15 Ways to Repurpose Old Blinds
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 Maybe they’re broken, outdated or you just want a new look.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.
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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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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These old bamboo blinds have a new life as an American flag. Just remove the headrail of the blinds by cutting the string that holds it together and tie it off to prevent unraveling. Then grab your patriotic paint and get started.
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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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Use old mini blind slats to create garden markers. Use them to label bedding plants or rows of seeds. As an alternative, these DIY plant markers are made out of mortar mix and copper wire.
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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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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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