How To Make DIY Roman Shades From Your Old Blinds

Do you have ugly blinds that you just can't stand? Well, suffer in silent agony no more. Grab your scissors, rise up, and tear into your blinds with righteous fury. 

Ok, so maybe dial it back on the fury slightly, but the point stands nonetheless that you can easily fix those ugly blinds and turn them into gorgeous Roman shades (which already sounds so much classier) in just a few simple steps.

We've all seen pull-cord blinds because they're usually the standard option on any home when you buy it. Unfortunately, they're kind of terrible. The cords are always getting tangled, the slats break if you breathe on them wrong, and they're frankly just generally hideous.

Sadly, most people don't replace them because it's simply too expensive. The standard blinds do the job well enough to make the expense of replacing them seem unjustified to most folks. 

Thankfully, it turns out that if you don't mind getting your hands a little dirty, you can give your blinds a gorgeous upgrade without breaking the bank!

All you need for this awesome DIY project are the actual blinds from your window, mod podge, some upholstery fabric of your choice, scissors, clothespins, and an iron.


First, lay the blinds flat on the floor and cut the ladder strings (the strings that keep the blinds connected together).

Now, seperate out some slats just enough to cover the full length of the window with about seven inches between each slat.

Next, take the unused slats and snap off the ends so you can slide them off the strings without having to cut more of the strings.

Take the slats left on the string and spread them out on the fabric of your choice.

Then, fold all four edges of the fabric around the corners the slats and glue them down with mod podge.


Secure the folds with clothespins so that the fabric stays in place as the glue dries.

Once everything is dry, hang your new roman shades in the same way as you took them down. Voila!

Check out the video below for more information.

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H/T: NX2 | Better Homes and Gardens

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