How to Make Curtains With Recycled Materials

06 November, 2020
If you want to make your own curtains with recycled materials, you'll find some very original ideas in this article. You just have to test your creativity!

As time goes by, the use of recycled materials applied to decoration and interior design is increasing. Thanks to these recycling ideas, we can save money, help the environment, and personalize our homes at the same time. With that in mind, we suggest making curtains with recycled materials.

These curtains are laborious and require a little patience. However, the result is spectacular and always very colorful. Are you going to make your own curtains with recycled materials?

Recycling and imagination without limits

Many people may think that reusing objects and giving them another use is strange or tacky. In fact, the essence of recycling materials is to give something that’s considered garbage new life. However, recycling doesn’t have to be at odds with good taste or elegance; it all depends on your imagination.

The art of recycling can turn something boring and insubstantial into a unique piece of great value and utility. Never underestimate your possibilities and resources. With a little bit of free time and effort, the results will amaze your guests.

To inspire you, we’ll show you how to make a curtain with recycled materials.

Making curtains with recycled materials.
There are many materials that can be recycled to make beautiful curtains for your home. You simply need to use your creativity.

Curtains with recycled materials

Everything that requires effort takes on greater value. Doing this type of craft, regardless of your skills or knowledge, can turn a simple curtain into an object that you’ll love.

However, it’s important to know how to choose the materials you’ll be working with. The options to create your ideal curtain can be infinite, as that’s the magic of recycling.

The choice of materials always depends on the space where they will be useful and on criteria of functionality and feasibility. For example, if we have small children, we should not make a curtain that is within their reach and is made of materials that can be easily broken.

Bamboo

To begin with, making your own curtain with bamboo canes can be a very elegant and sophisticated idea. For those of us that live in the western hemisphere, bamboo has an exotic and even tropical feel.

You just have to keep in mind that this type of curtain produces a peculiar sound when it moves and the canes bump into one another. For some, it’ll sound like poetry. However, for others, perhaps not so much–in fact, some may find it annoying.

A curtain made of recycled bamboo can have a different use than a common curtain. It can help to divide large spaces and create individual areas, and also provide shade.

Something more complicated and laborious is to make a roller blind from bamboo. It’s a very good variant to consider, but it requires a more complicated process.

Read also: Homemade Keychains: Recycled Ideas

Bottle caps

If you want to give a fun and casual look to your house or patio, a curtain made of plastic bottle caps or lids is your best solution. This option also contributes to the preservation of the environment and makes you aware of the importance of recycling plastic containers.

The small difficulty of making a curtain with caps is having enough of them. Since hundreds of caps are needed, you’ll have to also your friends to save them for you.

It’s good to know the colors you’re going to choose so you can focus your collecting efforts rather than saving bottle tops you don’t need.

A curtain made from bottle tops.
By reusing the plastic bottle caps you can make a nice curtain to put in bedrooms or living rooms. What do you think?

Coffee capsules

For families who consume coffee in capsules, here’s a nice idea to recycle all those small disposable containers. With nylon thread and strong glue, you can create the strips of a small curtain that separates, for example, the kitchen from the living room.

If you manage to patiently gather all the capsules you need, you can create some pattern or image with the different colors of these containers. It’ll definitely be a conversation starter with your guests and more than one will end up copying it.

Read also: Five Ideas to Decorate Your Living Room with Recycled Materials

More ideas for a curtain with recycled materials

Finally, if you want to personalize your house even more, you can use materials that have a direct relationship with your personality or interests. There are curtains made with buttons, with the corks of wine bottles, with soda bottle caps, with slides or X-rays, with CDs, with fabric remnants, or even with ropes.

Any recycled material that’s non-toxic and in good condition can be used to create a charming and unique curtain that you’d never find in stores. So, which idea is your favorite?

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