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Stamped Window Curtains

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Begin with plain white curtains and add simple stamped patterns in any color that complements your room decor.

 Stamped curtains beside a window seat

Project Overview

Skill Level

Beginner

Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost

$$$$$

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Foam paint roller and pan
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors
  • Painter's tape
  • Spray adhesive
  • 120-grit sandpaper

Materials

  • 2 - curtain panels, #349708
  • 2 - 1-in masking tape, #168603
  • 1/2-in two-sided mounting tape, #394734
  • 1-1/2-in wood ornament, #39139
  • 3/8-in poplar buttons, packs of 20, #81606
  • 1/2-in poplar buttons, packs of 20, #81607
  • 2 - 1-in poplar buttons, packs of 6, #81609
  • 2-in x 48-in dowel, #43934
  • 3/8-in washers, pack of 10

Valspar Signature paint:

  • Lake Breeze (#5007-7B)
  • La Fonda Teal (#5007-8B)
  • Twilight Meadow (#5007-8A)
  • Sensual Jade (#5009-8)
  • Almond Puff (#3008-3A)
  • Pineapple Mousse (#3008-3C)

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Project Resources

Instructions

Make the Stamps

Step 1

To make the stamp that creates a floral design (Stamp B), cut a roughly 6-inch piece of 2-inch dowel and sand both ends smooth to provide a solid surface for the tape. Cut two pieces of double-sided mounting tape about 1-1/2 inches long, and apply them to the back of the 1-1/2-inch ornamental floret. Then press the floret centered on the end of the dowel.

Good to Know

One advantage of these stamps is that you can use rolls of tape you already have or buy rolls of tape that can be used for other projects when you're finished.

Step 2

 Flower and circle stamp parts

To make the stamp that creates roughly 1-inch circles (Stamp A), use double-sided tape to attach a 3/8-inch (7/8-inch diameter) washer centered on the end of another 6-inch piece of 2-inch dowel. Apply spray adhesive to one side of two washers the same size and stack them on the first washer. The extra washers help keep the edges of the dowel from accidentally touching the fabric.

Step 3

 Medium and large dot stamp parts

To build stamps that create a ring of dots (Stamps C, D, and F), decide how many evenly-spaced wooden buttons you can fit around a circular object, such as a roll of tape. Cut a piece of double-sided tape for each button, and then attach them in a circle.

Step 4

  Small dot and single-dot stamp parts

For small stamps, cut two pieces of 2-inch dowel about 6 inches long. Then tape 3/8-inch buttons in a ring around one dowel (Stamp F) and a 1-inch button centered on the other (Stamp E).

Stamp the Curtains

Step 1

Steam the curtain panels to remove wrinkles. Measure in 14 inches from the inside edge of each panel -- one will be a mirror of the other -- and mark the distance with masking or painter's tape.

Good to Know

Practice and perfect your stamping technique on a scrap piece of fabric, drop cloth, or scrap paper before applying it to the curtains.

Step 2

Beginning with the large-dot stamp, use a small foam roller to load the stamp with paint. Press the stamp firmly against the fabric and lift. Reload the stamp after each pressing to scatter these large patterns randomly along the curtain panels. You can also use the downloadable pattern as a guide.

Good to Know

When stamping, always place the stamp flat on the fabric and rock it just enough for a clear print. Rocking the stamp too far can leave accidental imprints from the edge of the dowel or roll of tape. Let the panels dry overnight before hanging.

Step 3

 Pattern being stamped on a white curtain

Continue decorating the panels with the next-size smaller stamps and a different color. Repeat for the remaining stamps and colors.