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How to Make Magnetic Curtain Tie Backs

Magnetic curtain tie backs are the perfect solution for keeping curtains open while not damaging the wall like hooks or traditional curtain tie backs.

two different styles of magnetic curtain tie backs
These magnetic curtain tie backs are a great way to add a little of your personality to your curtains without overpowering the room. This simple project is perfect for renters who can't put holes in the wall for hooks, but still want to hold their curtains open to let the sun shine in. I'll show you two versions I've made for our home: one for the guest room and the other for our son's Pokemon themed bedroom!

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I made these Pokemon fabric black-out curtains to darken our son's room in the summer evenings. But during the day, the room feels too dark with the curtains closed.

I didn't want a big curtain hook right next to his bed, in the inevitable event that he bounces on the bed and crashes into them. These magnetic curtain tie backs keep the room bright and sunny during the day, and allow them to easily swing closed at night. And of course, they had to be pokéballs to go with his Pokemon themed bedroom!

Pokemon themed curtains with pokeball magnetic curtain tie back

In our guest room, we had the opposite problem. That room looks directly into the neighbor's house, so most of the time we keep the curtains closed. But during the summer, the upstairs bedrooms get really hot, and we keep the windows open at night to create a cross-breeze. These magnetic curtain tie backs are the perfect solution to both problems!

turquoise and white chevron curtain held open with a magnetic curtain tie back with a faux flower decoration

The basic materials for both sets of magnetic tie backs is the same. Get creative, and give your curtains some personality!

Materials for Magnetic Curtain Tie Backs

Instructions for Making Magnetic Curtain Tie Backs

Start by painting the wooden shapes. I kept it simple and painted them all white.

wooden circle being painted white with small paintbrush

To make the pokéballs, I traced two coins with a black paint pen to create concentric circles (a Canadian $2 coin and a dime worked best. We live two hours from the Canadian border, so we always end up with their coins in our change jar!) I found this way easier than trying to draw circles freehand!

I traced two coins to get perfect concentric circles that will be colored in black to make the center of the pokeball -

The area between the two circles was colored in black. Then I used painters tape to mask off a stripe running through the middle of the circles, and painted the sides black as well.

Mask off a stripe in the middle of the circle and paint both sides black -

Paint one half of the circle red, and you've got yourself a pokéball!

These pokeballs are adorable as is, but they'll be even better when used as curtain tie backs for my son's Pokemon themed bedroom! -

Once the paint is dry, apply the magnets to the backs of the circles with hot glue. Make sure to check the polarity before you attach them so the two circles attract instead of repel! The larger circles are paired with a smaller one for the back so it will be hidden.

two wooden circles, one with a magnet glued to it and another with hot glue being applied

Next, wrap a length of ribbon or cord around your curtain to determine the length. It should be tight enough to keep the magnetic curtain tie backs in place, but not too tight or the curtains won't drape properly.

In our guest room, I used decorative cord that matches the curtain. For my son's room, I just used 1" wide white ribbon.

chevon pattern curtain with length of cord being measured for magnetic curtain tie back

Using the hot glue gun, attach one end of the ribbon or cord to each side of the magnetic curtain tie backs.

length of cord being glued to two circles with magnets

If you're using flat ribbon, double check to make sure it's not twisted before attaching the second circle.

magnetic curtain tie back with white ribbon and pokeball

If you've left your circles plain up until now, this is the fun part! Add decorative elements to the larger circle. This faux flower just happened to match the cord perfectly!

faux flower being glued to a wooden circle

That's it! Your curtain tie backs are ready to let in sunlight (and wake up a sleepyhead!)

two magnetic curtain tie backs with pokeballs painted on white wooden circles

Just wrap the ribbon around the curtain and click the two halves together.

Pokemon themed curtains with pokeball magnetic curtain tie back

turquoise and white chevron curtain held open with a magnetic curtain tie back with a faux flower decoration

When you want to close the curtains, just leave the magnetic curtain tie backs on the windowsill. They'll be hidden behind the curtain and ready for you in the morning!

Don't want to make your own? I've found a few options for you on Amazon! 🙂

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two different styles of magnetic curtain tie backs



Friday 20th of April 2018

These are adorable & what a great DIY for the home. I will be featuring this in my 16 Stylish DIY Home Decor Ideas at Merry Monday on Sunday at 6 pm pst. Hope to see you at the party!


Wednesday 11th of April 2018

love this idea, perfect! thanks so much for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

Jann Olson

Wednesday 11th of April 2018

What a cute and creative idea! Thanks for sharing it with SYC. hugs, Jann


Saturday 7th of April 2018

This is an amazing idea. Pinned! Thank you for sharing at the To Grandma's House We Go DIY, Crafts, Recipes and More Wednesday LInk party! Hope to see you again next week.


Saturday 7th of April 2018

This is such a simple but fantastic idea. I love it, especially with summer eventually coming with the long days where you want to let all that light in.

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