14 Ways to Repurpose Old Blinds

Updated: Apr. 19, 2024

There comes a time when your blinds just have to go. Maybe they're broken, outdated or you just want a new look. Before you toss them in the trash, here are 15 ways to repurpose your old blinds.

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Make Labels

Whether you have vinyl, wood or metal blinds, think about how you can use them as labels. Try painting the slats to use as labels on bins and boxes.

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Updated Roller Blinds

This DIYer took an old roller blind and gave it an updated look. It took some simple tools such as a hacksaw, a drill and a box cutter. For complete instructions, including a how-to video, visit The Carpenter’s Daughter

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Bamboo Art

These bamboo shades are now a work of art. Try cutting them to the size you want, then add painters tape to create stripes or a fun pattern, then paint.

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Headboard Cover

Give your headboard an updated look with old linen blinds. Just weave old linen blind slats over a headboard and staple in place.

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This blogger’s two cats destroyed her mini blinds, so she took them down and repurposed them by making a basket for a quick storage solution. She used scissors, double-sided tape, a stapler and ribbon.

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Starburst Mirror

Mirrors can help add light to a dark room, so try turning that old mirror into a work of art. Take those old blind slats, trim the edges and hot-glue them to the back of a mirror. You also paint them to match your room’s decor.

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Roman Shades

If your bamboo blinds need an update, cover them with a fun fabric and transform them into Roman shades. Find complete instruction here.

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Pendant Lamps

There’s an artist takes old wooden blinds and turns them into pendant lamps. He got started reusing blinds and other items for projects when he was young. His repurposed blind pendants come in 12 different styles.

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Play Road Barriers

If you have young children, here’s a fun project. Take some old wooden blinds and transform them into road barriers. Grab some bright orange tape to hold them in place and create barriers and other road signs for fun car and truck playtime.

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Quilt Design Wall

If you’re a quilter, use old blinds to create a design wall. This DIYer cut an old bamboo blind to fit her space and then stapled quilt batting to the top rail. She hung the batting-covered blind on the wall and now uses it when designing quilts, choosing fabrics or for displaying parts of a quilt in progress. Check out these great tips for how to hang a quilt design wall and other unusual items.

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Plant Marker

Use old mini blind slats to create garden markers. Use them to label bedding plants or rows of seeds.

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Create Art

Want to get really creative? Try turning your old blinds into a work of art. This DIYer painted the blind slats, then added a peacock on top.

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Use old blind slats as bookmarks. Just cut to size, then decorate with markers or paint and add a string or ribbon. Perfect for inexpensive gifts!

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Paint Barrier

If you have old mini blind slats, try using them to help you paint. If you don’t have painters tape, you can lay a blind slat flat to act as a quick barrier when painting trim.

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