patio curtains + DIY rope tieback

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Curtains are made and are up on the back patio!!!!

Me likey,  Me likey a alot.  Especially with my DIY rope tiebacks I'll tell you about in a bit.

I decided to make my own due to the extra long length I needed.  Oh, and because pre-made outdoor curtains are EXPENSIVE!!!  I purchased this outdoor fabric and used these plastic grommets.  

TIP // Slide chain inside the bottom hem of the curtains to help weigh them down so they don't flap all over the place and drive you crazy every time the wind blows.

For the outdoor curtain rods I used 1/2" electrical conduit and spray painted it.  I used regular interior curtain rod hooks, but used exterior wood screws to attach them to the header.

While I really, REALLY love the look of using pipe and flanges for outdoor curtain rods, I wanted to be able to take the curtains down easily for cleaning/storms/winter and didn't want to have to unscrew the flanges from the header every time.

Ok, on to those fabulous rope tiebacks!

Here's what you'll need:

1/2" metal coupling // electrical tape // twine // 3/4" manila rope (appox. 2' per tieback)

STEP ONE: Cut three strands of twine about 6 inches long and tape to one end of the rope using electrical tape.

STEP TWO: Braid the strands of twine.  Then loop over and tape the ends down with electrical tape.

STEP THREE: Push the metal coupling over the end of the rope.  A couple of mine slide on easily and a couple threw up a major fight going on. 

Do the same thing for the other end and you're done!

For attaching mine to the brick, I drilled into the mortar with a brick drill bit and screwed in a simple hook.

Almost at the finish line!  I've still got to add in pillows and accessories and then we are done-zo.

Here's a little progress recap:


  1. AMAZING. they look amazing. i so want to come hang out there!! we can chill, let the men do the cooking....

  2. You are amazing!!! The curtains, and the entire patio, are beautiful!!! There's a good chance that I'll be copying every single thing out there. :-)

  3. Woot, woot! It's looking amazing!

  4. Your whole porch is gorgeous and I love the rope tiebacks…great tutorial!

  5. I'm loving the side by side progress pictures. With each layer this space gets even better. The perfect spot for a fire and a cocktail on a fall evening.

  6. I found the first advantage of us NOT being neighbors--it won't look weird when I copy your patio setup exactly. Those curtains & tiebacks rule!


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