no-sew shade diy





I've been meaning to share this super easy shade we made earlier this fall. It's so simple to make (if I could pull it off, anyone can). We have an odd sized kitchen window that needed a custom sized shade, and I'd been procrastinating making one myself. Then I stumbled across this DIY for making shades out of mini blinds and so we tried it. It worked. It didn't require sewing and only took 30 minutes. It was awesome.

If you'd like to make one, I'd refer to the full DIY instructions to guide you. In summary, here's what we did: 1. purchased mini blinds ($3.99 Target) & fabric (Ikea), 2. laid out blinds and removed all but three slats, 3. folded over edges of fabric and glued in place with tacky glue, and 4. glued blinds onto fabric and let dry.

All accomplished while watching a Saturday night movie. I'm sure my neighbors are glad they no longer have to watch me sing while doing dishes.

19 comments:

Stephanie said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you! Our kitchen window also requires a custom blind, which we are too cheap to buy. Definitely trying this this weekend!

Lisa said...

cute!

FeeAMore said...

Looking good. But in any case, i'm sure the neighbors wouldn't mind watching you sing while doing the dishes. ;)

and flowers pick themselves said...

i love the way the light comes through. gorgeous!

xo Alison

Quentin said...

As a side note, Alli didn't mention that if you use a vinyl shade, one slat is not very heavy and does not hang down very well. If you glue multiple pieces together, it may hang better.
Q

Cassi said...

It turned out great! I have been skeptical about this project, because I've seen bloggers post their results, and they aren't always that good. I really like yours though! Good job. :)

Brooke said...

You know you're genius, right? Lovely. Simply lovely! xo

Gina said...

So cute and looks so easy! I remember you talking about this blind a while back and am happy you have posted more info. I need a blind for my kitchen...I too think my neighbors are sick of seeing me or they're sick of me watching them ;).

alli/hooray said...

Q - thanks for mentioning that, I forgot :)

Cassi - I know, I was skeptical too..I'd definitely recommend this as just a quick fix until investing time/money in something later (or until moving!).

Mallory said...

these are adorable. love those stripes!

Kimia Kline said...

ah! so wonderful and not at all fussy. i love the beautiful fabric you got from ikea :) that green is so lovely.

Kayla Poole said...

I think, based purely on sneak peeks like this, I could probably move into your house and not change a single thing.

Colleen said...

Awesome, Alli! Is that a burro's tail succulent in the window, too? We have one hanging in our window : )

JWK said...

Brilliant! Thanks for the great idea!!

Rosey said...

this looks so easy! will have to have a try.I have a lot of windows that need new blinds - is it OK to use a glue gun? :)

alli/hooray said...

thanks for all your thoughtful comments!

Colleen, yep it's a burro's tail, aren't they fun?

Rosey, the tutorial I followed warned against using hot glue! I used fabric tacky glue + it worked great :)

Rosey said...

Thanks Alli, i'll go and get some tacky glue instead :)

Kyla said...

I definitely must try this! And of course I love that your cat helped... mine will definitely get involved as well :)

xoxo

iva yaneva said...

Thank you so much for this DIY project! I've wanted to get roman blinds instead of my old shades so much but I always thought it would cost too much. I guess all I have to do now is get some fabric :) xo

p.s. I apologize for flooding you with comments but there's just so much to catch up with! And you really share lovely stuff! :)

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