Up-Cycled Window Blinds

4 Materials
$3
1 Hour
Easy

Six months out of the year, we have the windows open in our home. We have blinds on most of the windows which are fine but I wanted to make them look prettier so here's what I did...

up cycled blinds

As you can see, pretty boring.

up cycled blinds

I wanted the bottom of the window blind to look like lace. I found this cotton twine at Walmart for $2.50!

Step 1: 

I cut each piece in two yard or 72" lengths. For one window, I cut 41 pieces.

up cycled blinds

Step 2: I closed the blinds then

A - I folded the string in half making a loop

B - Place the loop over the top of the blind and bring it around the blind

C - Pull the loop at the bottom, thread the two ends through the loop

D - Pull tight

up cycled blinds

My blind was 30" in width. There are three strings on blinds, making four sections (yellow lines).

In the first section, I tied 6 strings (red)

Second section - 14 strings (red)

Third section - 14 strings (red)

Fourth section - 7 strings (red)

Total = 41 strings

up cycled blinds

Step 3: Once all of the strings were attached

KNOT 1:

A - I pulled the loop away from the blind

B - then took the ends over top of the loop

C - and down through the loop

D - I pulled down on the ends and tightened the knot

up cycled blinds

Step 4: KNOT 2 - a simple macrame knot. These are step by step to make this knot.

A - Using four strings

B - Make a "D" with the right most string (yellow) and bring across all strings

C - Make a "P" with the left most string (purple) and bring it under the two center strings (green & red) and through the right most string (yellow)

D - Make a "D" with the right most string (purple) and bring across all strings

E - Make a "P" with the left most string (yellow) and bring it under the two center strings (green & red) and through the right most string (purple)

F - Pull all strings tight.

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Step 5: KNOT 3 - a square knot:

A - Two strings on each side

B - Cross the two string on the right (red/yellow) over the top of the left strings (purple/green)

C - Bring the left (red/yellow) through the loop

D -Bring the right (red/yellow) across the left (purple/green)

E - Bring the right (red/yellow) through the loop

F - Tighten the knot

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Step 6: KNOT 4 is a regular knot.

Following knot 4, I tied knot 3 (a square knot) and then finished with knot 4.

I left various lengths of twine between each knot.


You could also go onto YouTube to find tutorials on knot tying if you want a different look.

up cycled blinds

Step 7: I pulled up the blinds and cut the ends of the twine evenly, cutting along the window sill.

up cycled blinds

And here is the finished project. I really like the extra pizzazz it gives to the end of the blinds. And at $2.50, you really can't go wrong.

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