Weekend Projects: Make a Shower Curtain 5 Ways

Still can't find the right shower curtain to match your bathroom decor? Why not make it yourself? You'll get the perfect curtain, save money, and derive a great sense of accomplishment. Here's how.

By Tracy Anderson | Updated Feb 15, 2014 10:08 AM

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Shower liners are a humdrum necessity. They perform the simple but important role of keeping water in the shower stall (and off the bathroom floor). The outer shower curtain, on the other hand, is purely decorative. And much like a well-chosen rug in a living space, the right shower curtain can be the finishing touch you need to bring together your bathroom decor. If you’ve shopped around but haven’t fallen for any available options, consider going the do-it-yourself route. There are at least a couple of good reasons to do so. First, when you make a shower curtain yourself, the price is always right. Second, you can tailor the design exactly to your needs. Of the many different ways to make a shower curtain, we’ve collected our five favorite approaches right here; scroll down now to check them all out!



How to Make a Shower Curtain - Stencil

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With a stencil, it’s easy to transform a plain white shower curtain into something one-of-a-kind. Make your own stencil from cardboard or buy one ready-made. Transfer the stencil onto your shower curtain using either paint or a waterproof marker. Alternatively, iron appliqués onto the curtain by means of bonding tape.



How to Make a Shower Curtain - Color Block

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If you’re handy with a sewing needle, make a shower curtain like this one to bring a lively stroke of color into an otherwise neutral bathroom. Few materials are needed to complete the project. Besides three different panels of linen fabric, the only requisites are measuring tape, basic sewing supplies, and a grommet kit.



How to Make a Shower Curtain - Blanket Style

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This video tutorial shows you how to make a shower curtain from a soft and stylish throw blanket. Grommets are the only addition: After mapping out the placement of the grommets, simply hammer each into place; there’s no cutting necessary. The result? We think it’s homey and gorgeous, and quite unlike anything sold in stores.



How to Make a Shower Curtain - Window Panel

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Believe it or not, you can make a shower curtain from virtually any panel-style curtain originally designed for windows. Of course, some window treatments translate better than others into the bathroom. It’s a question not only of style, but also of installation. Get all the details in this tutorial from SAS Interiors.



How to Make a Shower Curtain - Ribbon

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Ribbon can refashion a plain shower curtain into an accent that coordinates perfectly with the style and color palette of your bathroom. Select an appropriate color of ribbon in the width and texture you prefer, then apply it in a geometric pattern or in a less orderly, more artistic way. Possibilities are infinite and entirely subject to your creative judgment.