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How to make a curtain rod https://lynneknowlton.com/how-to-make-a-curtain-rod/

Have you always thought that most curtain rods are meh?  Are your curtain rods worse than bad?  Negative good? 

*Looks around nervously. Chews thumb.*

Does a curtain rod price tag make your face do this? —>  @!!$ ?

Well, cupcake… that’s all about to change.  


Wave bye bye to your fugly curtain rods because we are about to get our creative twig mojo on…

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home decorating ideas with mother nature!
How to make a curtain rod and brackets

Why make your own curtain rods?  Because curtain rod prices are off the chart insane.

They’re like a gajillion dollars or something.   

Somewhere around $50,  I lose consciousness.

S-e-r-i-o-u-s-l-y.  Why are they such a stoopid price?

A curtain rod is just a stick pole with two thingies on the end.

It isn’t rocket science.

I digress.

Designing a twig curtain rod is no laughing matter. Okay. It is. 

{insert big toothy grin}

If I can do it, you can do it too.

Make your own curtain rod https://lynneknowlton.com/how-to-make-a-curtain-rod/

Here’s how to make a curtain rod:

You cut it.  You make two brackets to hold it.  You put it up on your wall and you yell at the kids to not effing touch it.

It's ART, dammit.

It’s going to be the single most awesome-est thing you’ve ever make.  No really.

You can do this.

Do it. do it. do it.  <— that was me hypnotizing you.

If I can make a twig curtain rod in the middle of winter … pfffft, then you, my friend… can pretty much do anything.

Like run a marathon.


I think you should run a marathon.

While you’re at it, run to my house.  Don’t forget to bring me a hot rum toddy.

Thanks, man.

How to find twigs:

*    I channeled everything I learned at Girl Scout camp and started looking for twigs this winter. Yeah. I had to say that again.  W.I.N.T.E.R.  Ohhh Emmmm Toooo The Geeeeeeh

*   The problem is, a farm is not a great place to look for twigs.  I mean, it’s not like we have dead tree branches all over the place.

*   The forest is also too far away to walk to in the cold.   *   Soooooo ….I strolled down the driveway.   Seriously, that’s like a 10 km walk.   I almost died from hypothermia.


You’re welcome.

I’m coming to your house next time.

Twig curtain rod https://lynneknowlton.com/how-to-make-a-curtain-rod/

Let’s be clear about one teeny weeny detail.  If you invite me into your home and show me your fancy schmancy dancy curtain rods …. annnnnnd try to convince me that they are all that and a bag a chips…

I won’t have it.

Never have I ever.  Never will I ever.

I’d rather throw myself into a pit of crocodiles.  I ain’t gonna listen to your curtain rod rigmarole.


When I see ugly an ugly, expensive curtain rod ~  it just throws my twig mojo off.

 I needed a cigarette and a nap and I don't even smoke.

It’s stressful, man.

I’m calling bullshit on expensive curtain rods.  For a hundred bucks, I want LOBSTER.   I also want that lobster to be wearing a diamond studded collar.

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I know what you are thinking …

I officially pronounce you ridiculous.

Dude.  Not for long.  You are about to light up your house with twig awesomeness too.

Let’s price this curtain rod, shall we?


That’s a helluva good deal, wouldn’t ya say?   Free gets exponentially better when that free something also happens to be gorgy gorgeous.

I prefer gorgeousness.

I also prefer when someone comes to my house to do the dishes.

Just sayin’.

How’d you get me talking about dishes? 🙂

Anyway… if there’s one thing I know about me, it’s that I almost always circle back around to whatever it was I was talking about three topics ago.   And I shall do that now.  

How to make a Twig Curtain Rod

Step 1 : 

Gather your tools.  Note: Getting tools organized is like herding cats. Tools are like scissors.  You’ll have piles of them but can never find them when you need them. Never mind.  You won’t need scissors, you lucky thang.

Here’s what you’ll need …

1.   Drill  (to pre-drill holes in twig bracket)

2.   Screws

3.   Garden shears to cut branches

4.   A stiff drink  (yeah, self explanatory)

For some tools, you can just wing it.   Use what you have.  It wouldn’t be the first time that you used a butter knife to get the screw into the wall.  Right?  Right.  I rest my case.

Step 2:  

Gather your twigs.  

One branch for the rod.

Two Y shaped branches for your brackets.

