DIY Roman Blinds from Mini Blinds

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Another Pinterest project down! I’M ON A ROLL!!! (Must remember to stay away from Pinterest while nesting with the next pregnancy..)
So I spoke about renovating Tessa’s playroom last month (click here to read), and one of the projects we worked on that I wanted to blog more about was the DIY Roman Blinds we made from Mini Blinds.
I am a huge fan of roman blinds, but they aren’t exactly in my budget, what with the bazilliondy other projects I have heaped on my plate at the moment. But I knew we needed to do SOMETHING to dress up the windows in Tessa’s room, after we went through all the trouble of painting and renovating the area. The mini blinds that were left in the room were an ugly dark brown, and about a trillion years old. I thought of replacing them altogether with cheapo mini blinds, but the large window on the south side of the room is an unusual length – over 8 feet long. None of our local hardware stores had that size, and ordering it online was more money than I was feeling inclined to spend for cheap and boring blinds.
So of course, Pinterest to the rescue! I kept stumbling upon DIY roman blinds from mini blinds tutorials, which seemed perfect, because I could use the existing blinds and just upcycle them into something personalized, pretty and DIY chic. And I am thrilled to say, they work PERFECTLY!

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Since I already had the mini blinds and the fabric glue, the only expense was the fabric itself. We found some pretty pink fabric at the Joanns Fabrics Veterans Day sale (less than $2 a yard!) and we had these roman blinds cranked out in just one evening. Seriously folks, it doesn’t get much easier than this!
I also sewed some curtains and ruffles from a whimsical zoo print we found (also on clearance from Joanns) to dress up the roman blinds we made. Not only do the curtains cater to Tessa’s current zoo craze, but the colors really work well with the princess pink and vibrant white paints we used.. it contained enough complimentary colors to unify the pink anchor walls and white accent wall.

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So how does this DIY project work? Well, I’m glad you asked! Since there’s SO MANY tutorials for this project out there, and one that I found particularly superior to the others, I figure there’s no point in reinventing the wheel, so I’ll just point ya’ll in the right direction..
Basically, I had found many great tutorials using the same method – removing all but the supporting slats and gluing the fabric to the lone blinds. Here are a few great tutorials for this popular method:
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But then I found this tutorial from All Things G&D blog, that deviates slightly from the classic DIY Roman Blinds tutorials on most mom blogs. The big difference? It doesn’t require removing the slats from the blinds, you just glue the fabric directly over the mini blinds as-is. The benefits to this method are that the blinds are far more strong and sturdy (perfect for larger windows) and they block out far more light. The problem is, when the light is shining directly through the window, you can see that your roman blinds are hiding mini blinds. Which isn’t a terrible problem for us, I would much rather have the strong blinds. So this is the method we used:

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So anyhoo, I am extremely pleased with this project, and it worked perfectly for us! Tessa’s room look so personalized and chic! I am thinking we’re going to be revisiting this project when the time comes to renovate our bedroom.

So what do you think? Would you give these DIY Roman Blinds from Mini Blinds a try? Share below!

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Gingi Freeman

Gingi is a photographer, cosplayer, amateur chef, crazy cat lady, anime otaku, bookworm, generic geek, world traveler, conservative Christian, homeschooler, devoted military wife and stay at home new mother of two little girls. Gingi blogs about anything and everything that is relevant to being a supermom, stay at home wife, homeschooler and geek girl! You can contact her at gingifreeman@gmail.com or via the contact form on her website at www.domesticgeekgirl.com

22 thoughts on “DIY Roman Blinds from Mini Blinds

  • 5 January, 2015 at 11:48 pm
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    What a neat idea! I made our roman shades for our odd sized windows through measuring and sewing, though this certainly is a good hack. 🙂

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    • 6 January, 2015 at 12:03 am
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      Yeah, aside from hemming the edges (some tutorials call for just gluing the edges, but I sewed them, lol) this was a pretty quick no sew project! ^_^

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    • 6 January, 2015 at 4:21 am
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      Yeah, I wish I’d thought of it! Hehe..

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  • 6 January, 2015 at 3:18 am
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    Wow, they’re gorgeous. I love the idea. I’m definitely into no-sew projects since even I can be pretty good with glue!

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    • 6 January, 2015 at 4:22 am
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      See, I’m actually better with a sewing machine than a tube of glue, haha. So I get a little nervous when projects require I not glue my fingers together, or fabric to the cat, or whatever, haha..

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  • 6 January, 2015 at 7:07 am
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    I had no idea you’d made them from the existing blinds! Very cool sweetie.

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    • 6 January, 2015 at 1:09 pm
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      Yeah, we’ve been up cycling like crazy around here!

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    • 6 January, 2015 at 2:38 pm
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      LOL! Roman blinds are essentially the answer to blinds when you own a horde of cats. So the answer to “What is a Roman Blind?” is “Cat-Proof Blinds”.. lol! 😉

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  • 6 January, 2015 at 3:12 pm
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    Very creative, Gingi! This isn’t something I would do (I hardly DIY) but I love seeing what other people can come up with. Very cool!

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    • 6 January, 2015 at 3:22 pm
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      Yeah, my DIY Pinterest project usually result in far more “fail” than success (ever see those “nailed it” memes? yeah, that’s pretty much me, haha) but these came out GREAT!

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  • 6 January, 2015 at 3:21 pm
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    You have done an awesome job on it. Looks so cute. Well I would give it a try……but unfortunately I am all thumbs :/
    Happy New Year
    hugs
    Lenya
    FashionDreams&Lifestyle

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    • 6 January, 2015 at 3:23 pm
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      I’m pretty sure my success rate in DIY projects has more to do with my husband helping than anything.. haha.. I totally feel you! 😉

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  • 7 January, 2015 at 1:12 am
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    I am totally impressed! At first I didn’t even know what ‘roman blinds’ are – duh – now I do. That is pretty much ingenious. Not sure if I would go that route, since at this point of my life time is more important, but it looks fun and good.

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    • 7 January, 2015 at 1:20 am
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      Don’t they look cool?!

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  • 9 January, 2015 at 3:49 pm
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    I love the bright colored fabric you chose! Very nice!! I stopped by from my Pinterest link up! 🙂 Nice to come across your blog again Gingi! 🙂

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    • 9 January, 2015 at 4:25 pm
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      Thanks for stopping by my blog! I look forward to following yours! <3

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  • 14 January, 2015 at 3:37 am
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    What a fun project!!! I love this idea and the blinds and curtains both look so pretty!!! I have made roman shades the long way, but might try this way next time!

    Thanks for visiting my blog and for the link to yours! We have much in common in our love for Jesus and craftiness, and clean living/eating! Your blog is full of fun stuff!!!

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    • 14 January, 2015 at 3:16 pm
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      I am super excited to have found your blog and I VERY MUCH look forward to keeping in touch!! It’s rare when you find blogger with SO MUCH in common.. haha.. the problems of blogging about anything and everything!! hehe.. talk to you soon, and I’ll see you around your blog sometime!! <3

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