DIY shower curtain: draw a squid on it!

July 26 | Guest post by Lara

Ever since watching 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea at an impressionable young age, I've been part-fascinated, part-terrified by the thought of giant squids (Squid? Squids? Plurals, ha I laugh at the idea of using the correct plurals). To be honest they creep me out a little bit, but, oh Offbeat Homies, are they fun to draw.

The joy of this particular DIY is that it is very cheap to do and because of that, I didn't feel any pressure to get it perfect or worry too much if it doesn't last that long. Come with me on an adventure in drawing on your stuff! It's ok, you are a grown up now, you are allowed.

Here are some things you will need:

  • A shower curtain (doesn't have to be special, I used a cheap one I bought at a bargain shop, but it is best if it is not so thick and opaque that you cannot trace through it)
  • Water-resistant permanent marker pens. There are loads of different ones and I didn't investigate which were best, so you might want to do some research. I used Posca pens. They come in quite a few different colours and pen nib sizes. I used black, round tip, fine lined ones. It took two pens to do this squid, but they were getting very low on ink towards the end! I love them. You can also use these to draw straight onto walls! Here's a mural I did with them… oooh mountainy!
  • Enough scrap paper to map out your drawing and some chunky felt tips (you can skip this if you are feeling confident in your drawing skills and want to just go for it!)
  • Masking tape
  • Blu-tack
  • and a flat, reasonably smooth surface to lean on (in my case, a wall in my flat)

First of all, make sure the shower curtain is clean and dry. I gave mine a good old scrub with cleaner first just to get rid of any soapy scum, dust etc.

You can skip this step if you want to just draw away, but if you are feeling a little overwhelmed by the size of the curtain, I found this really helpful! Measure it and make a template the same size out of old paper. I had a lot of paper in the recycling so just used that and taped it together.

Using a fairly chunky felt tip, sketch out your design on the paper template. As you can probably see from the photo, I took three stabs to get the design how I wanted. I started with a light colour and each time I chose a darker felt tip and refined the lines to make it neater until it was more or less how I wanted it. This is probably not very efficient but it takes away the pressure to get it right first time!

Next, tape or blu-tack your template onto a flat surface and tape the shower curtain over the top, so that your design is where you want it to sit on your curtain. You should be able to see the pen lines through the fabric. Make sure you are about to draw on the side of the curtain that will face away from the water when hanging in the shower.

Now, start tracing that bad boy! I found it easiest to do the outlines first and then come back to do details like suckers and the cross hatching afterwards. Be careful, it is easy to smudge the ink when it is wet (but it dries pretty fast).

Let it dry and then hang it up and enjoy! Woohoo — your very own squidy curtain!

A word of caution: I'm not sure how long this squid will last. I've had mine up in the shower room for about three months now and it doesn't smudge or shed bits of crud all over the place, but it is scratching away a tiny bit in places. You may be able to get other pens that last longer, but I am pretty happy with the results. It's cheap, quick and if it goes wrong or you accidentally rip the curtain or get hair dye on it, it's not the end of the world!

Enjoy drawing on your stuff and when it starts to look sad or get grubby, get those pens out and start thinking of what other fun things you could doodle…

Because I love the Offbeat Homies I've made a PDF of this design for your tracing pleasure! Email me if you would like it. For those that prefer diagrams, here's a cartoon how-to as well!

  1. I am moving into a rented house for the first time in 26 years (I have lived in dorms and apts mostly since I started university at 17 or other people's homes) and my hubby swears he loves my weird decorating style as we are both gamers and goths with a wide variety of tastes so he is letting me have a blast decorating and helping where he can. Our landlord says do what we want but please don't paints which is ok actually since there are so many other ways to decorate walls. I am an artist and crafter and each room has a theme, the front room is Bohemian and th

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    • I am on my phone and it ate half my post.
      Basically I am doing a day of the dead bathroom with lots of sugar skulls and the shower over curtain is a heavy white sheet with sugar skullys drawn on it with blue elmers school glue then splatter dyed in shades of reds and oranges then washed to remove the resist.
      After seeing this I think once it is washed I will get some black fabric markers and do more skullys over the dye and overlapping some of the white ones.
      Thanks for the inspiration.

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      • Also, we NEED to see this once it's finished.

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  2. I'm imagining how awesome it would be to draw Cthulu on my shower curtain so that when guests go to the loo they will possibly pee themselves before they can get situated on the toilet. Or at least it would be cool until I realized there was pee on the floor.

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  3. Brilliant! I'm glad I'm not the only person that thought of adapting it so you're facing cthulhu with your morning coffee!

    I think I might do a simpler one with my toddler, for fun. She would LOVE this activity but can't draw squid yet. I clearly need to work on her squid related education.

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  4. I totally wish I could draw well enough to do this!

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    • Hey Kitty, if you fancy doing this DIY but you're not sure about the drawing bit, you can have a PDF of the squid to trace! Just drop me an email and I'll send it to you!

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  5. Sweet! I just found my 2 yearolds art project for this morning!

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  6. Oh my god, I need to make one. With a bowler hat.

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  7. Just bought a house that I need to ripen with decor. Can't wait to try this. Great idea! Almost a year from when you did this, how has it held up?

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