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.
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.
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.
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.
10. Weave A Storage Box
Old vinyl mini blinds can be woven into useful baskets. Follow these step-by-step instructions.
11. Make A Funky Chandelier
An artist made this curly chandelier from aluminum blinds on TLC’s Craft Wars.
12. Make A Starburst Mirror
Talk about trash to treasure! Turn 5 sets of mini blinds into stylish wall art with this tutorial.
Tried these ideas but still have tons of blinds left? Learn how to recycle blinds and shades responsibly.
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