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3 Easy Ways to Share Nature With Your Kids This Summer

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Fun Repurposing Projects for Those Old Blinds

No room is complete without the right blinds! But, that doesn’t mean the same set of blinds will look right at home in your living room until the end of time. If you’re redecorating your home or you simply want to get rid of outdated or broken blinds, you may be tempted to dump those old blinds in the garbage.

They aren’t ready for the landfill just yet! There are quite a few fun projects that you can complete using those old blinds.

1. Get Creative With Home Décor

How you decorate your home matters. Messy, dirty homes can create anxiety and dysfunction while empty spaces can create feelings of loneliness.

Any old décor won’t do. What you decorate your home with matters too. The more meaningful the items, the more likely you and your guests are to feel right at home. The most meaningful décor is the kind that you create yourself.

There is a surprising array of amazing projects that can be completed using blinds of all kinds. A few examples include:

  • A picture frame made out of the slats of wooden blinds
  • Artwork can be created by cutting mini blinds and then painting them
  • A curly chandelier made out of plastic mini blinds that have been curled with scissors
  • A starburst mirror that uses different lengths of blinds as the rays

You can even use blinds to add architectural interest to a wall. For example, they can be spaced vertically between the kitchen countertop and cabinets and painted to look like decorative wood.

2. Use Them as a Tool

Not only can you use blinds in your home décor projects, you can also use them as tools for other projects you have around the house.

For example:

  • A small aluminum blind piece can scoop up crumbs or glitter from a table
  • A piece of mini blind can be used to hold the end of a large roll of tape in place
  • A flexible blind slat can be used to draw a straight line around a curve
  • You can clean the grooves of a paint can with a mini-blind slat that has been folded in half
  • Mini blinds make a great replacement for painter’s tape

3. Make Roman Shades

In many cases, homeowners start with mini blinds because they are affordable. But, as the home evolves, many people want to update those blinds with something a bit more stylish.

Instead of buying brand new Roman shades, repurpose those mini blinds! A little sewing know-how can really help, but you don’t have to be good with a needle and thread to update those old blinds. Some projects only require a little bit of glue!

With landfills that are growing exponentially each year, we should all do our part to repurpose and reuse everything we can, and that includes those old blinds. Keep them around for a while and try a few of the tricks on this list. You’ll have a more beautiful, cleaner home if you do!

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