Mini-Blind Makeover??? Did you know you could turn cheap mini blinds into custom-looking shades? Yep… crazy, right! Our master bedroom was full of cheap, ugly mini-blinds and the budget couldn’t afford much. So here are all the juicy details of my mini-blind makeover! This is a great budget-friendly way to get the fabric blinds you love the look of, but with a much lower price tag.
Can you believe I made these with the cheap, ugly mini-blinds that were hanging in our house when we moved in!!! Yep, that’s right. You can use this tutorial on any window that has horizontal blinds, tall windows, small windows, etc. My smaller windows are about 24″ wide and then the larger ones are about 45″ wide. This project will not work on vertical blinds. This is great if you are looking for affordable options on how to update your windows.
These gorgeous roman shades started with a $3 mini-blind!
I came across some tutorials of transforming your mini-blinds and knew that when I got around to our master bedroom makeover that I would be using them.
First, let me give you a list of what I used.
Mini-Blind Turned Custom Shade Supply List
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- Cheap mini-blind
- measuring tape or long ruler
- Black out shade
- this is not necessary, but helps it keep it’s shape and keeps more light out. I used one like this
- Fabric you love ~ Mine is Richloom Platinum Collection Jayda Printed Linen Blend Drapery Fabric in Bramble.
- I recently found it on Etsy here You don’t want to use sheer fabrics.
- Scissors – good fabric scissors
- Fabri-tac glue
- I love Fabri-Tac, just make sure it’s a fabric glue
Steps to Turn Mini Blind into Fabric Shade
1st ~ Measure your window. Add 1-2” to each side. So, if your window is 40×50 then you need your fabric to be at least 42-44”x52-54”. You also need to decide how many folds you want your shade to have. This will determine how many slats you will keep. I spaced mine about 11 1/2 inches apart, which gave me 4 slats and then the bottom piece. (I promise this will make more sense as you read on).
2nd ~ Release your mini-blind so that it’s lowered all the way & take them down and sprawl them on your floor.
3rd ~ Cut away the thin, ladder-like strings.
Don’t cut that thick one!!!
That is the cord that raises and lowers the blinds – you will need that!
4th ~ Use a small screwdriver and pop off the cap on the bottom piece of the blinds. Inside you’ll see the end of that thick, pull-up cord tied in a knot.
I just cut the knot off (You will retie this at the end) and slide off the base piece.
5th ~ Slide off all the slats, except for the ones you need for your folds (4 for me).
6th ~ Onto the fabric! I cut my blackout liner to the exact size of my window. Then I cut out my print fabric 1 1/2” larger on all sizes. I ironed the print fabric and then placed it print side-facedown and the blackout liner on top. Use your Fabri-tac glue to glue the edges of the print fabric onto the blackout liner.
7th ~ Place the remainder of the mini-blind on top of the glued fabric, placing the top at the top of the fabric. Glue the mini-blind top onto the blackout shade making sure you do not glue the pull-up cord of the blinds.
8th ~ Measure out where your slats will be on your fabric and glue the concaved side of the slat (the side with the most surface area) onto the shade. Make sure you DO NOT get any glue on the pull-up cord.
9th ~ Now take the end of the pull-up cord and reinsert it in the hole on the base of the shade. Re-tie a knot at the end of the string and put the plug back in. Glue down the base of the shade at the bottom of the fabric (bottom of the blinds)
10th ~ Hang your GORGEOUS shade!
I LOVE the finished look! This was such a great home makeover project. With a little simplicity and time, you can add some great textures to your space. You basically have created your own DIY Roman Blinds.
You can check out here for a fab tutorial that helped me out!
Update! I had these shades up for about 5 years before we upgraded to new blinds. Most of the windows received direct light in the afternoons and they were still holding up years later. I still think it’s a great project and a great way to save some money and still get something that suites your taste. To care for them, I would just use a dust cloth or a gentle vaccum to clean the dirt and dust.