What would you create with these woven wood shades?

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We have these beautiful white woven wood shades that we want to upcycle into a fun DIY project. If these window treatments were in your hands, what would you create with them?
q ideas for woven wood shades, crafts, home decor, repurposing upcycling, reupholster, window treatments
q ideas for woven wood shades, crafts, home decor, repurposing upcycling, reupholster, window treatments
q ideas for woven wood shades, crafts, home decor, repurposing upcycling, reupholster, window treatments
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  • Orchidmg Orchidmg on Nov 25, 2014
    You could attach yarn or string or hemp in diagonal criss cross and use it as a frame for multiple photos for a family room, above a couch or fireplace or in a long hallway. Or if you are a painter, paint a scenery leaving a 2 inch edge free of the shade to be the border/frame. Or decorate it for Halloween to be used on the outside door. Attach your decorations to the shade and fold or roll up the shade to store it for the next year.
  • Sandy Sandy on Nov 26, 2014
    Maybe make place mats by cutting to size and hot glue gun the loose strings to under side. You could also make a table runner to match (depending on the number of blinds and sizes you have.)
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    • Sandy Sandy on Nov 26, 2014
      @Blindsgalore I have a little hack saw with different blades I could use; OR I could put masking tape where I want to cut, draw the line on it, and use a circular saw with a fine blade in the middle of the tape; OR use a Dremmel with the cutting attachment.;OR if I didn't have any of those tools, I could score it with a box cutting tool over and over on the same line until it was cut through enough I could break it and sand the edges (which could take a VERY long time and my hands would be so tired and sore when I finished). If I wanted to do it bad enough, I would find a way.
  • Tudyrunningwater Tudyrunningwater on Nov 26, 2014
    I would cut them, frame them as wainscoting for my hall way. Still thinking ,,,, if it should be cream on cream or go for color.
    • Blindsgalore Blindsgalore on Nov 26, 2014
      @Tudyrunningwater Wow, that's brilliant! If there are only two of the shades, do you think the wainscoting would look better in just one short hallway?
  • Katrina Wylie Katrina Wylie on Nov 26, 2014
    This might be what @Tudyrunningwater is referring to. Use cheap picture frames and frame pieces of the shade inside them and attach to your wall. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/303993043570027431/ Or if you have a short hall, use the whole width to do you wainscotting. Attach molding above the length and viola...custom wainscotting!
    • Blindsgalore Blindsgalore on Nov 26, 2014
      @Katrina Wylie Oh wow, that is smart. If there is only limited material, would you save it for a shorter hallway?
  • Carolynm Carolynm on Nov 26, 2014
    I would cut them into sizes for place mats. Use FROG tape to bind the edges. I was given samples years ago and did this for a Cub Scout project. The Moms really liked them because you can roll them up to store them.
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    • Carolynm Carolynm on Nov 27, 2014
      @Blindsgalore I used a heavy metal yard stick and a fabric cutter (wheel kind). You have to use some pressure to cut them. It wasn't hard at all.
  • Debbie Edwards Debbie Edwards on Nov 26, 2014
    I would attach them to posts in the back yard to create privacy panels...In fact, I have already done so.
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    • Debbie Edwards Debbie Edwards on Nov 27, 2014
      If I were at my Mothers farm I could...that's 3 hours away. I repurposed some corner posts for a board fence, 8 feet tall sunk into ground, then added wood slats 1 1/2" X 1/2" positioned first across the top of the posts (that are 3ft apart), then 2 1/2 feet apart to the bottom of the posts to keep the blinds from being stressed by wind and rain. I then stapled the blinds 3 inches in from the edge every foot down the length on each side. It wouldn't hurt to then add a slat 2 1/2 inches wide, 1/2 inch thick over the edge of the stapled blinds to give it reinforcement and a finished look. I haven't added that yet. These are panels---two of them to block and conceal the view of a compost pile. We will see how they hold up...and yet, one could add deck sealant if they start to weather too much. Sorry no picture. The blinds are a dark walnut color, bamboo woven stick blinds. You send a Picture and I will when I return to my Mothers.
  • Louise Louise on Nov 26, 2014
    For a change I would attach them to existing headboard
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    • Sandy Sandy on Nov 26, 2014
      @Blindsgalore I might glue it in the middle of the headboard with wood showing all around the edges and put molding around the blind so it looks like it is inset.
  • Love the headboard and the privacy panel ideas!
  • Ruth76114 Ruth76114 on Nov 26, 2014
    They would make beautiful inserts for a folding screen placed in front of a window.
  • Z Z on Nov 26, 2014
    Didn't take time to read past the first comment, but thought I'd add how I've cut wood blinds before. Roll them up tightly, mask off the area to be cut and use a miter/chop saw. Smooth cut every time. To cut to length you can cut the threads between the slats.
  • Busymomhelp Busymomhelp on Nov 27, 2014
    These look just perfect for a lamp. You can easily make a foundation for these out of wire fence and place a lamp inside. You can make both hanging or standing lamps out of it. Something like on my last pin here http://www.pinterest.com/busymomhelp/for-the-home/
  • Sue Rindflesch Sue Rindflesch on Nov 29, 2014
    A BONFIRE!
  • Kathy Allen Kathy Allen on Nov 29, 2014
    I used one by turning it sideways, clipping curtain rings across the top, and mounting it with a tension rod over a half-windowed kitchen door. Kind of a beachy look.
  • Lorrie Dougall Lorrie Dougall on Nov 30, 2014
    paint them or stencil them
  • Tudyrunningwater Tudyrunningwater on Dec 01, 2014
    a short wall is what I was thinking, but you could space them as panels and cover a bit bigger space.. :-)
  • Rhonda Humphreys Rhonda Humphreys on Apr 20, 2016
    you could use it on an outside porch so if you have guests over you could close and have some privacy from the neighbors
  • Jemma Dee Jemma Dee on Apr 21, 2016
    Create cylinders to cover plant pots.
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