Brilliant Recycle Solutions for Creating Privacy Curtains

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It is my happy opportunity to introduce you to Jet Hammes, an amazing woman living in the Haarlem section of Amsterdam, Netherlands and the creator of this beautiful "curtain" and many others I am sharing below - every one of them created from recycled materials.

With a masters degree in art from the Art Academy and an insatiable need to create, Jet is constantly busy with projects, and you can see more of where her creativity leads her here on Cut Out and Keep.

Despite numerous health issues and confinement to a wheel chair, she has managed to make curtains for the massive windows in her new apartment in a living assisted complex in downtown Haarlem. The apartment is filled with light - huge windows in every room - some floor to ceiling and 8 feet wide. People walking by and living in apartments across the street have a clear view into her dwelling; so, faced with limited funds and blessed with a creative mind, she set about to find ways to create curtains using recycled bottle caps, juice wrappers, old bills, letters, tickets, calendar sheets, and goat cheese cups!

She admits that after having had to drink the same kind of juice and eat the same goat cheese for months and months she is questioning her sanity at beginning this project; but at the same time making and creating makes her happy and helps her forget her problems and challenges and the adjustments that accompany moving from a beloved home to a new, unfamiliar place.

So now - drum roll please - Jet's amazing solutions to her need for privacy in her living space!

Curtains made using recycled materials.

When I first saw Jet's snowflake window coverings, I was blown away! These are all hand cut from paper and hung like a curtain - not stuck on the windows!

I love this silhouette shot from the inside and it gives you a good idea of her skill with scissors and paper!

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Beautiful way to camouflage storage behind glass doors! Apparently Jet has a way of treating the paper so that it is no longer like paper and is moisture resistant. Once she finally gets settled into her new home, she is thinking of sharing the technique.

And BTW - she made all those very cool birds you see lined up across the top of the cabinet!

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"Remembering Curtains". Made from all the old bills, calendar sheets, dairy sheets, tickets, phone book pages and old letters that accompanied her on her move from her home of many, many years in Ultrecht.

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A closer view - as Jet says, you can read addresses and notes and names. And it is a comfort to her to have them remain a part of her life in this way.

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Curtain made from goat cheese cups!

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I can see why she says she is getting weary of eating it!

Windo coverings made using recycled products

Juice box wrappers! A whole curtain of juice box wrappers! She is covering the very large windows with these curtains as they provide complete privacy and block a good deal of the light.

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I apologize - I did not ask her exactly how these are stitched together and right now as I write this, she is sound asleep! But perhaps she will share in comments.

Curtains made using recycled materials.

And last but not least - Jet covered the little window in her entry door with this curtain made of bottle caps. She loves the warm glow of the light entering her apartment as it passes through the orange caps.

Like I said! Jet is amazing! And I am certain that all of my readers who are into recycling and re-use appreciate the amount of time and skill and commitment that went into creating these unique solutions for creating privacy.

Thank you Jet, for sharing your story and your pictures.


This is great! I hope that

This is great! I hope that she shares her technique for making paper moisture-resistant. The snowflakes are amazing.

Amazing.........would love to

Amazing.........would love to hear more on the waterproofing technique. I'll be watching. Thank you for this Pam.

wow amazing curtains, thanks

wow amazing curtains, thanks so much for sharing them Pam! As it happens many of the ground floor apartments in historic homes in The Netherlands have huge windows to let in the precious light, and while some don't mind if folks passing by have a clear view into their homes, others fill the windows with all kinds of creative options, including of course small jungles of plants. Walking down the street can be in some cases like visiting a art gallery, with the variety of things people place in their windows. Of course the number one favorite thing to place in these window is blooming orchids which don't provide much privacy but are very beautiful!

Thank you so much, Sara, for

Thank you so much, Sara, for sharing your insights and experience while visiting the Netherlands - especially this perspective re the windows on the ground floor!!

I hope my readers will take a few minutes to pop over to visit you and see your wonderful images from Amsterdam, Haarlem and Delft.   


oooh I'm sorry.suddenly i saw

oooh I'm sorry.suddenly i saw in the text of Pam the question how i made the fruitwrapping curtain. I have punched (after well cleaned and dried) in both sides of the wrappings holes. then i have used thea sort of blanked stiches by crocheting the pieces in long strokes together and i joined a sort of dc granny stich at last.
,So i became long strokes in the end. In the end i have croheting those parts together.
When i'm back and out of computer problems i will make a good working tute for you all.
The orange caps. I have made tiny holes in the outside at four points, and some with just two holes. (I used for the holes a sort of pin that children use on school by crafting)
I made a kind of brads of long flowr ironwire and hama beads. You can use other beads, this was what i used, because i had enough of them and i loved the combination of plastic.XD
then folding the ironwire (10cm long) in two and threath a bead on it and go from the inside of the cap through the hole to the outside , threath an other bead and go to the next cap hole ending with the last hama bead and folding the ends together, and twisting them them two or three times to make a good closering.
It sounds difficultly then it is.
I will make a working tute of that project as well.
I have made during the process all kind of photo's so you all i think can following it.

wooow after a week of of line

wooow after a week of of line by my provider.
I had to change of modem, so i had to wait for getting the thing installed, i had suddenly 400 mails.LOL
I was so pleased to find this one.!!!!!!
Thank you so much for your great article of me Pam!!!! You did a great job.
and thanks to all the others that send me there lovely comments.
It made me day!!!!!!;-D

Beautiful and brilliant!

Beautiful and brilliant!

wow! that is amazing Pam!

wow! that is amazing Pam! thanks so much for sending the link over! how inspirational!

Love it, love it, love it ...

Love it, love it, love it ... the memories curtains are beautifull and I just remember that have lots and lots of old magazines just waiting to be used.
thank you, Pam, to show us this and to Jet to share with everyone.

Wow these are all absolutely

Wow these are all absolutely gorgeous, lovely, and brilliant!
The snowflake ones are my favorite. :) I'd be very interested to know how the paper is treated- as well as how long it took to cut them all. What a work of art!

This is astounding! I hope

This is astounding! I hope she posts how she connects the elements to make them into curtains. The results are amazing!

That bottlecap curtain is

That bottlecap curtain is fantastic! I love all of them. Cut Out & Keep has been a favorite read of mine for a while, was glad to read this feature!

*_____* She is a genious! I'm

She is a genious!
I'm in love with the remembering curtains!

All the curtains are great,

All the curtains are great, and the snowflake ones are brilliant. Jet is one very creative person!