$5 Designer Look Curtains

I recently saw a pair of designer curtains with hand sewn crystals and I loved how glamorous they appeared. They were beyond expensive. I knew I wanted to try an inexpensive version of this technique. I was recently at Hobby Lobby and a long strand of faux crystal wedding garland caught my eye. At $5 (half off that week) I decided I would give this project a try. One strand will cover at least one regular curtain panel. How many crystals you use is up to you. Since the crystals are big I actually think I could have used less and spread them out more. I had some crystals left over on my long length 95" panel. Now I am not a big fan of hand sewing, but if I can do this project I think anyone can. It just requires a little patience. It took me one evening (while watching TV) to complete one panel. I have no idea how these curtains will do when they need dry cleaning. I seriously change my decor before my curtains usually need cleaning! But at an investment of $5 (not including the curtains) I wasn't too concerned. I really like this idea for a couture baby room, but really any room you want some bling in could work. This pair will be going into my spare bedroom, but I think I will be keeping my eye out for interesting crystal garland to make another pair for my dining room. This project is a really inexpensive way to change the look of regular store bought curtains into something special.

For this project you will need :


Wedding Crystal Garland (I got mine for $5 at Hobby Lobby but you can google wedding garland and you will find lots of choices. Just make sure the crystals are tied on (not glued) to the line so you can remove them.


Needle and Thread

Start by removing the crystals from the line. A small pair of scissors in helpful.

Lay out your curtain panel and place the crystals where you like them.

I staggered my crystals so four were on one row, three the next.

Mark the desired area with either a pin or a pen mark.

Sew on the crystals like sewing on a button. I started by locking my thread, then secured the top of the crystal. Then I ran the thread behind the crystal and secured the bottom. It will take a few hours to hand sew a large panel.  This is a good TV or movie project.

Enjoy your new designer curtains!


The Rebel Crafter


  1. I also saw those on "Donna Decorates Dallas" and they were WAY too outrageously expensive. I Love yours. Do you mind sharing where you found the curtains also? I have been looking for the same in the 96 length and those are beautiful.

  2. How beautiful! Thanks for sharing such a easy yet expensive looking redo.

  3. you won THE VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARD on my blog! <3
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    with love, Oshi


  4. These are just STUNNING! I really love the added detail of the crystals. Have a great week! :)

  5. I'm loving this idea. I'm going to have to try it myself!

  6. This turned out great. I love the subtle glitter effect and how rich it looks. Thanks so much for sharing at our Link It Up Thursday party.

  7. Great idea. We loved having you link up to our “Strut Your Stuff Saturday!” We hope to see you back next Saturday with more fun ideas! -The Sisters

  8. So simple yet so beautiful. What a great way to jazz up the curtains :)

  9. Anonymous4/19/2012

    What a gorgeous idea!!! Could you tell me where you got your curtain panels? I'm looking for something in the same length as you used!

  10. Thanks! These were an older pair I had bought at either Bed Bath & Beyond or Linens and Things, but I can't remember which one. :)

  11. And ya know, some curtain stores offer a box of odds-and-ends curtains... Nothing wrong with them, except that there may only be one curtain instead of a pair. Great! Put it on a small, side window or if it's the right size, put it at your door! With these instructions, they'll go from $3 curtains to a million dollar appearance!



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