Statement Shower Curtain DIY

Sometimes only a shower can fix that situation. Statement Shower Curtain tutorial over on www.ABeautifulMessThis statement has never been more honest than when I'm staring at my bedhead each morning at 7am, and sometimes only a shower will fix that hot mess. Embrace your hot mess with a statement shower curtain—a little humor to get you up and at 'em while your coffee brews. All you need is an off-the-shelf shower curtain with a subtle pattern or solid color, a printer, and a steady hand to add a little fun to your morning routine.

I Woke Up Like This Shower Curtain tutorialSupplies
– cotton shower curtain with subtle pattern or solid color 
– acrylic paint in darker color than your curtain (or metallic)
– freezer paper
– scissors
– iron
– paintbrush
– straight pins
– yardstick
– beach towel
– access to a printer

SuppliesPrint Your PhraseStep One: Choose a large, bold font and print your message on individual pages. I used Function Bold. Place your phrase on your curtain and decide how you want to align things. I centered mine in three rows. 

Trace Your PhraseStep Two: Measure how wide each line of words will be, and then add about 6" to come up with how much freezer paper to cut. Place your freezer paper sticky side down. Then line up your letters underneath so that they are nicely spaced. Once you're happy with how things look, trace around the edges of each letter. 

Center Your PhraseStep Three: Carefully cut out the letters so that you have a negative of each letter. Be sure to save the extra pieces for letters like 'O' and 'P'. Realign each strip of freezer paper and use straight pins to secure them in place.

Paint Your PhraseStep Four: On a dry setting, iron your freezer paper to your fabric according to the manufacturer's directions. I laid a beach towel under my curtain after pinning my paper in place to protect my floors. Once I was done ironing, I removed the beach towel and put foam board underneath before painting in the negative spaces. 

Let it DryStep Five: Once my paint was dry, I removed each freezer paper stencil and ended up with this. 

I woke up like I need a shower. Make your own Statement Shower Curtain with the tutorial on www.abeautifulmessI'm really happy with how it turned out and love the face lift it gave our master bath. If you don't want to mess with tracing and cutting and measuring, you could easily freehand the same phrase or something similar. Just use chalk to help outline your words and give you some idea where to work as you go. Switch this phrase out with your own morning pep talk and enjoy how much nicer 7am feels! –Rachel

Credits//Author and Photography: Rachel Denbow. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

  • Hi Rachel,

    this shower curtain is fantastic! I feel I would immediately sing along, with a hairbrush functioning as a microphone haha! Is it working for you? Do you feel empowered everyday? And do you feel like changing it after a while? I get al kinds of ideas for my own shower curtain, thanks for you post!

  • Awesome idea and amazing DIY! It would look so stunning paired with one of our rugs!

  • OMG I love this. It’s perfect. Would go great with our beach themed bathroom. You guys always have the cutest DIY ideas.

  • Where did you find the ombre shower cutain? I can’t wait to do this project! 🙂

  • Love this bathroom! The plant and that basket!!
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  • Oh I love all your DIYs at the moment! I cannot wait to move into my new house – this will definitely be one of my first DIYs – love the gold lettering! Also, thanks so much for the detailed step-by-step! I am usually too lazy to be exact when crafting but I reckon in the end it is so worth it! This shower curtain seriously looks like it is worth $400 from some designer store!

    Joi from Joiful

  • Love this! Thought the actual colouring of the shower curtain would be / could be part of the DIY too because its amazing! The gradient affect behind the gold is perfect! Well done on the lettering too – I know I would struggle but yours is so crisp!

  • This is an amazing idea!
    We used freezer paper for a burlap banner. The hardest part was cutting the letters out. I first purchased a blade but it wasn’t working out for me so I have a friend with a Cricut machine and we put the freezer paper through it and it was perfect!!

  • This is amazing – mine will say, don’t tell me to hurry up in the shower!! 🙂

    White Lace + Red Roses – A Valentine’s Classic

  • What a fun idea! Where is the shower curtain from? I’ve been searching for something simple in those colors.

  • OH it’s so pretty!! and so easy to do! I’ve even got an hombre cream to coral shower curtain! Thanks for the idea Rachel!

  • divine idea! i think it would make me laugh every time i saw it. a cute gift idea too for a friend who just moved.

  • This may be a silly question but how did you cut out the stencil? Exacto knife?

    Thanks & cheers!

  • Love this idea. So simple and cute. I think I would write “let’s get naked” instead hahaha too cute!

  • I used Martha Stewart’s acrylic paint and it is designed for use on fabric. So far so good!

  • Wonderful idea! It would look so Dainty and Chic in my bathroom!

  • Wonderful idea! It would look so Dainty and Chic in my bathroom!

  • Freezer paper is awesome stuff for projects, there’s so much you can do with it!
    Too cute!

  • Haha this is great, I love that quote for this project. I have had a colorful painting in my bathroom for years that said “it’s going to be a really good day.” I’m all for livening up your bathroom if that’s where the day gets started!

  • Amazing, really want to try this – quick question though, does the steam from shower and general damp air not make the acrylic paint run? Xx

  • And how it resists when you wash the cortain ?
    Love the result but this is my doubt

  • I absolutely love this DIY! Unfortunately my bathroom is so small that when I have an opaque shower curtain, everything just looks way too small, cramped, and crowded. But if I had a bigger bathroom, I would def. make this and use it!

    Rae | love from berlin

  • I love this idea so much! I love bold statement type things and this just adds an incredible finishing touch to an otherwise plain curtain!

  • Love this idea! I’ve been wanting to switch out my boring brown shower curtain (how did I let my husband convince me to have a brown/white shower?!) for a while. Where is this ombre shower curtain from?

  • Love this idea! It makes early mornings a little brighter, we could all use some of that! 🙂

    Love, Laetitia

  • This is gorgeous – and would make such a fun gift! I can’t wait for summer to have a space to be crafty outside 🙂

    Warm Regards,

  • Ah,..this is so pretty…looks so cool.. love the idea…


  • This is such a wonderful idea! It’s such a nice but unexpected personalization. And the phrase is perfect!

    x Kathryn
    Through the Thicket

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