Easy, Budget-Friendly DIY Curtain Lights Backdrop

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The most exciting time of the year is quickly approaching! 

While the holidays are sure to look a little different this year, there are still lots of ways to bring holiday cheer into your home through unique, festive decorations – like a DIY curtain lights backdrop. 

In this blog, we’ll show you how to create a simple, budget-friendly curtain lights backdrop to use as holiday decor for your home, event or intimate gathering. 

How to Create a DIY Curtain Lights Backdrop

Here’s what you’ll need to create a curtain lights backdrop:

Note: The length of the string lights needed will depend on the length and width of your curtains as well as your desired lighting. 

Step 1: Choose the Perfect Window

Before you begin, you’ll want to find the perfect spot for your DIY project. We recommend finding a window that lets in a good amount of natural light.

If you’re looking to use your curtains as a backdrop for photos, consider hanging them in a clutter-free place. Excessive decorations or messiness can become a distraction in photos. 

Consider choosing a window with easy access to a wall plug if your lights require one.

Step 2: Hang Your Curtain Rod

Before you hang your perfectly lit curtain backdrop, you’ll need to install curtain rod brackets and a curtain rod. 

This step seems daunting, but it doesn’t have to be — hang your curtains in seconds with Kwik Hang’s no-damage, easy-to-install curtain rod brackets! Just place the bracket, tap it in with a hammer and hang your curtains.

It won’t damage your walls, which is ideal for renters, frequent movers or anyone who wants to avoid wall damage. They’re safe and sturdy, and you’ll be able to hang your curtains right the first time. 

Once you’ve installed your brackets, you’ll need a curtain rod to support your lights and curtains. Place the curtain rod of your choice into the brackets, and you’re ready to start hanging your lights!

Step 3: Hang Lights

String your lights over the curtain rod and use small pieces of clear shipping tape to hold the lights in place. Start the end of the string of lights on the floor, ensuring access to a wall plug if needed. 

Drape the lights over the rod and bring them back to the floor, repeating the process until you reach the end of the string of lights. Space the lights out evenly along the rod.

Remember that you can always vary the height and draping of your lights depending on what you want.

Step 4: Hang the Tulle

Now it’s time to hang your tulle. Cut the tulle to your desired length and drape it over the curtain rod. Repeat this process until you reach your desired look. The more tulle you use, the more blurred the lights will be. We recommend using at least four layers of tulle.

Bunch up your tulle at the top of the curtain rod to give the tulle an effortlessly draped look.

If you’re worried about the tulle staying secure, tie zip ties around the tulle and curtain rod or place clear packaging tape at the ends of the tulle against the curtain rod.

Step 5: Make It Your Own

Now it’s time to make this DIY project your own!

There are many ways to add creative flair to a curtain lights backdrop. Here are a few ideas that will set your project apart from the rest:

  • Use red and green lights or red berries and mistletoe for the holidays.
  • Use purple, orange and green lights for Halloween.
  • Use pink or blue lights for a gender reveal party.
  • Hot glue fake flowers to the curtains for brunch or a wedding celebration.
  • Buy twinkling lights for added creative flair.
  • Hang vines from your curtains for a boho flair.
  • Add a thin, sheer piece of colored fabric over your DIY curtain backdrop and tie it back with holdbacks to add a touch of color.
  • If you’re having a themed party, embellish the curtains with small balloons.
  • Drape a garland of flowers and greenery over the top of your curtains.

Don’t be afraid to get creative with your project and decorate it to fit your needs.

Need Some Extra Help?

Ready to get started on your DIY curtain lights backdrop project?

Try Kwik Hang’s no damage, easy to install curtain rod brackets and curtain rods today!

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