DIY: Stenciled Shower Curtain using Drop Cloth

I hope you’re having a wonderful week so far.  Now that I’m coming off my amazing moment high and getting back into my DIY groove, I’m excited to show you the new stenciled shower curtain panel that I recently made for the kids bathroom.

You may have seen a sneak peak of the shower curtain a few weeks ago when I shared some Spring updates.  A few of you even commented saying you loved the color choice (I do too).

It’s bright.

It’s bold.

It’s an eye-catcher…

DIY: Stenciled Shower Curtain Using Drop Cloth Material - super simple & inexpensive to create! @Jenna_Burger, SASinteriors.net

…And I made it myself.  It was super easy, inexpensive, and something you can absolutely do too!

The materials I started off with were:

  • 6′ x 9′ Canvas drop cloth (from Lowe’s)
  • Stencil – I used the same design from Cutting Edge Stencils that I used in the foyer
  • Paint – Valspar Pantone Emerald – #PN9055
  • Shower tension rod
  • Ball style shower curtain hooks
  • Foam roller
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors

Before I begin, here’s my beef with the typical store bought shower curtains… 

They’re too short.

Every shower curtain on the market is 72″ x 72″.  I like my shower curtains to sit just slightly above the floor, but then there is SO much space left above the curtain area, so it looks strange and you can see the showerhead.  You know how I feel about window panels being placed as high as they can go, well I feel the same with shower curtains.  When I redid my master bathroom, I ended up using two curtain panels to create a shower curtain.  It was an awesome solution! Since the panels were taller than a typical shower curtain, they heightened the space allowing the room to feel much larger.

That being said, this DIY drop cloth shower curtain is 7′ tall; much higher than the norm and there is only about 12″ from the top of the panel to the ceiling plane versus 24″+.

NOW, let’s begin.  Here’s how I made this dynamic shower curtain…

1. The canvas drop cloth size I found at Lowe’s was the perfect size (6′ x 9′), so there was essentially no trimming needed.  I started off by laying out the large panel on a flat surface – my kitchen /dining area is a large open space and is the ideal spot for big projects. 

I placed the stencil in the upper corner of the drop cloth and secured it with painters tape.

DIY: Stenciled Shower Curtain Using Drop Cloth Material - super simple & inexpensive to create! @Jenna_Burger, SASinteriors.net

2. Using the vibrant Emerald color and a foam roller, I carefully rolled the color over the stencil putting enough pressure on the roller so the paint adhered to the fabric, but not too much so the paint seeped under the stencil.  Believe me, up close it’s not perfect.

DIY: Stenciled Shower Curtain Using Drop Cloth Material - super simple & inexpensive to create! @Jenna_Burger, SASinteriors.net

DIY: Stenciled Shower Curtain Using Drop Cloth Material - super simple & inexpensive to create! @Jenna_Burger, SASinteriors.net

3. Once the first section was done, I waited about 1-2 minutes and then carefully lifted the stencil and positioned it in the right place next to the previously painted area.  The Cutting Edge Stencils designs are awesome because they create each of the stencils so it easily matches up as you move it along your painting surface.

DIY: Stenciled Shower Curtain Using Drop Cloth Material - super simple & inexpensive to create! @Jenna_Burger, SASinteriors.net

4. I worked my way across and down. And then…

DIY: Stenciled Shower Curtain Using Drop Cloth Material - super simple & inexpensive to create! @Jenna_Burger, SASinteriors.net

…realized I made a huge boo-boo!  At first, I didn’t put anything under the drop cloth and when I went to reposition it, I realized the paint seeped through.  UGH!  Thankfully it was still damp and the steamer took the paint right off.

Lesson Learned: Put something under your drop cloth before painting!

DIY: Stenciled Shower Curtain Using Drop Cloth Material - super simple & inexpensive to create! @Jenna_Burger, SASinteriors.netYou live and learn!

5. After the debacle, I was back on track!  Once all the stenciling was done, it was time to make the large panel into a shower curtain.   With the 6 end, I took the top edge and rolled it over about 4″ (alittle more or less is fine), and ironed a crease.  This edge will create the top part of the shower curtain.

DIY: Stenciled Shower Curtain Using Drop Cloth Material - super simple & inexpensive to create! @Jenna_Burger, SASinteriors.net

6. Once the crease was created, I took it over to the sewing machine and sewed the edge.  Take a look at the graphic for the specific spot to sew – this is important!

DIY: Stenciled Shower Curtain Using Drop Cloth Material - super simple & inexpensive to create! @Jenna_Burger, SASinteriors.net

7. Once the edge was sewn,  I layed the large panel out on the floor again.  I took the 12 ball style shower hooks and equally positioned them along the newly created hemmed edge.

DIY: Stenciled Shower Curtain Using Drop Cloth Material - super simple & inexpensive to create! @Jenna_Burger, SASinteriors.net

8. I marked the locations of where the ball style hooks layed.  Again, make sure they are equally spaced.

DIY: Stenciled Shower Curtain Using Drop Cloth Material - super simple & inexpensive to create! @Jenna_Burger, SASinteriors.net

9. Then it was time to create the hole for the ball style hook to fit into. Only trim through the first layer, not through the finished side of the panel.

DIY: Stenciled Shower Curtain Using Drop Cloth Material - super simple & inexpensive to create! @Jenna_Burger, SASinteriors.net

10.  Slip the hook into the hole. If you decide to tackle this project, you could create a true button opening so the fabric doesn’t fray, but I took the easy way out and didn’t, hehe.

