Make Your Own Curtain Rod Finials for Under $3 {DIY Curtain Rod Solution}

It’s been awhile since I first posted about Making Your Own Bay Window Curtain Rod and I wanted to share what I finally came up with for the finial. Curtain rods specifically designed for bay windows can be on the expensive side, especially if you have a custom sized window to dress – however with a simple piece of $1.89 electrical conduit from the hardware store you can make a rod yourself for a fraction of the price. {tutorial found here} This project is not only great for bay windows, but an even easier option to use for regular windows of all sizes.

After looking at a few manufactured finials to finish the rods, I had trouble finding a set that would fit on the end of the conduit {and a small enough diameter to fit in the space above the rod – as the window is inset}. I just needed a simple ball finial to match the other rods in the room so with a few supplies from the local craft and hardware store I was able to create a matching set for just a few dollars.

The round wooden balls were picked up in the unfinished wood section of the craft store. I used a 1 1/2 inch diameter to fit in the space, though any size can be used to fit the finished look you are going for. There are also other wooden shapes available, besides the balls, if you were looking for a more intricate style. I also picked up a pack of jumbo sized corks and 2 inch dowel screws from the hardware store.

The dowel screws are typically used to attach two pieces of wood together and feature a lag thread wood screw on each end for easy insertion. A pilot hole was simply drilled into the wooden ball and then the dowel screw was screwed in until it was secure. For a finished look, I gave the ball a good coat of Krylon Satin Nickel to match the rod.

The other end of the dowel screw was inserted into the cork, then the cork was trimmed down to fit into the end of the conduit.

Using the cork allows for easy removal of the finials without destroying them if I ever need to remove the curtains.

It’s nothing fancy or extravagant, but a simple solution for a finished looked –
costing just under $3.00 for the set.

Hope your week is off to a good start ~ Enjoy.


  1. That’s an awesome idea and they look great. You’d never know!

  2. Great idea, thank you!

  3. Such a smart idea! Thanks for sharing this!

  4. These look great! I was just reading about some other inexpensive DIY finials made from clay, but these look easier and more polished. Hoping to add curtains to our master bedroom soon and this might be just the fit. Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. I love this idea, and it is right in time for me! Your finials look great, thank you for sharing!

  6. Your finials turned out great!!

  7. Great idea, love the finished look! Perfect for the window and the room!

  8. They look great! Thanks for the tip. 🙂

  9. That was a brilliant solution! Ironically on my other tab right now, I have a blog post open where a gal made her own “cast iron” finials from clay which was then painted black! Here’s the post:
    So much genius out there!

  10. So timely, I was just shopping for curtains today for the master bedroom and not too thrilled with the prospect of making a large investment for a house that we’ll be leaving soon. Great idea – thanks!!

    (Love your blog, it’s one of my favorites!)

  11. What a great idea! I have curtain rods now that need finials… easy peasy fix.

  12. I recently found your blog and love it! I’m now your newest follower 🙂

  13. Nothing short of brilliant.

  14. We just did the same thing yesterday! Ours look JUST like yours. 🙂 I found a pack of 7 balls at Michael’s for $3 and some change. I painted them nickel, the same as our DIY rods. We used dowel rod to attach the balls…I didn’t think of cork. Yours look great!

  15. I love this tutorial. I have been looking for a DIY curtain rod option for our over-sized windows. Can’t wait to give it a try!

  16. Great post,I really like your article

  17. You are a genius! We are selling our home and I didn’t want to sink $200 into curtains and rods for our bay window. Your rod and finial tutorials were the perfect solution!

  18. I can’t believe the price of finials ….common to see them for $35 a pair! I’m making my own, thanks 🙂


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