Turn Mini Blinds Into Roman Shades

Coveting the look of swanky Roman-style shades but stuck with a mini blind budget? Turn some inexpensive mini blinds into stylish Roman shades with this simple tutorial.

The classic styling of a Roman shade doesn't come cheaply, even when buying low-end shades. Over at the design blog Little Green Notebook, they've put together an excellent tutorial on turning cheap mini blinds into custom shades. With a little ingenuity you can turn a set of $US3 plastic mini blinds into a nice window treatment.

Shades can often cost you an arm and a leg (especially custom fabric shades). When my cheap white IKEA shades were safety-recalled, I decided to figure out a way to repurpose the old {ugly} mini blinds that had previously hung in our bedroom windows. The result was better and easier than expected, not to mention even cheaper than the cost of new IKEA shades.

For the project you'll need some mini blinds, fabric to match your room, Fabritac or other fabric glue, tape measure, scissors, and if you want to really jazz it up some trim to finish the bottom edge of your shade. All that stands between you and some new d├ęcor-matched shades at a fraction of the retail price is a trip to store and a little labour. Looking for an even cheaper way to get some privacy? Check out our tutorial on how to increase your privacy with DIY window frosting. If you have your own thrifty window-related hacks, let's hear about them in the comments.

Make Shades Out of Mini Blinds [via Re-Nest]


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