Raise your hand if you love polka-dots. Keep it up if you’re a sucker for a jumbo polka-dot!
Well then you’ve got to stick around to see how I made these jumbo polka dot curtains!
When driving in the car the other day listening to “Wheels on the Bus” for the gajilienth time, I realized that in all the fall frenzy I never gave you an update on the Grandkid’s Room over at my mom’s house.
Last time I mentioned it was when I showed you how to get perfect paint lines when painting stripes.
I can’t wait to show you the big reveal, but one of the biggest wow factors in this room has to be these polka dot curtains that are inspired by a pretty pricey fabric.
I’m glad I came up with a DIY version because this project cost me right around 30 bucks for both curtain panels!
To catch some of you up on the situation, my mom (the best Uma ever) wants a bedroom at her house that’s special for when the grand kids come over and I’m helping her make it happen.
First, we came up with a gender neutral color palette of navy and turquoise with a little bit of green.
The original plan was to buy some polka dot fabric that we’d seen with large navy blue polka-dots on it. But when we realized it was going to cost us over 100 bucks to make them, we had to come up with an alternative and I’m so glad we did.
I am a sucker for a jumbo polka-dot and think that it’s kid like, but more graphic than juvenile, so it will grow with the four grand kids that will nap, play, and have sleepovers in this room.
To paint your curtains you will need:
- curtain panels
- fabric paint (or craft paint that works on fabric)
- something round from around the house that is the diameter that you want your circles to be (I used a small bowl)
- and a small paint brush.
How to Paint Polka Dot Curtains
The hardest part of this project is finding a space big enough to lay your curtain panel out flat. It will need to stay there for about 24 hours so keep that in mind.
Step 1: Trace your polka dots onto your curtains
I’m not big on measuring, so I just started tracing my bowl in the top right corner and worked my way down the curtain in a straight line, spacing my circles about 10 inches apart.
When I got to the bottom, I went back up to the top and started my next vertical line 10 inches away from and half way between the top two in the line I just made. You can see the pattern in the picture below. There are a few mistakes, but when they hang it looks fine.
Step 2: Fill in your jumbo polka dots with paint
When you’re ready to start painting it’s best to fill in the middle part of the circle first and then carefully do the edges.
Be sure to get a pretty thick coat of paint (especially if you’re using white fabric like I did,) because when the sun comes through them you can see where there isn’t enough paint. I had to do a few touch ups after I hung them up the first time.
Step 3: Let them dry before hanging
Allow them to lay flat and dry for 24 hours. The last thing you want to do is smudge your perfect polka dots by hanging them too soon!
I ain’t gonna lie. This is a little bit time consuming…but the money I saved was totally worth it!
What do you think? Totally worth the time and effort right?
This was only one of the ways we saved some serious cash in this kid bedroom.