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Hey there, welcome to Decorate and More with Tip! Here on my blog I share how you can decorate your home on a budget. I am still trying to share things you can use with items around your home. I am sharing another DIY using blind slats I can’t wait to share this one with you!

To view my first DIY using blind slats you can go here ⇒ DIY WITH BLIND SLATS

I am joining a group of bloggers to share some crafts while we are staying at home. The craft blog hop is hosted by Chloe over at Celebrate and Decorate. Chloe has shared some cute crafts on her social media during our isolation. She always has such great inspiration. I am sure you will want to start following her on all her social media and blog. She’s amazing! If you are coming over from Sara, Birdz of a Feather, thank you for joining me here. I just love the cute turtle Sara shared. I am going to make one for our little peanut. 🙂

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For this craft I am using two PVC wood grain blinds. I have watched a couple tutorials on steps to make a tobacco basket all were made with grapevine material. I think I can do the same technique with my blinds by cutting them down. I looked at the two baskets I purchased and came up with my own tutorial for you today using the blinds. 🙂

Grab two blinds, that’s all you need. If you don’t have any laying around,check your blinds hanging on your windows….do you have two extra blind slats you can remove off your blinds that are just sitting on the seal? Remove them. Here is a tutorial showing you how to remove slats from your blinds. HOW TO REMOVE BLIND SLATS.

Cut the blind slat in half, lengthwise. I am using regular scissors to cut my blinds…DO NOT USE YOUR GOOD SCISSORS. It takes a little bit to cut the blind, but it will be worth it, I promise!

Cut your half in half (does this make sense)? 🙂 You should get 4 thin strips from one blind.

Cut 15- 11″ strips from your long pieces of blinds.

Taking 7 of the 11″ strips laying them in a row about 1 inch apart. Weave another 11″ strip horizontally in the middle of the 7 strips. Hot glue the horizontal strip to the vertical ones.

Second horizontal strip will not be so easy to place. Bend up the vertical strips that will go over the horizontal strip. Be careful bending, if you bend to hard you can break the strip in half. Push the strip in place about 1 1/2″ from the first strip. Once in place hot glue to the vertical strips. Bend the strips back in place.

Do the same steps for the next strips and then go back to the center and place two more above the center strip. You will have 7 vertical strips and 6 horizontal strips now weaved together.

After weaving the 6 strips cut the outer edge strips evenly.

Curling all the ends up by careful bending.

Taking the second blind, cut the blind in half and only using one of the halves cut that in half. You will only use 2 strips leaving them long this time. Using one long piece to trim around the outer edge. Bending the long strip to fit around the basket form gluing the long strip around the outer edge of the basket. I used clips to keep the trim in place until the glue dries.

Adding two 11″ strips placing them in a criss-cross pattern in the center of the basket, gluing it into place.

Adding another long blind strip to the inner trim. Your basket will have two trim pieces to cover all the strip’s ends. You will do the same step as the outer trim piece.

So far here is what my basket looks like.

I broke a couple of my strips when I was bending them. 🙁 I was a little upset when I broke them was thinking I should replace the broken ones but instead I just hot glued into place. It gives my basket some character, don’t you think?

Taking my Waverly Truffle and Hazelnut chalk paint, I gave my basket two coats of the Truffle and then dry brushed Hazelnut for highlights.

To complete the look. I took some twine wrapping it around the entire edge of my basket. Tied it onto the trim and wrapped it all around the outer edge tying it off. This also helps to keep the basket trim tightly together.

Looks pretty good.

Here is what my faux tobacco basket looks like against the two purchased ones I have.

The twine stuck out to me so I dry brushed some truffle chalk paint onto the twine. I placed it up on my wall with the other baskets.

It took some time and effort to make the basket, but didn’t I tell you it was worth it? I just love how it looks.

I hope you enjoy my inspiration while I weaved my basket. Do you like my faux tobacco basket? If you do…..



Suggested materials:
  • Blind slats   (on hand)
  • Paint   (Walmart)
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  • Lori Hill Harrison Lori Hill Harrison on Dec 27, 2022

    my only question is how did you get so awesome? Lol. W.O.W. ❤️ super impressive! Upcycling at it’s finest. Excellent job my friend!

  • Debi Debi on Jan 02, 2023

    What are the dimensions of your basket?

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  • Trudy Trudy on Dec 27, 2022

    That basket looks better than the ones you bought. Great tutorial!

  • Kat S. Kat S. on Dec 27, 2022

    Not only are you talented & creative but you are also patient & pragmatic! The basket is so clever and I love that you allowed the “character” to remain. The dry brush paint job transformed it. Great idea using blinds!