I love drop cloths for craft projects. I have wanted to make some grommet drop cloth curtains for a while, I’m always late to the party. When Iron Orchid Designs offered to send me some of their new décor roller stamps, I knew they would be perfect for diy curtains.
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Using a roller stamp on drop cloth curtains
Although my drop cloths are cheap and plentiful, I decided to do a test “roll” on a scrap piece. I lined a tray with some tin foil and poured in a little Repose by Heirloom Traditions Paint This large stamp is Iron Gate, I wasn’t able to find it on Amazon.
Testing the Roller Stamp Pattern
This is the test run! Easy, pretty, and fun! The sisters said in their video that you can expect to roll about 10’ with each load.
There really wasn’t a plan, but I decided to do Roma along the bottom hem, and Iron Gate above that. I was able to load the roller stamp and easily make it all the way across the 6’ drop cloth. It’s a little wavy, but so is the hem of the drop cloth.
Roller Stamping is so EASY
Remember when I said there wasn’t really a plan? After putting the Roma, and the Iron Gate, I decided to do another Roma border. I LOVE it!
I was a little intimidated to use these roller stamps, but I shouldn’t have been. It really was fun and easy.
I hung the drop cloth curtain panels on my diy picket fence to dry. Honestly, I was just so proud of them, I wanted to show them off.
NOTE: I did not pre-wash my drop cloths. I’ve washed plenty of them before, and I know they get very wrinkled and sort of bumpy. At this point they hadn’t been ironed because I didn’t want to waste my time should I screw it up. I didn’t use a fabric sealer with the paint, so I am not sure how the paint will hold up in the wash.
How to clean roller stamps
A garden hose was used to clean the paint out of the foam and the stamp. It was much easier to clean than I anticipated.
I rolled a dish towel in between the stamp and the roller a couple of times to help get any water out of the foam.
Add Grommets to Drop Cloth Curtain Panels
Now on to the next step!
I ordered three sets of these brown grommets on Amazon.
I really don’t like to sew, and since these curtains will probably be temporary and for staging projects with my portable wall I really took the easy route to attach the grommets to the top of the drop cloth.
After measuring, I knew I would have to remove about 5” off the top. I did a little “snip” and “rip” removing what I needed. I folded over the raw edge (about 4 1/2”) , then folded that over again to make about a 5” .
Easy Curtain Grommet Tutorial
After doing some math (not my strong suit) I decided on 12 grommets for each 6 ft curtain panel. I started on one side, putting the first grommet slightly away from the hem, and 2 1/2” from the top. Because I had three packages of the grommets I was able to use more than one tracing guide. I used my hem guide to help with the spacing. (it is typically stored with my silhouette supplies for gauging vinyl placement)
I cut through 3 layers of the drop cloth, placed the ringed grommet underneath, and the pronged grommet on top. A simple press with my palm and I had my first grommet in place.
a few things you should know:
- The grommets are plastic
- Lining all of your grommets up along your traced lines will speed things up
- Cutting the circle and immediately doing that grommet is the best way to go, one at a time
- If the grommet seems stubborn, and doesn’t want to snap, a slight twist of your palm, will line it up so it easily snaps in place.
Remember, the ringed grommet goes on the “right” side of the curtain panel, and the pronged grommet goes on the “wrong” side of the curtain panel.
You can see a purchased grommet curtain that I brought out to use for placement. It didn’t really help.
Make your own grommet curtains
Here they are hanging with my latest diy headboard bench. I actually did a video showing you how to make this small headboard bench.
Now I can say I’ve made grommet drop cloth curtains with fun stenciled (roller stamps) using paint! aka painted drop cloth curtains.
There are so many ways you can use these roller stamps. My friend Wendi from H2o Bungalow made these awesome DIY Napkins.
How would you use these fabulous roller stamps?