When trying to update the look of their home it's common for homeowners to replace vinyl blinds with more sophisticated window treatments. While you might be tempted to throw those vinyl slats in the trash, you might want to think twice before tossing your old vinyl window blinds.
Here are two creative things that you can do with old blinds.
1. Turn your old blinds into roman shades.
If some of the vinyl slats in your old mini blinds are broken, you can still transform these obsolete items into stylish window treatments. Turning your old blinds into roman shades is a simple process. All you need to do is gather some fabric in the pattern of your choosing, fusible hem tape, fabric glue, and some scissors.
Begin by ironing your fabric to remove any wrinkles. Measure your window, and cut your fabric so that the finished piece is one inch wider and two inches longer than your window opening. Fold both of the long sides of your fabric to create a one-half inch fold, and iron down. Add your fusible hem tape to the inside of the pressed fold, and iron again to permanently fuse the tape.
Repeat with the shorter sides of your fabric, and then use some glue to attach the fabric to the top of your mini blinds. Let the blinds out on the backside of the fabric, and cut the cord that supports each individual vinyl slat. Leave only a few slats, and glue these to the fabric. Hang your new roman shades, and enjoy the repurposed look of your vinyl window blinds.
2. Make some bookmarks for your children.
If you don't want to reuse your blinds to create new window coverings, you can always use the vinyl slats to create some unique bookmarks for your children.
To complete this project you will need to cut some of the slats free from your mini blinds, and trim them to size. Allow your children to express their unique sense of style by applying wallpaper, stickers, or paint to the vinyl slats.
The best paint for vinyl is a water-based 100% acrylic paint, so be sure that you visit your local craft store to purchase some of this paint before beginning your bookmark project.
Finding ways to reuse your old vinyl blinds doesn't have to be difficult. Try transforming broken mini blinds into stylish roman shades, or creating unique bookmarks for your children using vinyl window slats. If you're shopping for new blinds after disposing of your old ones, consider looking into local specialists, such as Sylvans & Phillips Drapes and Blinds, to find the right fit for your home and decor.