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I have to admit, the curtains in my office have been tied back with rubber bands for the last year… rubber bands.  I love the way worn leather looks, and thought that an old belt would make a beautiful and resourceful tieback for my office drapes. Using tools most people have at home, it isn’t hard to transform an old piece of your wardrobe into a simple, but pretty detail for inside your home.

I love the way that a simple gold turnback pin looks, but wanted to use supplies that would be easy to find at home.  A simple flat screw with a dollop of glue and paint works just perfect.

Keep reading for the full instructions!


  • Old Belt (the more it was worn, the less it will bleed onto your curtains)
  • Screws
  • Glue
  • Paint

ONE cut the belt into lengths of about 18″ TWO poke a hold in one end of the leather strip with a nail and hammer to give the wall screw a place to go through.  This will be much easier than trying to screw through the leather. THREE Using a utility knife, carefully cut a 1.5″ line on the opposite end of the hole.

FOUR screw through your pre-made hole into your wall. FIVE fill the screw holes with glue and let it dry completely.  SIX paint over the glue with the color of your choice!

*House of Earnest quick tip* If you don’t own a power drill, you can make it easier to put screws in your walls by first hammering, then removing, a small nail into the spot.  The small hold creates a starting point for your screw and cuts down on manpower needed.

It’s not fussy or fancy, but rather simple and natural.  It mirrors the style in the rest of my home and I love integrating the leather details in subtle ways!


What’s holding your drapes back?



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  • So rustic and chic! I don’t have an old belt like that, but I would totally go out of my way to buy some leather pieces just to do this. You’re so talented, I can’t get over it 😉

    • If you don’t have an old belt you can get one from thrift stores like Goodwill for 50 cents or less which is much cheaper than craft store leather.

  • Love this idea!

  • Okay, you’re a genius.

  • What a simple and chic curtain tie idea! I second what everyone else has said; you’re a genius. Nothing ties back my curtains at all, they just hang in front of the windows… meanwhile, my dogs play hide and go seek in them. I should try this!!


  • That is such a great idea. Leather looks great in contrast with the white wall and curtains.

  • This is so cool! Such a clever idea!

  • Oh, my. You’re so clever.

  • I love this! The worn leather paired with the crisp white curtains is perfection 🙂

  • this blog definitely blows my mind!! awesome inspirations, thank you,

  • like this cool idea of leather belt curtain ties, i have for the first time made a croheted belt for one side of the curtains of my sliding window walls.
    In my new home there are huge sliding walls with windows on both sides. It’s great, but because it’s a adjust appartment as well for wheelies it has a big problem with curtains that hangs just before the safety lights so it’s a big problem and nobody can without lies or belts for the curtains.LOL
    Because my curtains are made of cleaned and crocheted fruitwraps drinks i have made them of the same crocheted yarn.
    i don’t like it, but i need it and perhaps one day i will get the guts to make something like you.LOL
    Thank you for the sharing and the tute. Really awesome and cool!!!!