Last week I wrote about how I made extra wide drapes to cover the sliding glass doors in my house. Today I am going to show you how I made my own curtain rod finials using glass doorknobs for the store bought curtain rods I used to hang the drapes.
When I was searching for extra long curtain rods and rings all I could find in the length, color, and price I wanted were white metal rods from Bed Bath and Beyond that came with…
They are very coastal looking and nicely made, but all I could think of when I saw them was scenes from Gilligan’s Island… especially visions of Gilligan running around the island with the natives chasing after him with spears with ends on them like the finials. :-) I bought the rods anyway because they were the least expensive I could find.
In my previous house, I used glass doorknobs and industrial pipe to make curtain rods and finials, so I knew I could use doorknobs again to make the white rods I bought more to my liking…
…and that is what I did. It was pretty easy to do.
How to Make Curtain Rod Finials Using Glass Doorknobs
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- Curtain rod with screw holes drilled in the ends for finials. Mine are no longer available but you can find similar ones at BedBathandBeyond.com. You can also use any rod with drilled holes in the ends.
- 2 glass door knobs – home improvement store. I found all of mine at a thrift store for a few dollars.
- 2 – M6 x 31 100 Pitch Metric Automotive Studs if your rod has a pre-drilled hole for machine screws- I bought them at Ace Hardware. If your rod does not have a pre-drilled hole, you will need to use a Double Ended Dowel Screw
- Hot glue gun and glue stick
- Optional: Gloss paint to paint metal on doorknob to match rod
- Remove existing finial if your rods have them. Many rods nowadays are sold without finials so you can choose your own. See the hole with the screw base inside? That is what makes adding the door knobs easy. If your rods don’t have these holes, you can drill holes yourself and then use a double-ended dowel screw instead of the automotive stud I used (shown below).
2. Paint metal on doorknob to match rod and let dry. Put a small amount of hot glue into the hole on the back of the doorknob and then place half of the automotive stud into it.
3. As the glue dries, make sure the stud stays centered in the hole.
4. Once glue is dry, screw the door knob into the rod….
… and you have a glass curtain rod finial.
Want to see an even easier way to make a curtain rod finial? Check out how I made them for the guest room in my previous house in this post: How to Make a Curtain Rod Finial Using a Tennis Ball