MMM: DIY Baby Nursery Blackout Curtain

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Our new house is feeling more like home this week, and we’re growing accustomed to all it’s quirky charm, like the fact that no two doors have doorknobs positioned at quite the same height. The ivory ceramic floor tiles have been mopped, an inexpensive “score” of an area rug laid, and most outlets baby-proofed. One of the less ideal features of this little home is that a streetlight shines  into the nursery window. Summer Elizabeth’s baby girl sleep is precious to me, something I’m not willing to sacrifice, but sure can’t afford to remedy with designer blackout shades. A simple solution has made all the difference in the world.

DIY blackout curtain

We purchased a navy blue plastic shower curtain at the local Walmart. Yes, this mega-chain has invaded Costa Rica. We hung the curtain right behind the pretty white and orange damask curtains, and voilá! This simple DIY saved the day night. One navy shower curtain lends a significant darkening effect to the room, and if it were necessary, you could even double it up and hang another navy curtain on those same plastic shower curtain rings to make the room pitch black.

Perks of the DIY Baby Nursery Blackout Curtain:

-Resizable. Trim to fit any window, or purchase more than one if necessary.
-Easy to wipe clean.
-Did I mention these curtains cost pennies and require zero sewing?

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    • Jelli says

      You’re right, I’d love it to look 100% settled by now, but the truth is, I’m really okay with a bit of disorder. It makes our house seem more comfy than a sparkling clean hotel room. Thanks for visiting, Sylvia.

  1. says

    I can’t believe Walmart has invaded Costa Rica. There was nothing like that there when we stayed and I kind of liked that. You know once I got over the culture shock of it.

    • Jelli says

      Actually, they just bought out the local Hipermas and Mas por Menos stores and slowly transitioned them (mostly the Hipermás) into full-fledged Walmarts in the last year. It’s kind of sad.

  2. says

    wow what a great idea! we had so much light in the kids’ room in our last house and finally i ordered a couple yards of black out fabric to make curtains, but then the house sold and we had to move right away! I should have gone with an easier solution :) I always find it takes me at least a few months to feel settled in in a new place, good luck!

    • Jelli says

      Thanks for the encouragement, Jen. So far, I’m in a really similar place to what you mentioned. I’ve purchased a few yards or pretty damask fabric to make curtains for baby’s room, but have only gotten as far as draping them over the curtain rods. If only I had little mice who stitched, like Cinderella did 😉

    • Jelli says

      Thanks! Hope other mamas get good use out of it. We only happened upon the idea when browsing the aisles at the supermarket looking for washcloths. Haha.

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