How to Make (no-sew) Roman Shades from Mini Blinds

The kitchen projects are coming along! I have a big project that I’ll be revealing to you all next week, and I have to say, WOW! The difference it makes in the kitchen is amazing. It took a little longer and was a little more involved than I thought it would be, but it is well worth the effort! Today, I want to share with you another kitchen project that has been on my list for about a year. I was hesitant to tackle the project, but since we started the Monthly Home Project, working on just one room, one month at a time, I decided now is the time to make these no-sew roman shades-from mini blinds.

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Custom Roman Shades can be in $300 price range! Let’s just laugh at that for a second. So as usual, I try to come up with my own DIY solution.This is what I started with, simple mini blinds to cover the windows and give us some privacy. Ugly. Plain. Boring.

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Roman shades aren’t difficult to make, but give yourself some time; and if you have littles, nap time would be best.

To make Roman shades out of mini blinds, you need the following:

  • mini blinds
  • scissors
  • material cut to size
  • fabric Mod Podge glue
  • ruler or tape measure
  • iron

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Steps:

  1. Measure your window and cut material, two inches wider and longer than the length of your window. You want at least 1/2- 1 inch on each side for the hem of your shades.
  2. Remove your blinds from the window. If your blinds haven’t been put up, go ahead and put them up to make sure everything fits. The hardware will have to be in place to test your shades as you move from step to step.

You’ll be cutting your blinds but lets make sure you cut the right strings. Cut the ladder strings on your blinds. DO NOT CUT the pull string that goes down the middle of the blinds.

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3. On your workspace, (aka-the floor) begin to cut the ladder strings. I had three strings down the length of one blind.IMG_0632

 

4. Remove the plugs from the bottom of the blind and untie the pull string.

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At this point, you can also throw away the ladder string.

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5. Remove the excess slats.

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6. Leave one slat ever six inches apart. I ended up with just six slats for my window that was 48inches.

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7. Re-tie/knot the pull string through the bottom plug from earlier (step 4). You want to make sure the blinds are the length of your window from top to bottom.

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8. Now it’s time to cut/trim your material. Mark the back of your material 1-2 inches wider than the blinds.

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9. Iron your material and make a 1/2 -1 inch hem on each side. I simply folded and ironed the material to make the hem. You can see my hems are uneven, but the beauty of this project is it really doesn’t matter since you don’t see them.

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10. Now it’s time to glue the slats into the hem. Use a paint brush or sponge brush to dip into the mod podge and glue along the entire slat. Glue the slat onto the material and the side hem also. I resized and double checked my measurement several times throughout this step.

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11. Wrap the the top of the blind and last slat piece where you tied the pull string.

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12. At this point, you are done with the shade. If I had to do this all over again, I would add another piece of light material to the back of the shade. A muslin cloth would be perfect and now something I want to go back and add.

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I love the results, but as you can see, my blinds are mounted outside the window sill. There’s a small white piece that locks the blinds into place that goes over the material, too. I didn’t like that and I really didn’t like the white hardware showing. I decided to add a  folded cover across the top. Think of a cornice or valance window treatment to make a decorative finishing piece.

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Simply measure the window and be sure to add the depth of the hardware. Cut your material.

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Make your hems on each side like before (fold and iron). Glue the hem and then fold top to bottom and glue again.

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I used the fabric glue on the hardware and wrapped the valance around the top of the blind.

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A little folding, tucking, and wrapping gives me the look I was going for, plus the hardware is now completely covered.

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For the two windows, I bought three yards of material from Hobby Lobby. With my coupon, the material was just under $20.

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I love my new shades! They give complete privacy but also let the light flow throughout the day. On dark, winter days I roll them up and enjoy watching the snow fall.

Making them from mini blinds proved to be an easy and inexpensive project. I spent under $30 for material and mod podge. Best of all, they’re a major improvement and the family loves them, too!

If you have mini blinds in the house, this may be a great decorative alternative.

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