Want to make your window blinds? Perhaps you’ve watched the morning sun spilling through your window, and thought, “Could I craft my own blinds?” If so, then this guide is for you! Making window blinds is a worthwhile activity that results in creation with a purpose. Keep reading to find out how to make window blinds from everyday materials.
Why Make Your Own Window Blinds?
Making window blinds from scratch lends a personalized touch. It lets you add a layer of privacy that matches your unique style. Plus, it slashes the cost of blinds, which can sting your wallet, especially for custom sizes. Creating your own window blinds is truly a cost-effective project. You’ll also likely find some necessary tools and items at home.
Ready for this DIY escapade? Here are three easy-to-do methods:
1. Use Upcycled Blinds
Breathe new life into your old blinds by giving them a quick makeover. Sometimes, your existing set just needs some repairs and a creative touch to refresh them. This method requires a total of four items, including the blinds.
Here’s a list of what you need to have:
- Old blinds
When choosing old blinds or buying secondhand, consider ones with a headrail that’s still intact. This way, you focus your efforts on the slats.
Despite the minimal tools, making your own window blinds using old blinds can be challenging.
Follow these steps to ensure you finish this project successfully:
- Begin by removing your old blinds from the window. Be gentle to avoid any breakages.
- Clean each slat of the blinds with a damp cloth to ensure they’re dust-free.
- Use your preferred paint color to give the blinds a fresh coat, employing a small brush to navigate tight corners and tricky areas.
- Let the blinds dry thoroughly before applying a second coat for a richer color.
- Cut and glue any decorative elements, like ribbon or buttons, if desired.
- For an extra touch, cut the cords connecting each slat. Then, glue the slats onto a piece of fabric as large as your window. You’ll need a ruler to measure the parts evenly before securing them.
Tips and tricks
When selecting paint, opt for one that adheres well to the material of your blinds. Acrylic works well on most surfaces. Wait until the paint is fully dry before hanging, as the slats can stick together if not completely dry. For added character, consider using stencil designs.
2. Use Spare Fabric
Got some leftover fabric? Turn it into charming window blinds. Even half a yard is enough to make a whole new set.
Unlike the previous method, this one needs a few more materials/tools:
- Fabric of your desired size
- Measuring tape
- Iron and iron-on hem tape
- Thin wooden dowels
- Blind cord
You can find wooden dowels and blind cords in most hardware stores if you don’t have them on hand.
Making your own window blinds using fabric takes extra patience and precision. Follow these succeeding steps to guide you:
Start by measuring your window’s height and width to determine the fabric size.
- Cut your fabric accordingly, adding an extra inch on all sides for hems.
- Fold over the extra inch on each side, iron the fold flat, and then secure it with the iron-on hem tape.
- Place wooden dowels evenly across the fabric’s width. Either sew them into place or secure them with a strong adhesive.
- Thread your blind cord through the dowels, creating a pulley system that allows you to raise and lower the blinds.
- If you know how to measure windows for curtains, you’ve already got one step down.
Tips and tricks
Iron your fabric before measuring it to ensure accuracy. Choose a fabric that complements your room’s decor, but avoid heavy material as it can put undue strain on the cord. A balance between aesthetics and functionality is key here.
3. Make Your Own Window Blinds – Use Reclaimed Wood
Embrace the rustic charm of reclaimed wood for your window blinds. It’s a fantastic way to reduce household waste while you unleash your creativity.
Materials and tools needed:
- Reclaimed wood
- Blind cord
Don’t know where to get reclaimed wood? Most lumber dealers and certain online merchants sell them. Otherwise, you can find some at architectural salvage yards or even demolition sites.
- Cut your reclaimed wood into slats of uniform size, fitting the width of your window.
- Sand each slat until it’s smooth to the touch, paying particular attention to the edges.
- Drill holes at each end of the slats, through which you’ll thread the blind cord.
- Thread your blind cord through the drilled holes, ensuring each slat is evenly spaced.
- If you need help sawing the wood evenly, don’t hesitate to get assistance from a friend, family member, or experienced carpenter.
Tips and tricks
When working with wood, always remember safety first. Use goggles to protect your eyes from sawdust when cutting and sanding. Choose lightweight wood to prevent overloading the cord. And always sand thoroughly to avoid splinters.
Now that you better understand making window blinds, it’s your moment to kickstart this creative venture. Test out each method and find the one that suits your personal style and needs. As you embark on this DIY journey, don’t forget that it’s about having fun and expressing your creativity. So, get your tools ready and let your imagination run wild. Enjoy the process, and happy upcycling!