holes at the top and bottom of the placemats.
Each one of them will have
four holes total, with the exception of your top and bottom placemats,
which will have two holes each. If they’re 18” wide, try punching
holes six inches from either side along the top and bottom edges. This
part is important: punch the holes close to the edges, only about an
eighth of an inch in. (The S-hooks are going to fit into these holes,
and a hole too far towards the center will make the final assembly near
impossible.) Be consistent with your punched holes, because any
variation may make your curtains hang crooked.
ring clips on each curtain rod, and install the curtain rod in your
stores are a great source for curtain rods, particularly for a project
like this, where you need something functional, cheap and inconspicuous.
The good part about mounting them is that they require no know-how
whatsoever, and because the placemats are light, you don’t have to
worry about whether or not they’ll collapse under the weight. Most
curtain rods are spring loaded, or have tension that is adjustable
simply by twisting. The number of ring clips you use is entirely up to
you—I recommend using two for each placemat width.
the placemats together.
I found it helpful to layout all of the placemats on the floor in
the exact way I wanted them to hang from my window. That way I was able
to easily identify the “top” placemats, which go on first (the top
placemats also only have holes punched in the bottom of them). Using the
S-hooks (or binder clips, if you like those better), link all of the
placemats together, daisy chain-style.
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