Curtain hooks are great for some people. But if you want something more unique than a curtain rod and ordinary hooks to hang your casual window treatments, there are many everyday inexpensive household items you can use instead. You may have many of these items around the house already; if not, try searching at flea markets or yard sales to find interesting objects to give your home a special flair.
Make Your Curtain Hardware
These ideas are just a start. As you begin searching around, you may find options not listed here that suit your style even better.
Brass or metal coat hooks can be attached above your window to hold curtain panels. Attach curtain rings or fabric ties to the top of the curtains and place over the hooks. Decorative touches such as bows or silk flowers can also be attached to the hooks for a finishing touch.
Glass or Brass Door Knobs
Scour antique shops or thrift stores for old doorknobs (it doesn't matter if they are mismatched). Attach them above the window, and tie curtains to the knobs with fabric ties. This idea is also great for a coat rack: just attach the knobs to a nice sanded, stained, and sealed wooden base, and hang on the wall near your door.
Bent spoons or spoons bought at a yard sale can make terrific curtain hardware. Use pliers to bend the utensils in the shape of an S-hook, and you've created great hardware for kitchen curtains.
You can use plain cup hooks painted a bright color. Simply attach curtain rings or fabric ties to the curtains and slip over the cup hooks. They look great and they are very inexpensive.
For a western-themed room, try using western hand-tooled belts from a thrift store. Cut them to the same length and loop them through the curtain tabs and over a curtain rod. Or even better, hang the belts from horseshoes attached to the molding above the window.
Old fashioned clothespins can work well with lightweight curtains. Simply attach the top of the curtain to a cord or thin rod across the top of the window. Paint the pins with colorful acrylic paints or leave the wood natural.
You can use picture wire and eye screws to hang tabbed curtains. Thread the wire through the tabs then through the eye screw. You can attach the eye screws to each side of the window frame. Tighten up the wire as you would on the back of a picture frame, by tightening the eye screw. You can also consider using a wired ribbon, which is a bit thicker but more decorative.
If you've come across a collection of single knob drawer pulls, you can put them to good use as curtain hardware. Just attach them above the window and tie curtains to the knobs with fabric ties. This is a great idea for your kitchen. Match the style of your cabinet hardware for a unified look.
Just look around your kitchen or bathroom for dozens of items you can use for hardware. With a little imagination, your windows will be fun and unique.