How to Operate Window Blinds Covered With Shrink Film

Open and close mini blinds with winter window film

Applying winter window film over mini blinds prevents you from opening and closing them. We show you a neat trick that let’s you operate them even when they’re covered with window film.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine

Remove the wand and apply the film

Cut holes in the shrink film so you can access the wand and lift cords. Start by removing the rotating wand from the blinds before you apply the shrink film. To unhook the wand, lift the retaining ring (if any) and lift the wand off the hook. Apply the window film, shrink it in place, apply tape and cut holes.

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Install the wand and pull out the lift cords

Once you cut the holes you can reinstall the wand and access the lift cords.

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Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Utility knife