DIY Roman Shades

Get custom window treatments on a budget by turning mini blinds into pretty Roman shades.

Turn mini-blinds into beautiful roman shades all on your own. You'll need white faux wood blinds, thick upholstery fabric, pencil, scissors, decoupage, bowl for decoupage, foam brush, clothes pins, tape measure. Iron. First, figure out how long your blinds need to be. Using a large work area, lay out the blind facing down and pull them out to the length of the window. Snip away only the ladder strings on both sides. This is the string that connects the slacks. Whatever you do don't remove the single, thicker cord. This is what moves the Roman shade up and down. [MUSIC] The slats will need to be seven inches apart. Divide the length of your window in inches by seven. To determine how many slats you'll need. [MUSIC] Snap off the slats you don't need. [MUSIC] Lay out the fabric beneath the blind and space out the remaining slats evenly, about seven inches apart, which will provide nice folds in the final shade. [MUSIC] The fabric should extend beyond the slats about two inches and about two inches on the top and bottom. The blind operation should be at the back. Start at the top. Pop out the stopper on the end of the top bracket. Notch the fabric, so it wraps nicely around the end. Coat both bracket and the fabric with glue, called decoupage medium. Wrap the fabric around the top bracket. Use clothespins to clamp while it dries. Glue the fabric around onto the backside of the slats where you marked the slat placement before. You just need to glue the edges on the front and back, not the whole slat. [MUSIC] Place clothespins on the edges of the slats to insure those areas adhere nicely. Roll the edge of the fabric over, so you get a clean edge. Glue into place. Wrap the fabric around the bottom bar and clamp with clothespins. Let dry completely before hanging. Install like normal mini blinds and the best part is they're operational like normal blinds,but much prettier.