There are so many varieties & styles for you to choose from.  The options are endless when you are in the forest or your neighbours yard. Shhhh.  This neighbours yard thingy is a whole ‘nuther story.  {Snicker}

Step 3 : 

When looking for a bracket, look for a Y shape, with one straight side. The straight side will be parallel with the wall.

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Note:  Try to find rods [AKA branches] that are as straight as possible.  I usually make twig rods for curtains that I leave open most of the time.

Another work around is to use curtain rings :

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Step 4:  

Pre-drill a hole in the twig bracket for your screw.  This will make your life easier when you attach the bracket to the wall.

Trust me.

Nuff said.

Remember the stiff drink part?   Sip.

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Step 5:

Screw the brackets to the wall.

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Step 6: 

Let’s land this plane.

Place twig rod on brackets and boom.


Brace yourself.

Brace your curtain rods.

Brace your itty bitty bits.

Just Brace Everything. 

Because you rock out loud

This may be the most awesome-est thing you’ve ever created.

Let’s high five online !!  


PS.  We can do that pinny pinny thang on Pinterest.

 How’s about insta?  I was feeling instapated on instagram for a while there.  I’m okay now.  Thanks for asking.  I freaking love instagram.  Are you over there too?  Uhhhmm.   Addicted.

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  1. Pat Queen says:

    I love your sense of humor! I am doing it, dammit. This weekend. My ex cut some bamboo for my picture windows (yes, he is still useful) but I couldn’t for the life of me come up with an idea for brackets. I wasted time and money at Lowe’s , then on pinterest saw your wonderful idea!
    Thank you.

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  3. Isabella says:

    I cannot believe how simple yet awesome this idea is! thankyou soo much for posting this.

  4. Emma austin says:

    This is so simple and peaceful, i love reading it thank you so much.

  5. Crystal says:

    This is soo simple! and the easiest thing i thought turned out to be the toughest one. That twig hunt needed some effort.

  6. Susan says:

    You crack me up! Hahaha. Havin a “drink” now while thinking about going out to get branches for brackets. I have some cool beaver sticks for the rod part and was looking for an easy way to hang them. Thx for the post. Drop by for a beverage anytime;)

  7. Gavin says:

    I loved this, you have made me laugh out loud and be happy with your curtain rod diy melarky 😂. Heading into the forest tommorow ! I’m restoring an old Spanish Mission Revival home and keeping it paired down simple.

  8. Tina H says:

    Lol, What can I say?! Actually read everything you wrote I agree with you on all counts. Your earthy yet eclectic stick art parallels your obtuse delivery. Love It! Well done! Question, I have found a 60 inch long stick of driftwood, that is curvy and has loads of character, to hang white linen curtains over a shower. Intending to display this ‘simple rawness’ (i.e.. no visible hardware) am lil stuck on how to attach this loveliness to the wall. Thinking a few rounds of twine hiding some fishing wire but can’t see how technically to lock er’ in at 2 bends in the curve. Thoughts?

  9. This article are awesome i really like reading it.

  10. Ivy says:

    How did you screw the brackets to the wall?

  11. Akshay says:

    Great explanation. I liked your explanation because you have explained with the help of images that tend to understand easily.

  12. John says:


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  14. cassidy says:

    Frugal gold stars (or pyrite, to be thematic) all around!
    This project is on the docket for me but I’m wondering if you treated/sealed/correct word I don’t know-ed the woodsy bits? I’m content to wait until we’ve suffered a few hard freezes if them’s’ll do the trick.

  15. Sam says:

    Thank you for this wonderful ideas ! I think You really have that creative mind or just your talent maybe. I’M Going to try it out.

  16. sheena says:

    I love this rustic idea of yours.

  17. Nancy says:

    You have a way with words! I laughed all the way through this tutorial and learned about twig curtain rods in the process. Thank you! Love you on Instagram, too. ?

  18. Tara West says:

    OMG! I think I Love youuuuu!!!! T.xo

  19. Birgit says:

    On my way to norway – for holidays – but now i am also on a mission = bringing lots of twigs back home . Really nice idea. Thank you and best regards

  20. AwesomelyOZ says:

    I love this idea – it’s so rustic and beautiful. 🙂 I love that blanket but jeez 300 buckaroos 🙁 Seriously, when I get a home you’re coming to decorate it Lol 🙂 Hope you’re doing well lovely Lynne! Take Care lovely -Iva

  21. Jan says:

    I absolutely adore your website…it’s like chatting with your very best friend! Your humor is most refreshing and makes me laugh out loud.
    I too have found bliss through knitting and am a crafty soul ( I attribute to my late grandma).
    Thank you for making my day a whole lot cheerier. You rock!!

