Hi Pretty Handy Girl readers! I’m Vineta from The Handyman’s Daughter, where I write about home improvement, woodworking and DIY decor. I’m so excited to be sharing my tutorial for creating your own magnetic curtain tie backs with you today. This simple project is perfect for renters who can’t put holes in the wall for hooks, but still want to hold their curtains open to let the sun shine in.
Materials for Magnetic Curtain Tie Backs
- Wood shapes (I used 2″ and 2 1/2″ circles)
- Craft paint
- Ribbon or cord
- Decorations like faux flowers (optional)
- Hot glue gun
Start by painting the wood shapes, making sure to coat the edges and back. My curtains have a white and turquoise chevron pattern, so I went with classic white.
Next, apply the magnets to the center of each wooden shape. Make sure to check the polarity of the magnets before you attach them so the two halves attract instead of repel! I paired a larger circle with a smaller one for the back.
Next, wrap a length of ribbon or cord around your curtain to determine where to cut it. You want it tight enough so that the curtain tie backs will stay in place, but not so tight that the curtains look smushed.
Wrap tape around the spot before cutting the ribbon or cord to prevent fraying. Then attach each end to the wooden shapes next to the magnet with hot glue.
Click the two halves together and you should have something that looks like this. Test it out on the curtain to make sure it’s the right length.
Now comes the fun part! You can decorate these curtain tie backs in so many ways, from faux flowers to stencils to stickers. Wander around your local craft store for ideas, especially in the scrapbooking aisle. Just look at all these options!
Even though my faux flowers have an adhesive back, I decided to give it a little reinforcement with some hot glue.
That’s it! Your curtain tie backs are ready to brighten up the room!
When you want to close the curtains, just remove the tie backs and leave them on the windowsill. They’ll be hidden behind the curtain and ready for you in the morning.
Until next time!