Rope Curtain Tie Backs ……

I really want chickens. I’ve been studying up….and planning. Tell me what you know about chickens……everything. Tell me everything you know……

OK..that has nothing to do with today’s post. I just needed to share. Thanks for reading my random thoughts and ramblings.

We have been wanting to put curtains on our front porch f.o.r.e.v.e.r. We’ve had them marked in catalogs and ‘on the list’. You know, The List. The one with all the wants and needs…the one that when you mark 2 things off, you add 4 more. Yeah. That one.

Outdoor curtains for our porch was going to cost around $300. {That’s why they’ve been on the list for a while…..too many other things that needed to come first!} BUT, a few weeks ago I went to an outlet sale. We live in the town that houses the factory for Hatteras Hammocks and Pawley’s Island Hammocks….and twice a year they have a great factory outlet sale.

I spotted them. My outdoor curtains. The exact ones I had marked in the catalog. For $10! SCORE! Needless to say, they came home with me. You can see how we installed our outdoor porch curtains HERE.

Rope Curtain Tie Backs

I knew I wanted rope tie backs to hold them back when we weren’t using them. I had used rope tie backs on these curtains…and love them. I found them at some of my favorite places…..the cheapest being $89 each. ugh. I really wasn’t in the mood to make tie backs….but, alas, I did. And I’m glad. And they look just like the $89 Restoration Hardware ones. I spent around $8 and it took me all of 15 minutes. Here’s how to do it……..

Rope Curtain Tie Backs

You will need:

18″-24″ of large hemp rope for each tie back or whatever length you desire for each tie back

small hemp rope – usually sold in a package

thick twine

hot glue and glue gun


Rope Curtain Tie Backs

Rope Curtain Tie Backs

Here’s how ya do it:

When the store cuts your large hemp rope they will wrap the ends in masking tape to keep it from fraying….leave that in place.

1.  Cut a piece of twine about 8″…or desired length for your hanging loop

2. Glue the ends on each side of your large rope

Rope Curtain Tie Backs

3.  Begin at the bottom of the twine and hot glue the small hemp rope.

Rope Curtain Tie Backs

4. Put several lines of hot glue on the masking tape

5. Begin wrapping the small hemp rope around the larger one…covering up the end that you hot glued to get started. Keep wrapping until you reach the top of the rope, and secure with hot glue.

Rope Curtain Tie Backs

6. Repeat 1-6 for the end of each tie back.


I love rope. I love porch curtains. I love chickens. I love porches. I love having rope on my porch curtains on my porch. I love readers that read my crazy ramblings.



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  1. says

    We have had chickens for years now. They are fun to watch, the eggs are great and they eat lots of bugs. We especially enjoy the silkies, but the other breeds are quite fun, as well. In the past, we have let them free-range. If you have lots of flower beds (which we do) they can make quite a mess. Some groups have been worse about this than others. They like to dig holes in the soft dirt to dust themselves. If you have mulch on your beds, they like to scratch it all out to get to the juicy bugs. I find this a little frustrating since we have lots of acres and think they could do their scratching elsewhere. But it is the soft, loose dirt that they are after. Probably the best method is to keep them in a small coop with a small fenced in ‘run’ where they can do their scratching and bug hunting. This needs to be portable so it can easily be moved from spot to spot. If you have an area where the grass doesn’t grow well anyway, that is probably best. Or you could do like my friend does and provide them with a flat tub filled with dirt that they can dust themselves in. They will provide you with lots of natural fertilizer, entertainment and lovely eggs for your effort. Sometimes, we have one that likes to follow us around and becomes quite a pet. They like to be right there when you are digging in your garden to grab any tasty bugs you might turn up. Right now, we have about 60 fowl of one kind or another. Friends have turned their flocks over to us when they could no longer care for them.

    We gave our granddaughter chickens and a little coop last year for her birthday and she said they were the best present she ever received! Her chickens winter at our place so her Dad doesn’t have to deal with them being in the garage when the weather gets cold. Next month, she plans to borrow our incubator and hatch some baby chicks. We have done this a couple of times and it is so much fun to see them hatch and watch them grow.

    • Daune says

      Thanks for the great info, Cathy! =) What if the coop needs to stay put? Does it absolutely HAVE to be able to be moved around?

    • Daune says

      So sorry…while my site is being redesigned the pics load really slowly. ugh. Hopefully soon that will be fixed!

  2. Debbie says

    Great idea! So simple to make for the awesome look without paying the high price! Thank you for sharing, I love your blog! Debbie from the Northwest

  3. Jerri says

    It’s not rambling, it’s enthusiasm! I felt like I was on your front porch having coffee with you! Thanks for sharing this gift of show and tell.
    Chickens on the other hand is something I only know from being a neighbor to them and receiving their eggs weekly and their visits occasionally …free range and all!

    • Handsome says

      That reminds me of a story! Once upon a time, many years ago BC (before children), Daune and Handsome wanted to grow their family… So they invested in a couple of fish. Maybe 3 or 4 days later, Handsome came home and did not see the fish. Upon asking Daune if they died or something, she replied “no… but they don’t do anything but swim and eat… so I gave them to (the little boy next door).”

      • Daune says

        I think chickens would be different…besides, there’s no little boy next door now. ;) I have high expectations…what can I say?

  4. Jean Kellett says

    Duane, you are heretofore dubbed La Pollo Loco Blanca. I know nothing about chickens except they are messy and dogs like to torment them. But…..Williams Sonoma recently added a chicken line to their catalog. I believe it’s a gentlemen in Oregon that builds their coops. Just to give Handsome an idea of the coop projects he will be building,
    @Handsome, great story on the fish! Duane, you’re a laugh riot at times.

    • Daune says

      I love those coops from Williams-Sonoma…so does Handsome! He’s already devising a fun one to build…alongside his new workshop that he hopes to start in the coming months. {I think he believes that if he builds me a really cute chicken coop….I’ll not decorate the workshop. ;)}

  5. says

    Love these tie backs! They were one of our favorite projects from last week’s Monday Funday link party and we will be featuring them tomorrow! Thanks so much for joining us!

    Take care,


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