12 Surprising Ways to Use Old Mini Blinds

Abigail Sawyer | 14 May 2014 | DIY Projects

When you upgrade window treatments, the old blinds don’t have to go straight to the trash. Nor do your free blinds samples that you order when picking out your favorite color.

Some scrap metal and recycling centers accept window blinds, but we got a few ideas for repurposing them in order to give them a second life.


1. Clean Up Crumbs

Like a waiter at a fancy restaurant, use a small aluminum blind slat piece to scoop crumbs off of the table.


2. Pick Up (The Tape) Where You Left Off

Don’t waste time trying to find the end of the tape. A small mini blinds piece will hold your place and doesn’t waste tape like folding over the end does.


3. Draw A Straight Line Around a Curve

Because slats are flexible, they can wrap around chair legs or curves and keep a straight line.

Use blinds to draw straight on a curve

4. Rescue Out-Of-Reach Items

Use a long mini blind slat to swipe lost items out from between cabinets or under furniture.


5. Create A Pour Spout

Tuck a small strip into the mouth of a jar or bottle for instant pourability.


6. Clean Paint Can Grooves

When you’re finished with your painting project, get extra paint back in the can with a mini blinds “scoop.”


7. Spread Out Glue

Whether you’re in the workshop or crafting with the kids, a blinds slat acts as the perfect spreader and keeps fingers clean.

Use old mini blinds to spread glue

8. Make Garden Markers

Never mix up parsley and cilantro again! Blinds become reusable garden labels with a little chalkboard paint.

Watch the video to see how it’s done.

Chalkboard garden marker from blinds slat plant

9. Paint Inside The Lines

Old mini blinds are a great replacement for painters tape when you are doing quick painting touch ups. Use one slat at a time and switch out for a dry one on each new section.

Painting tip with blinds slats

10. Weave A Storage Box

Old vinyl mini blinds can be woven into useful baskets. Follow these step-by-step instructions.

woven basket made of blinds

11. Make A Funky Chandelier

An artist made this curly chandelier from aluminum blinds on TLC’s Craft Wars.

Chandelier made from mini blidns

12. Make A Starburst Mirror

Talk about trash to treasure! Turn 5 sets of mini blinds into stylish wall art with this tutorial.

Starburst mirror made from mini blinds

Tried these ideas but still have tons of blinds left? Learn how to recycle blinds and shades responsibly.

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  • About Author

    Abigail Sawyer is the Manager of Social Media Marketing for Blinds.com. She's a home improvement junkie who is currently restoring a 1972 cottage with the help of her husband and goldendoodle, Biscuit. Walking in the footsteps of Martha Stewart, she’s happiest when she’s crafting or whipping up a new recipe; although nothing beats curling up with a good book and some Girl Scout Cookies. Follow her on twitter + instagram at @whatabigailsaw