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How To Transform a Simple Roller Blind into a Piece of Art

My 4 and 6 year old are both early risers. With school now out for the Summer I would love for them to sleep-in. Just a little. Last Summer they were both exhausted by the end of the day and instead of enjoying the long Summer evenings we had to diligently put them to bed early in order to avoid a daily meltdown.

The fast approaching Summer was on my mind when I chose to use room darkening roller shades in their bedrooms at our new home. I am hoping (maybe a little optimistically) that these will help them to sleep in after a late night.

I’ve been having so much fun decorating their new rooms and I have to admit that roller blinds weren’t exactly my idea of fun window treatments. Even the coloured options seemed plain. Over the last month or so I have been reading a lot of DIY blogs and this is how I stumbled upon a tutorial on how to transform a boring roller blind into a piece of art.

It took me less than an hour to transform my roller shade and I couldn’t be happier with the end result.

I admit that I had my doubts while I was replicating the steps. For awhile I was convinced that the spring function on the blind would be rendered useless from the weight of the fabric. I was also convinced that my blind would be riddled with creases but I’m happy to report that the project has been a complete success. My 6 year old will attest to this fact. 

I’m not going to outline the steps I took to create this look but you can check out the original post where I found the tutorial.


If you are any good with a sewing machine I did find a fairly simple alternative tutorial that involves removing the vinyl blind and replacing it with a medium weight fabric. I was originally going to follow this route but whenI found the no-sew method I opted for the easy way out.

It turned out great all the same, don’t you think? :)

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  • Meg May 28, 2014, 5:49 pm

    I purchased a roller shade and it had repetitive creases every 6 inches throughout. I returned them thinking the creases would show through fabric. Did your roller shade have any creases?

    • saida May 28, 2014, 10:31 pm

      Hi Meg
      My shade was pretty smooth in texture.

  • Blind Superstore July 31, 2013, 8:56 am

    Love this! We love seeing people come up with smart ideas to make their blinds/windows looks nicer!

    • saida August 1, 2013, 11:07 am

      Thanks! I can’t take the credit for this one though. This was an idea I copied of DIY Mommy :)

  • Christina @ The DIY Mommy July 26, 2013, 10:42 am

    It turned out great and I’m glad you’re happy with it! Thanks for linking to my tutorial.

    • saida July 27, 2013, 10:13 am

      Thanks, for the inspiration!

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