DIY Roman Shades

DIY 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.


88 thoughts on “DIY Roman Shades

  1. When the sun shines, do the slats show through the material? If so, does it look ok? I am about to make these and seems as though no matter the material, the slats might show some.  Advice? Thanks!

  2. so wasteful its not that hard to make Roman Blinds without adding to land fill by doing it this way, I just don`t see the point

  3. Better Home and Gardens I am amazed with all of the window covering safety out in the press lately that you are showing consumers how to recreate a hazard for children to get their heads caught in. The inner cord that you have shown consumers to exposed should be covered with a material so it cannot be pulled out. It should not be large enough for a childs head to go through the material and the cord. The back of the shade should be completely covered with more material according to the national safety standard. #Gocordless see our channel for more info.

  4. My blinds don't have a hole in the slat for the thicker cord that moves the blinds up and down. The thicker cord is on the outside of the slat attached to the side of the ladder cord. Any suggestions?

  5. At 1:03 that is some incredibly ocd shit lol. she put the big pieces in one pile and the little pieces in another.

  6. Theres one other thing none have thought about, this way you get to choose what fabric you want , I hate the ones in the store. they all are not matching what our home looks like, This gives a custom look without paying extra for something that doesn't match or deco.

  7. This will look terrible from the outside. And upholstery fabric can be pricey. That type of blind isn't cheap either. The glue is going to be exposed to UV light, temperature changes, and mosture, as well as being put under mechanical stress at least twice a day. They are going to fall apart. Also, they are unwashable. It is a pricey, temporary solution.

  8. This is a "cute" idea if you already have the fabric and the faux wood blinds to use, but why doesn't this DIY just ask you to remove the bottom rail and slide the slats out rather than breaking them all? What a waste of effort when most blinds of that type are easily height-adjustable without breaking slats.

    If you're going out to buy the blinds, the fabric, and the glue instead of using materials you already have, this will cost just as much as just buying a cheap roman shade or a DIY Roman Shade kit from a craft/hobby store.

  9. I thought these were mini blinds, are they wood or mini. I really need to use this for my bath window that is 48×48.

  10. No you don't wash them you just let it get dirty and no she doesn't want to buy Roman blinds, she wants to cut blinds and yes she wants to spend all that money. The hell you gonna do about it?

  11. omg i just can't listen to the retarded mesurements!get over it and start using the metric system! NASA is using it for decades,WTF!!!!???

  12. cool for people who like DIY and already have the materials needed. seems too long and complicated, i rather buy the roman blinds. well depending on how much they are, i never bought any.

  13. if you don't have mod podge, or if the mod podge just isn't doing the job well, you could also use hot glue or staples (which are probably too small to be noticed)!

  14. No footage at all of the blinds being adjusted or opened. I bet these wouldn't function very well. Seems half-baked.

  15. Im definitely going to try this on my bathroom blinds. Thank you for the great idea. Saving alot of money by doing this.

  16. you will need:
    1. white faux wood blind
    2. thick upholstery fabric
    3. pencil
    4. scissors
    5. decoupage
    6. bowl for decoupage
    7. foam brush
    8. clothes pin
    9. tape measrue
    10. iron

  17. I've always wanted Roman Blinds but they can be a bit pricey. I've seen videos on how to DIY them, but they always seemed so complicated. This on the other hand, looks very easy! I have old blinds that are perfect for re-purposing. I'm a crafter and already have all the supplies around my home. As someone pointed out there may be some limitations with mondge podge glue however, there are glues on the market that are UV resistant. To conceal the blinds simply use a very lightweight, inexpensive fabric as a liner. Muslin is a good choice. All in all, I can't wait to try this project. Thanks for sharing!

  18. love the idea of no sew and using blinds. I made Romans years ago, sewing, rods, the whole thing. expensive and difficult, time consuming. I'd try this.

  19. love the idea of no sew and using blinds. I made Romans years ago, sewing, rods, the whole thing. expensive and difficult, time consuming. I'd try this.

  20. Nice idea for a custom look if you already have the materials. However, without being stitched it will fall apart as the glue ages. Also, it will be unsightly from outside the window. Ought to be lined!

  21. OMG thank you for this smart idea, my blinds are broke, horrible, but almost news!!! Now I won't lost my money. 🙂

  22. I think it's an awesome idea for a while… but how do you wash them? Will the glue stand up to being scrubbed? I usually scrub my blinds in the tub 1-2 times a year.

  23. Thanks for the detailed instructions, although you did not address the fact that you must turn the shade around so the mechanism to raise and lower it is available at the back. Otherwise, if you glue the fabric to the front, you close that off and I don't know how you could operate it. Anyway, I found it a lot harder to do than I expected, but that was just the first one and I'm sure the others will be easier. The resulting Roman shade looks AMAZING, and because I was able to use fabric that coordinates perfectly with the room and curtains, it's a wonderfully custom look that would have been super expensive to purchase.

  24. There is an actual fabric glue for this sort of thing. Also, why did you have folks do all that cutting and breaking when all you had to do was pop the plugs at the bottom and slide them out? Your way was WAY harder.

  25. Would this work with regular cheap mini blinds? I'm a young woman living in a nursing home and I'm tired of looking at these plain white mini blinds. I'm a pretty crafty person, so this would give me something to occupy my time. What would happen if I simply used a heavy cotton fabric, cut it into strips and then decoupaged the strips to each side of each slat of the blind? I realize it would be time consuming, but time it all I have.

  26. This is awesome sauce! I already had these faux blinds in my bedrooms and wanted to replace with roman shades but couldn't find the fabric I wanted and didn't want to pay the price for custom roman shades since I'm not sure how long I'll be in this house. This was the perfect solution from a cost and time perspective! Thanks so much.

  27. I think it's a great idea!! I'm trying it now on my mini blinds.. if it look crappy on the outside, oh well, I don't really care as long as it looks good in my bedroom! Thanks for the tutorial!!!

  28. recycling old broken blinds is the idea… I guess… otherwise I wouldn´t destroy something to reinvent something different while I can buy it.

  29. Thanks for the idea. I would try to figure out a way to put fabric on the back, too, with a finished look. It would be good to correct your captions where you say "slacks" instead of "slats."

  30. I just finished making one of these and modified it a little. You can get a cheap polyester sheet to line the back which is what the lining is made of for drapes. I did pull out my sewing machine to make the edges look neat. I also used heat bonded hem tape to attach the lining to back of the shade. For the actual shade I used indoor-outdoor material because we live at the beach and I wanted a beach type print. It is a little cheaper than upholstery fabric. All in all, I think this project was definitely more cost effective than having someone come in and do it custom for you.

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  32. Instead of breaking the slats, why not remove the bottom 3 thread caps and just remove the slats that are not needed? That way if you want to use new material later, you still have more slats?

  33. I like the idea, but how does it look from the other side? Surely we see the faux wood appearing, right? The fabric should be laid over on both sides. It's actually possible to make theses blinds without the faux wood.

  34. I like this idea since I have these exact blinds on my windows and their starting to look a little bad. First off I would just take the bottom of and remove the blinds I didn't need instead of breaking them should I ever what to change them back. Also I would think that you would need to put fabric on both sides even if its just a light solid color for the back side being that it would look rather unfinished and ugly for everyone looking at your home. I just think that it wouldn't be very presentable from the outside for everyone to see.

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  36. Gosh people, do you have to be so critical? I think its a great tutorial. If you're concerned about the outside view, make sure to use a fabric w/print on the other side, or sew 2 pieces together. As far as breaking the slides, ok…we get that you can remove them, but geez, she did a great job sharing.

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