We are excited to share our DIY curtain rod & clay finials with you today:
I decided a ball was the easiest shape to create and played around with another few shapes.
1. I eventually decided on a simple design: circle, square and a ring-ish shape in between to join them. All sizes were completely random and I matched them by set as best I could, eyeballing and comparing along the way.
2. While the clay is wet, press your square shape into the end of the curtain rod. Important: Use a slight rocking motion to create an indentation*; the clay will shrink once dry and you won’t want the finial to fit too snugly onto the rod. Scoop out the middle of the clay using a utility or butter knife.
3. Use a shish-kabob stick to hold the clay pieces together when drying.
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4. Once completely dry, glue pieces together. I used Loctite Epoxy… this stuff STINKS like a perm and is uber sticky but, it worked wonders.
5. Turn upside down to dry. Note: It says 20 minutes dry time but for clay-on-clay I discovered it was best to wait another full 6-12 hours. Also, a light coat goes a long way 😉
6. All done drying, stuck together nice ‘n snug, and ready for a makeover!
*I made my finials so they fit snugly onto the curtain rod by simply “screwing” it on. However, you can add a dab of hot glue to the inner edge of the finial to the rod for extra durability. I may do this since I have a busy little one that likes to play with the curtains 😉