DIY Budget Savvy Outdoor Curtains

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Yall we are pulling back the DIY budget savvy outdoor curtains on this outdoor hack, (warning: there will be a lot of curtain jokes for the duration of this post). This is the last project of our outdoor series & I am so excited for it to finally be complete!

Something about twinkly lights & sheer curtains makes a space feel extra whimsical & romantic, so of course, the patio needed some ASAP! But have yall looked at the price of “real” outdoor curtains?! They are crazy expensive & did not fit into my teeny tiny budget so I had to DIY my own version.

Here is the links to all the supplies:

DIY Outdoor Curtains And Screened Porch For Under $50

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Painting The PVC

Not only are the outdoor curtains expensive but so are the rods. So I decided I would use pieces on PVC instead! This is a great solution because its super cheap & also comes in long pieces.

Start by spray painting the PVC, I went with black satin. 

TIP: Do not let the PVC stay out in the sun for extended periods of time because it will bend & warp.

Hanging The PVC

To hang the PVC along the ceiling I used 5 pound Command Hooks. Be sure to follow the directions for applying them to ensure the best hold.

Cutting Down The PVC

Once the PVC is dry you can cut them down to size & hang them on the Command hooks. I recommend hanging them in shorter runs so that they will be more sturdy & easier to work with. For instance for a 12ft long area cut them at 6ft.

DIY Outdoor Curtains

Next I added my sheer curtains I bought from Walmart. They were like $5 a piece which is a great deal! Don’t be like me though & just eyeball the length you will need them because you will be wrong & they will be short. Trust me!

Waterproofing The Curtains

After the curtains are hung use Scotch Guard Water Repellant spray to waterproof the them. This will help extend the curtains life & keep them from looking dingy. I gave each curtain two really good coats.

Tying Back The Curtains

This rope is leftover from another project & I simply use it to tie back the curtains when we are not using them!


Thats it yall! It feels complete out here now & like a true oasis. The outdoor lights actually give off some great light too so evening dinner parties can really be a thing now!

Total Cost

This DIY outdoor curtain hack cost me less than $50 for everything which is a big win for me & my wallet! I even used the left over water repellant spray on my DIY bench cushion.

Completed Project

Now that the final project is complete, operation patio makeover can come to an end! I will be posting the complete reveal on the blog & doing a tour on our Instagram stories so be sure to stay tuned!

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  • Sva32892885 Sva32892885 on Jul 21, 2023

    Also a great curtain rod holder is the 3M Command Broom Gripper.

  • Carla Carla on Jul 21, 2023

    How do you keep insects and spiders and floating things in the air cleaned out of the curtains? I love the look and would love to have it . Our yard backs up to a green belt so it would look wonderful, I’m just worried about having to constantly clean them. But a great big WOW and thanks for sharing ❣️

  • Eld535365 Eld535365 on Apr 24, 2024

    Don’t they collect spiders and bugs?

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  • Sailor Sailor on Jul 20, 2023

    I’ve had this same idea on my screen porch for the last 12 yrs.It will last forever .

  • Roberta Roberta on Jul 20, 2023

    You can use twin white sheets from Walmart sister did...looks good!