DIY: Stenciled Shower Curtain Using Drop Cloth Material - super simple & inexpensive to create! @Jenna_Burger, SASinteriors.net

DIY: Stenciled Shower Curtain Using Drop Cloth Material - super simple & inexpensive to create! @Jenna_Burger, SASinteriors.net

It’s almost finished!

11. Once the hooks were in place, I put the curtain on the shower curtain rod.  This was the part of the project where I decided the exact length of my newly created shower curtain.  If you remember before, I mentioned I purchased a 9′ long piece of canvas drop cloth, so it definitely needed to be trimmed a bit.  Once hung, I put a few pins in to mark the finished length that I wanted.

DIY: Stenciled Shower Curtain Using Drop Cloth Material - super simple & inexpensive to create! @Jenna_Burger, SASinteriors.net

12. Leaving about 4″ extra to create a bottom hem, I trimmed the excess fabric.

DIY: Stenciled Shower Curtain Using Drop Cloth Material - super simple & inexpensive to create! @Jenna_Burger, SASinteriors.net

13. Lastly, I ironed and sewed the bottom hem so the crease was at the exact spot that I marked with the pins.

DIY: Stenciled Shower Curtain Using Drop Cloth Material - super simple & inexpensive to create! @Jenna_Burger, SASinteriors.net

And then it was done!  Trimmed, sewn, and sitting high on the wall.  Perfecto.

DIY: Stenciled Shower Curtain Using Drop Cloth Material - super simple & inexpensive to create! @Jenna_Burger, SASinteriors.net

The kids bathroom is right at the top of the stairs so this is the first sight you see. (another reason why I wanted something taller than the typical too-low shower curtains).

It surely is dynamic, fun, and unexpected!

DIY: Stenciled Shower Curtain Using Drop Cloth Material - super simple & inexpensive to create! @Jenna_Burger, SASinteriors.net

What a breathe of fresh air!  Don’t ya think?!  Canvas drop cloth is a favorite of mine to work with and I’m thrilled with the outcome of the project.

Here are more DIY projects I created using canvas drop cloth:
Placemats with Decorative Top Stitch
Drop Cloth Table Runner
Faux Roman Shade using Drop Cloth
Christmas Stockings
Simple Lined Window Panels with Drop Cloth Lining
Personalized Envelope Pillow

Disclosure: I am part of the Lowe’s Creative Team and was provided with a Lowe’s gift card to purchase items for my project.  I was also compensated for my time to use the products.  No one told me what to create, what to buy, how to use the product, or what to write.  All opinions are 100% mine!

I link my projects to some of these parties: Skip to My Lou, Between Naps on the Porch, Today’s Creative Blog, Stories of A to Z, All Things Heart & Home, House of Hepworths, Finding Fabulous, The Shabby Nest, Serenity Now, Tatertots and Jello, Thrifty Decor Chick, Tip Junkie


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  1. says

    Great job and wonderful inspiration – I love the pattern and colour you used. I made a shower curtain out of some lovely houndstooth fabric but the yardage set me back a few pennies, I may need to take inspiration from you when it’s time for a change up! By the way, I’m stopping by from the link party at Today’s Creative Blog.
    Calli recently posted..Tutorial – DIY Aztec Print Tote Bag

    • Jenna says

      Thanks Calli for stopping by SAS Interiors! So happy to have inspired you and hopefully one day you’ll create your own.
      xo
      Jenna

  2. says

    Oh my gosh Jenna, what a fun project! I was wondering if you had put anything underneath the drop cloth when I was looking at that picture….only because I tried this technique and did the same thing and had the same mistake happen. Luckily it came off your floor! Did you put a plastic liner behind the drop cloth? I was just wondering how it would hold up to getting wet.

  3. says

    I love this idea! I seriously wondering about this very idea this week, after Martha’s mag had all these cool drop cloth ideas. Thanks for the detailed tutorial! Yours is so pretty and I love the stencil-pinning :)
    Kristina recently posted..Nursery Reveal

    • Jenna says

      Did you? Well hopefully you were stenciling on a hard surface like me and the paint came up easily. I couldn’t believe I did that, lol.

  4. Alex says

    Hi!
    I love your shower curtain and the color choice I was just wondering how the curtain washes? I want to try this but usually I was the shower curtain when needed and just want to know how the paint held up?
    THanks!

  5. Cathy says

    I was wondering if your shower curtain liner still fit into the tub after you hung it so high over the tub? And did you use any fabric medium to mix into the paint? Will the curtain be washable without it?

    • Jenna says

      I used a long liner because the shower “curtain” was set so much higher. I did not use fabric medium for the paint, but you could and I have not washed it either.

  6. Nicole says

    That looks great in your bathroom! It is exactly what I had in mind for making curtains for our living room. I’m going with soft blue and ivory for curtains with light yellow accents around the room. We have a smallish home, so I like to keep it light and airy, nothing too heavy or dark.
    You said it is not “perfect” when looking up close, which I can see what you mean in one of your photos. Yet, it still looks fabulous to me. My question is, do you think the imperfections would stand out too much if I used this method for making curtains in a place where they would be seen by everyone who enters our home?
    I am trying to get out of this really cheap, I have to give this living room a make-over as we are going to be here one more year, and I have not yet made it super “home-y” as we didn’t plan on staying here as long as we have!
    I would truly appreciate your feedback!
    Thanks and happy DIYing!

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