Introduction

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Easy and affordable, these stylish curtains make a big impact in any space. Painting canvas creates a slightly stiff curtain, but they hang beautifully, and using grommets means there is no sewing required!

Step 1

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Make Template

Create a stencil for your chevron design using poster board. Cut a 15” x 16-1/2” rectangle. Then create two triangles by dividing on the diagonal.

Step 2

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Make Template

Align the two 16-1/2” edges and tape together. This will give you one half of the chevron design.

Step 3

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Outline With Painter's Tape

Lay the drop cloth out on a smooth, protected surface. Outline your pattern with painter's tape. Start with the template pointed up towards the center, 12 inches from the top of the canvas. Lay painter's tape just outside the top and bottom edge of your template. Flip the template over and repeat the taping on the other side. Continue flipping and taping until you have completed a whole row of zigzags.

Step 4

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Make Sure Each Stripe is Evenly Spaced

Start the next row of zigzags, 15 inches below the first. If you align the template two inches above your bottom line you can find your first top line and continue from there. Repeat until you have three sets of zigzags.

Step 5

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Paint

Before you begin painting, make sure that the tape is firmly in place and the surface under the canvas is well protected. Optional: add a small amount of water to the paint to make it go further and dry thinner. Use a foam roller to paint inside the three sets of zigzags. Make sure you’re only painting between the larger rows of zigzags, skipping over the skinnier rows.

Step 6

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Peel Off Tape

Peel off all tape and allow the canvas to dry. Repeat the whole process with the other piece of canvas.

Step 7

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Create Top Hem

To attach the grommets, fold the top of the canvas down six inches and press with a hot iron.

Step 8

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Mark Circles for Grommets

Using the template that came with the grommets, mark eight circles 1-1/2" from the top of the fold and 6-1/4" apart, with the first and last grommet one-inch from the edge. Make sure to use an even amount of grommets.

Step 9

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Cut Circles

Cut out the marked circles taking care to only cut inside your drawing.

Step 10

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Insert Grommets

Place the prong side of the grommet on the back side and the smooth side on the front, centered over the hole. Press the grommet together. Repeat for all eight grommets and the second curtain.

Step 11

Hang and Enjoy!

The light that filters through this bold design is really beautiful. No one will believe you made these curtains from drop cloths.