    • Hi Jan

      Do you like how I reply 2 months later? I’m fast like that. LOL. I was knitting 🙂

      Do you want to brush my teeth with a brick? teehee.

      Thanks for the blog love. I seriously think my blog readers ARE MY BESTIES 🙂 I love love love the friends that I have made here.

      So that makes us friends now. Stamped it.

      Happy knitting!
      Lynne xx

  22. Susanne says:

    Fantastic idea! Looks great too. I just found your blog and I just love it. Thanks for sharing so many great ideas!

  23. Alisa Daly says:

    I love this DIY soo much, but I live in the damn desert! All cactus, NO twigs. Lol Gonna go cruise my ‘hood tonite for twigs. Truth. XO

    • Hey Alisa,

      Did you find any twigs? I’m jelly jealous that you live in the desert.

      I once saw a DIY (it was years ago though) on how to make a tumbleweed chandelier. It was so beautiful, I immediately wanted to move to the desert. ha!

      Lynne xx

  24. Dana says:

    Love, love, love. This, and all your posts!

  25. Jackie says:

    You are welcome to come to my house and look for branches for your projects. One small problem. I live on the prairie with nary a tree in sight. Sigh. Grass would work, right? Ok, so the Black Hills are close enough that visiting and tree trimming aren’t that big a deal…but you SAID. Oh, and the inside of my house is all tongue in groove wood. Lots and lots and lots of wood in my house. Cool idea- I just need to work a little harder! Thanks!!!

    • Jackie…

      ” I love it …. I live on the prairie with nary a tree in sight ”

      Okay, that just made me want to come and live in your house. LOL.

      I bet this style of curtain rod would look FAB in your house. Fab. Fab.Fab.

      You can do it. You can do it. Get ‘yer hike on.

      Big love and good luck on the twig hunt,
      Lynne xx

  26. I absolutely love this idea! I live in the coastal south and this would look so yummy in a beach house! Thanks for sharing. Love your blog! (Watch for mine, coming soon.)

    • Wait.A.Sec….. shut the front door… you are starting a blog?!!

      Woot woot!! CONGRATS.

      Blogging is the cats meow. If you need some ideas and want to know my insider blogging secrets… check out the tools and resources page at the top of me bloggity.

      Beach house!!!! Oh.La.La. Yes. These twig curtain rods would be d’bomb dot com in a beach house!

      Lynne xx

  27. Auntiepatch says:

    OMG you crack me up! Thanks for the laugh!

  28. Lynne honey. Thanks for calling me Smarty Pants. I really like that name. I may change my facebook to Smarty Pants Dani. But I need to say that all my twig smarty-pants-ness came from you, because I shamelessly stole your twig curtain rod idea. That’s the best thing about the internet – you can steal brilliant ideas from your friends. And your readers can feel free to steal from me any time, because friends of yours are friends of mine. For curtain rod ideas, I suggest they stick with you though, because you are definitely the curtain twig queen. And queen of a few other cool things too 🙂 xo

    • Helllooooooo smarty pants Dani 🙂

      Truth is, I’m going to steal your idea and strip the bark from my next twig curtain rod project. Oh yeah!!!

      I love the look… very cottage and minimalist too.

      Which one will I do next? I already have 17 twig curtain rods in the house. haha.

      *head darts back and forth looking for another window*

      Lynne xx

  29. Janet says:

    I’m so inspired. I need white paint, velvet curtains in blue, and twigs…today…I need this done in my daughters room today!!! Pls come help…. Lynne, I need some help on that shower curtain rod in the bathroom- shower curtain rods- ugg. Love my Coyuchi linen curtain- but never found a rod (shower-heehee) that I liked. Any advice?
    Sincerely, shower rod ashamed in Seattle

    • Hi Janet!!

      I would definitely come and help you.. if you were in Barbados. haha. Have you seen this blog post yet?

      A DIY That Will Make Your Breasts Larger & Your Waistline Smaller *snicker*

      It’s a blog post about … drum roll.. a shower curtain. LOL. The shower curtain rod was made by our local welder. It may inspire you 🙂

      One idea could be to use a typical shower rod but then hide it with a pretty painted twig rod. You could even use the Y shaped twig brackets on the wall to hold it (except screw the entire Y shaped bracket to the wall, rather than just one side of the bracket). I bet I just made that sound more difficult than what it is. LOL.

