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I wanted some unusual tie-backs for my curtains. I like old oak furniture and countryish stuff. So I had the idea to take two beautiful old silverplated spoons that I owned and I bent them back into a "U" shape. I then drilled through the spoons into the window trim and had a beautiful and unique tie-back set.
The spoons also made me think of my grandmother. Before doing this, the spoons just sat in an old chest and were never used. Larger soup spoons can be used for bigger windows. Also, make sure before you bend the spoons which side of the spoon you want displayed. Some of my very old spoons have interesting "bowls" on them and that is the part I like to show. Usually I like the engraved or decorated handles to show.
By Janet from Brant Rock, MA
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I have used large hair barrettes from the flea market, some are very decorative. It depends on how thick the curtain is.
Or how about being really thrifty and plaiting the legs of old stockings or tights and using those! :) That'd be a conversation piece!
By Carol in PA
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In the kitchen, drill a little hole into the handle end of silverware and then bend them backwards into a U shape. Screw it to the window frame and it looks really nice with the curtain in it.
In the bathroom, take old shower curtain hoops and link them together like a little kid's chain around the curtain and hook it onto a cup hook screwed into the window frame.
You can use a piece of the bendable hotwheels track in a boy's bedroom (or a girl who likes cars). Just punch a hole into both ends of the track, bend it around the curtain, and onto a cup hook in the wall.
Girls room, how about a piece of ribbon with Barbie clothes sewed to it? Or little toys from Happy meals? Or just string a bunch of buttons (kids can do this part).
At Christmastime, use garland or that plastic candy-looking garland. This can be done for any holiday or time of year.
Feel free to post your ideas below!
I have found cord and tassels at the dollar store - and even some cord rosettes attached to large plastic clips to hold up my curtains. This goes with my shabby chic decor.
I have used several strands of raffia and a few silk flowers tucked in at the top. Very casual look.
I agree with the previous person, the Dollar stores are great for finding tieback material. I have used the fancy twist-tie ribbon in the craft or giftwrap section.