Tutorial for DIY Stripe Curtains Using Freezer Paper!

I wanted to do try my hand at Painted Striped Curtains! I needed to do 6 panels in total so Measuring out every single curtain seemed like it would take FOREVER! After talking to Mallory about she came up with a great idea… use FREEZER PAPER!
To start this project here is what you will need:
  • I got THESE 98 inch curtains from Ikea  (I love them because they are heavy weight and cheap!)
  •  Latex Paint ( I used about a 1/4 of a gallon for 4 panels)
  • Textile Medium  (I used a 8oz bottle for 4 panels, you can get it at any craft store by the acrylic paint.)
  • Paint roller (don’t use the foam roller, because it does not have great coverage)
  • Freezer Paper
  • Tape Measure
  • Iron
  • Scissors

1. You are going to want to first cut the freezer paper. Lay out your curtain and lay your freezer paper over the curtain to get the length right. Make sure you go a little longer then the curtain so when you iron on  the freezer paper on the whole stripe of the curtain is covered!
After you cut 3 sheets of freezer paper, you will want to fold a sheet in half then cut where your fold is.
Now you should have six 9-inch strips.
2. Now its time to Iron! I set my iron to the cotton setting.
(These measurements are for a 98 inch curtain)
Start at the top of the curtain,
 Lay out the first strip and then iron on.
Measure 9 inches then start the next strip. 
Repeat the process until you get to the bottom of the curtain.
3. After all the freezer paper strips are ironed on you are ready for paint!  
Note: The paint will soak through the curtain so put paper down before you paint.
4. I added a little bit of textile medium to soften up the latex paint.
The painted stripes were a little stiff but it feels more like outdoor fabric. It was a lot softer then I thought it would be.
5. Start to paint!
 At first I was using a brush for the edges and then the roller for inside of the stripes, but that took a while. Then, I used a roller for the whole stripe and it cut the time in half.  I ended up being able to paint a stripe in about 4 minutes. Make sure you do a good coat of paint. (I had to repaint my first curtain because there were white patches where the paint did not cover well.)   
Peel up the freezer paper before the paint dries!
I am beyond happy with the outcome!
These black and white curtains are for my sister Scarlett!  I will be showing you my curtains soon!
I choose a fun color for my stripes to match my new pillows!
What do you think about using freezer paper?! 
Have you used freezer paper for any projects/crafts?

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  1. Brilliant! I’ve done tons of freezer paper stencils (cutting the shapes out on my electronic cutter) but never thought of using a whole length of it like that. I have plain white curtains hanging in my family room right now, just waiting for inspiriation 🙂

  2. You mean the freezer paper irons on to the fabric and doesn’t bleed? It sticks firmly? Wow. Who would have thought of that? Well Mallory would I guess.
    Great tip.

  3. This is awesome! I am moving into a new home soon and will try this! Love your blog! Its one I have to read first! Have a great day!

  4. I LOVE IT!!!!
    I tried this a couple months ago, but got too frustrated after taking over an hour to draw lines, and then when it started bleeding through i gave up.

    Now with these tips i know i can do it.
    Thanks Girly!!!

  5. Love my new curtains! And that bc u did them I was able to re do my whole room. And Cory has commented every day how much he lives our room! Happy husband= more projects to be done!

  6. freezer paper is great for other painting projects,silhouettes.small painting on pillow and clothing projects, quilt and any other applique projects.

    you did a neat fantastic job on your drapes..

  7. Um, wow! They look gorgeous and thanks for the tutorial – I’ve linked this to my freezer paper post too today, for inspiration!

  8. That is pretty darn awesome! I’m seeing textile medium used more and more. I’m definitely going to have to try it!

  9. oh my goodness, I absolutely love this! but, I have a question: I cannot cut (or draw) a straight line to save my life, so how did you cut your line so straight? I know you folded it and then cut on the fold, but I always get little jagged spots in my cuts when I do that. Any tips or tricks to share?? I really would love to try this! Thanks so much for sharing!

  10. I just did a pair of my own panels this way! AQUA and white striped just like I have been dreaming about. This was a great tutorial and I appreciate you posting it. Few lessons – i ran my roller all the way down one side of the stripe; a few inches on paper and the rest on fabric (side to side). Did this on both sides then went from top down (paper to fabric) and bottom up (again paper to fabric) to meet in the middle of the stripe. Moving two directions on the fabric helped make sure that the nap of the fabric soaked the paint in. You can easily see areas where the “grain” of the fabric show and they need to be painted over again.

  11. I’ve been wanting to do striped curtains for a while but just haven’t attempted it! I LOVE your tutorial!!! Thanks for sharing! They turned out awesome!!!

  12. Just discovered this tutorial. I’m wondering if freezer paper would work on burlap. (rubbing chin)

  13. Ok, have you washed them yet? Im wondering how they look after washing them? I’m wanting to do this, I need 16 panels!! Oh boy oh boy!

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