Classroom Curtains Hack

Hey there teacher!   Today’s classroom tip is simple:  How to create classroom curtains on the cheap.

Some might say that “curtains” are not necessary and I would agree 100%.  They aren’t necessary at all and probably won’t impact student learning a whole lot.

So why bother?

Some might say that "curtains" are not necessary and I would agree 100%.  They aren't necessary at all and probably won't impact student learning a whole lot.So why bother?

More Than Just Classroom Decor

Have you ever looked at homes for sale online?  Or even in person?

I’m guessing a great majority of us do that {says the House Hunters junkie}.

When you are viewing those pictures or video, which houses seem to really stand out:  the ones that are stark with white walls and modern furniture or those that have a lived in feeling?

I know some LOVE the modern and minimalistic decor vibes.

But try to set up that type of look in a classroom with 20-30 kids and see how long that beautiful, clean line look remains.  Haha.

If a student walks into a stark plain room, chances are they don’t feel like it’s their home away from home.  And they (and you) spend a lot of hours in that space, so it should feel like a safe space to learn, make mistakes, and relax.

One way to add to your classroom decor is to make “curtains” for the window.

Some might say that "curtains" are not necessary and I would agree 100%.  They aren't necessary at all and probably won't impact student learning a whole lot.So why bother?

How to Make Classroom Window Curtains

Making these curtains could not be easier!

Step 1:  Grab a tension rod that is the right length for your window.

Step 2:  Find a roll of wrapping paper that will match your existing classroom decor.  Pro tip:  Use something you already have or check in at the dollar store.

Step 3:  Tape the end of the wrapping paper over the tension rod and cut to whatever length you prefer.

Optional:  Add a matching bulletin board border to the bottom of your curtain.

Step 4:  Hang in your window!

Some might say that "curtains" are not necessary and I would agree 100%.  They aren't necessary at all and probably won't impact student learning a whole lot.So why bother?

Something to make sure to note:  Make sure it is ok to hang paper in your windows.  Some district fire marshals are way more strict than others.

Also, I would not suggest completely covering a window unless the view is unsightly or a busy playground that is in use all the time.  Having some natural light coming through the windows is also very important.

I personally prefer to make curtain valances rather than whole window drapes.

Some might say that "curtains" are not necessary and I would agree 100%.  They aren't necessary at all and probably won't impact student learning a whole lot.So why bother?

More Classroom Window Curtain Examples

I love the look of this one because the border really adds a lot to the plain light blue wrapping paper.

Some might say that "curtains" are not necessary and I would agree 100%.  They aren't necessary at all and probably won't impact student learning a whole lot.So why bother?

Want some borders that match a whole classroom done-for-you theme?

Check out the Organized Educator Packs ready to print and display right away in a ton of different themes!

Click to see what sets are available now.

You can use a scalloped or straight border.  The scalloped is cute to add interest to the piece.

Some might say that "curtains" are not necessary and I would agree 100%.  They aren't necessary at all and probably won't impact student learning a whole lot.So why bother?

Or you can go borderless if you have a patterned wrapping paper that stands alone.

Another fun tip:  tape a piece of string in the middle Botton on the back that hangs down and attach a small plastic white ring to the bottom of the string to make a faux curtain pull.

Or tape a paper fan to the window hanging by fishing line to add more of a party atmosphere to your classroom space.

Some might say that "curtains" are not necessary and I would agree 100%.  They aren't necessary at all and probably won't impact student learning a whole lot.So why bother?

You could even use this same idea to cover a metal door window.  Simply grab some magnetic curtain hooks and hang the ends of your rod on top.

What other ideas do you have for making your classroom more cozy and inviting for your students?

Leave us a comment below!

~Charity

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