      • Janet says:

        True that…it does sound over my head! However, I’m rolling the idea around in my brain. I like the use of outdoor elements in the WC. This might be my next Spring project. Thanx for your inspiration!!!

  30. Mary W says:

    Forgot to ask – is that red slide-sih looking thing coming out of your tree house and going down a slide? shoot? fun for kids and actual people? just easy way to get stuff down from tree? or meant for Santa cause it is red and in the snow – can you tell I live in Florida?

  31. Nikki says:

    I’ve had twig curtain rods for 12 years in my farmhouse ‘blue suede” guest bedroom. Used cherry limbs sans bark from trees on our property. They have held up really well. Airy white curtains hang and billow from them when the window is open. One thing I’ve learned: get limbs with few or no knots. It’s tougher to open the curtains (which are on rings) with a knot along the length of the rod…gets stuck!. Trying to come up w/other practical ideas for using pruned limbs/tree parts around the house. Love bringing nature inside. Thanks for your always entertaining and inspired posts!

    • Nikki!

      The airy white billowing curtains sound gorgy gorgeous!

      I agree (and totally forgot to mention it in the blog post)… that it is naughty to have knots. They are super pretty to look at, but they can be a mo-fo to drag a curtain across. Good point! Thanks!!

      Need another idea for tree parts? Check out the toilet paper holder in our outhouse. LOL…

      Annnnnd you might like this one too… Nice bum where you from? blog post.

      If you hear a knock at the door, that is me… coming to sleep in your blue suede guest bedroom 🙂

      Lynne xx

  32. Mary W says:

    Your photography is wonderful – just like being there only warmer. I LOVE – LOVE – LOVE the picture/painting of your outside light looking towards the tree tops. Started my brain whirling around ideas of my own home.

    • Hi Mary!

      Thanks for the painting love. I just made that on my iPad! I found a new app called ART RAGE.

      You can upload a photo into the app and then paint over it with your stylus. It’s heavenly! I’m hoping they have a 12 step program for it. I’m toats addicted.

      Lynne xx

  33. Shelly says:

    Yeah, hi. I’m new. My sister is new. She recently introduced me to your blog and … OK, I’ll just say it: we love you. We call you Bestie Treehouse Lynne (BTL for short, because, you know, we’re savvy like that) and we want to know if you need live-in interns. And by live-in, I mean inhabit your treehouse. And by interns, I mean design the crap out of things while we just sit and laugh 1,000% of the time because it’s all so gloriously silly and fun. We don’t care that beautiful spring is just now starting to arrive here in the US Midwest — we love snow and we love the treehouse and we love Canada (we just don’t know it yet). So there you go.

    Hoping you take this minor form of “stalking” as the great compliment as it’s intended, and keep up the good (no, FABULOUS) work.

    • Ohhhhh Shelly,

      You crack me up…

      WE LOVE CANADA… we just don’t know it yet. hahahaha.

      Well, my new loves… welcome aboard the crazy train. It’s pretty epic around here. Not because of me… because of the peeps that hang out on ze blawg.

      No kiddin’. You d’best !!

      One of these days we will have to rock it out loud in the treehouse. We may need to fight the squirrels for it. But hey, a girl has to do what a girl has to do. xx

      Big love right back atcha!!

      BTL xoxo

    • John L says:

      Well, I have to say up front that I make beautiful things for the interior design industry. And one of the things I also do is install my work, which includes hanging draperies. So naturally I am a bit prejudged. I am intrigued by the one treatment consisting of the pipe. That has great possibilities for development. The use of twigs…….?

      But I do just love your tutorial on the sliding barn door, and your Amish deal. Fantastic!

      • Hey John,

        I luuuuuurve beautiful things in the interior design industry too. Some of my besties are interior designers. LOVE.

        There are applications where I do love a pretty curtain rod (that isn’t a twig LOL) and I do have them too. Sparingly, but I do have them. Sadly, it is really hard to find a gorgeous curtain rod sometimes.

        Thanks for the door track hardware LOVE and yes, we love working with the Amish.

        PS. I think you need to see our treehouse twig rods one of these days. That may just change your mind about twigs. 🙂

        Have a gorgy gorgeous day!

        Lynne xx

    • Hey Craig,

      Thanks for the smooch 🙂 Keeping yourself outta trouble these days?

      Lynne xx