardest step considering there are so many great patterns and styles to choose from! I’d highly recommend using a wall stencil from Stencil Revolution--incredible patterns and they are large. The bigger the stencil, the less times you have to move it and line it up! 

2.Prep your curtain. 

Wash and dry your curtains according to instructions on the label. Then steam your curtains to get out any wrinkles that might get in the way while painting. 

3.Prep your workspace. 

First protect your paint surface with a tarp. Then, place your curtain on your work surface, making sure there are no wrinkles. 

4.Place your stencil.

Position the stencil on top of the curtain in the top corner. You want the pattern to be hanging off the edge slightly in case you accidentally position it crooked. Tape the stencil in a few places on and around the curtain to prevent it from moving while you paint.

5.Paint your curtain.

  • Start with a paint roller. Evenly load the paint onto your roller and then roll it onto a paper towel to remove any excess. Your roller will paint the stencil before painting the curtain. Don’t worry, that’s normal. Continue rolling over the same areas to build the paint and get even coverage. 
  • Once you have a pretty solid coat of paint on your curtain, switch to a stencil brush to even it out and get any nooks and crannies.
  • Dab your stencil brush in paint and then onto the paper towel to remove any excess. Dab your stencil brush on the areas that need extra paint. You can also lightly paint in a circular motion using this brush. 
  • Note: if you want a worn look, you can just quickly go over the stencil with a roller 1-3 times. Some areas will be darker, some will be lighter. You can see the comparison of the solid color vs. an imperfect approach below. It’s a beautiful effect and will save you a ton of time!

6.Reposition your stencil. 

When you finish an area, carefully remove your stencil and check the back for any paint that might have bled through. If the back is clean, line your stencil up with the edge of the section you just finished painting.

Since the curtain stretches and moves easily, this might take a few minutes. Once you get one area lined up, tape the stencil down in position. Work your way down the stencil, pulling the curtain slightly in various directions to get it to line up all the way down. 

7. Continue stenciling.

Continue painting using the technique in step 5. Focus on painting one element of your stencil at a time, rather than going over the entire area with a roller at once. This will help your pattern look clean, even if the curtain ends up shifting slightly while you paint. 

8.Hang your curtains up!

Once your curtains dry, it’s time to show them off! Hang as normal.

There you have it! Now you know how to create beautiful, patterned curtains without spending a lot of money on each individual panel. So tell me, what stencil are you going to use on your curtains?

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2 questions
  • Dl.5660408
    on Mar 19, 2020

    First of all, they’re beautiful, love the stenciling! Are they washable, did you add anything to the paint to adapt it for fabric, and are those sheers? Lovely decor addition ❤️❤️❤️

    • Zoe Hunt
      Zoe Hunt
      on Mar 22, 2020

      Thank you!! I didn't do anything to the paint to adapt it to fabric. I accidentally got this paint on my shirt 6 months ago and it's never come out or faded in the wash. I haven't tested out the curtains yet, but I'm guessing it will be the same since they are both polyester fabric. The curtains aren't sheer, but they let a lot of light through.

  • Benjamin
    on Mar 23, 2020

    damn... who knew someone could stencil the sheers? I'm blown away.

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  • Bushra
    on Apr 4, 2020

    Very beautiful, you nailed it.

  • Dee
    on Apr 4, 2020

    Wow what a great idea. Your curtains came out beautiful.

    Did the paint bleed through the stencil?

    How long did it take to dry?

    Great Job!!!!!

    • Zoe Hunt
      Zoe Hunt
      on May 12, 2020

      Hi Dee! The paint did bleed through the curtain, so the backside also has the pattern. We only had them dry for 2 hours or so before hanging.

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