With the suffering economy I, for one, knew I could never afford the fabulous Ballard Design curtains that I had been yearning for…
Instead of b00-hooing about the fact that I could never afford these curtains, I decided to try my hand at hand-stamping my own curtains. I had two pairs of white sheer panels that I had purchased at our local dollar store (total for two pairs: $20). I would have preferred a heavier fabric but since I already had these curtains I decided to use them. I had some black fabric paint on hand, so all I needed to do was design a stamp.
I first looked at several medallion patterns online and made a few sketches. Since the homemade stamp was going to require a lot of fine cut work I decided to use the simplest design.
I traced my design onto some craft foam, cut it out using an X-acto knife…
…glued the cut out design to a wood block…and presto! A homemade stamp was born.
I spread one curtain over my dining room table and went to work stamping. I quickly learned that the panels shifted easily, causing the paint to smear, so I placed a white sheet of paper under each area that was to be stamped and heat-set the design with a blower dryer before moving on to another area.
In about two hours (phew!) I had new curtains that cost a fraction of what I would have spent on designer panels!
In the future I will be looking for heavier weight panels (probably a cotton/twill blend) as these sheers are great for summer, but I would prefer something sturdier for the winter months.