4 Ways of Tension Rod Fun for Kids & Teens!

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Here are 4 ways to use a tension rod for kids and teens that are inexpensive & easy!  Hours of fun for kids, and your teen will be so excited to add these to their space.

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First let’s start with the kids!


Puppet Theater


Attach a shower curtain (and you can purchase one at the Dollar Tree if you like) to your tension rod.  Another option would be to use a piece of fabric and buy curtain clip rings to attach to the fabric and slid onto the tension rod.  Place the tension rod on the mid to low end of a door way depending on your kid’s height.  You can trim up the shower curtain to make it shorter if you like too.


Fashion Show Run Way


Attach a shower curtain to your tension rod or again use fabric with the curtain clip rings and slide onto the tension rod.  Place the tension rod high up on the door.  Lay down a vinyl red table cloth on the floor as your red carpet runway.  Kids can dress up and take turns coming out in their different outfits.  My son use to love this too as he always came out in his super hero costumes.

***What you will love about the above projects – EASY CLEAN UP!  Fold it up and put it away until the next time πŸ™‚

Now for the Teens


Ribbon Divider

You’ll need a tension rod, shower curtain rings, and ribbon of your choice.  My son and daughter both loved this and they picked out a variety of ribbons they liked.

Cut your ribbon to the length of your door or window – whichever you are using it for.  Tie one end of the ribbon onto the shower curtain ring. You could hot glue a loop if you’d rather.  Slide your ribbon onto your tension rod.

Continue adding ribbons until you have the desired amount. (We used 3 sets of shower curtain rings.)  Adjust your pinch rod in your door or window.
Spread out the ribbons so they fill the space.

Curtain Divider

You’ll need a tension rod and a single panel curtain for this, you could use a piece of fabric and either sew or hot glue a fold in the top, or use fabric and the curtain clip rings.  Another option would be to use a shower curtain with a design they like – or get a white one and give them some fabric markers or sharpies depending on the material and let them draw and be creative!

Slide the curtain, fabric, or shower curtain onto the tension rod, & place up in their door way.  They will enjoy having this personalized doorway divider.  The best part is you can still open and close the door.

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  1. Such fun ideas! I love the puppet stage one. So cute. I actually use the last one to cover a nook at the top of my stairs, except that there is no door. I just hides what’s in the space. πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Linda, I have one holding a curtain up as there is no door between our bedroom and bathroom, and I made mini curtains with them for these small windows in my daughter’s room during the summer to help keep the heat out. The possibilities are endless. πŸ™‚

      1. That’s a great idea too. I have 2 small “cubbies” from when we raised our roof. I’ve been wanting to cover those for a long time. I know this will work there too. Thanks for the idea.

    1. Thanks Victoria, and me too! My daughter has a west facing room and these tiny square windows. We made some curtains to help in the summer time πŸ™‚

  2. Lots of fun ideas; I would have loved a ribbon divider as a tween/teen!

  3. I have never thought of using a tension rod in so many great ways before! Great ideas! Love the puppet theater

    1. Thank you Michele, and the possibilities are so endless … πŸ™‚

  4. Brings back memories of when my daughter had a gymnastics bar across her door – we used it for puppet shows . . . Lots of fun! Thanks for sharing at The Blogger’s Pit Stop! Roseann from This Autoimmunelife

    1. Thanks Roseann and thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

  5. These are brilliant! I love all of them. Thanks for all the inspiration here πŸ™‚ #happynowlinkup

    1. Thank you Jen and I’m glad you like ideas too. Thanks for stopping by and thanks for hosting a wonderful place for all of us to share ideas.

  6. Fun ideas! One house we lived in had a little nook where there was a window and I made it a little reading nook with a bean bag chair and put up a curtain. My kids loved it!

    1. Thanks Richelle, and thank you for sharing your reading nook. I know my kids would love that too πŸ™‚

  7. You have a ton of cute ideas and I’m so happy that you share them with us at Celebrate Your Story.

    1. Thank you Sandra, and I’m so flattered you think so. I think the world of your posts as well!

  8. I love the Puppet theatre! I have never ever thought to do that! I love that idea! What’s best is that it doesn’t take up any room when it gets taken down. I will have to set one up for the kids soon. Visiting from Amaze me Monday party:)

    1. Thank you Kathleen, and I am so happy you like the puppet theater too and want to give it a try. Some of my favorite things for my kids have been the ones that are easy to put up and easy storage. Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

  9. Hey, great minds! I love them! Especially that sheer blue curtain with the stars! Wouldn’t have helped with the light but I still love it! Why didn’t I think of shower rings? they would have so much easier and cheaper! Live and learn. Take care and keep crazy β™₯


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