DIY Brass Curtain Rod

Hang window treatments in style. This DIY curtain rod is created from a few basic supplies and brass sheeting.

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Metallic curtain rods are an easy way to add a little glam to your home. The look is chic, modern, and sophisticated—and with our DIY instructions, surprisingly affordable. All you need is a wooden curtain rod, metallic sheeting, and some basic crafting materials.

We used brass sheeting for our project, but if desired, use a different metal. Copper, gold, and chrome would all work well. The only difference is the cost of materials. 

How to Decorate with Metallics

What You Need

  • Unfinished wooden curtain rod
  • Metal wire
  • Ruler
  • Permanent marker
  • Tin snips
  • Brass sheeting
  • Gloves
  • Hammer
  • Staple gun
  • Closet pole hangers or finials

Step 1: Measure Rod

Use a length of metal wire to measure the circumference of the curtain rod. Simply wrap a strand around the rod and mark where the wire comes full circle, overlapping the wire an inch. Then slide the wire off the rod, uncurl it, and lay it against a ruler. Mark measurement with permanent marker so you can cut the brass sheeting to the perfect size. 

Step 2: Cut Brass

Cut brass sheeting to measured length with tin snips. Then line up the ruler with the long edge of the sheet and fold in 1/2 inch. Remove the ruler, then gently hammer the fold into place. Repeat until you have enough folded brass sheets to cover your rod. 

Safety Tip: Make sure you're wearing gloves for this step. The brass edges are very sharp. 

How to Decorate with Brass

Step 3: Cover Rod

Roll brass sheeting onto the rod. Start at one end of the rod, and tightly roll the raw edge of the brass toward its finished edge. Secure with four staples, then hammer each staple for extra security. Continue adding brass sheets until you've reached the end of the rod.

Editor's Tip: If there's excess brass when you go to apply the last sheet, don't cut it to size. Instead, overlap it with the brass sheet adjacent to it. 

Step 4: Hang Rod

You have two options for hanging your completed rod. The first is to use closet pole hangers to hang the rod from wall to wall. This gives the room a clean, modern look. The second option is to cap off the edges with finials.

How to Hang Curtains

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