This project (blind and valance) is so simple and inexpensive. It probably took a total of 3 hours and approximately $55 total.
Today, I'll explain how to add ladder trim detail to basic blinds.
- Wood or faux wood blinds (I use 2" faux wood blinds from JC Penney) and tools needed for installation (drill/screwdriver/pencil/level).
- Ribbon or jacquard trim (I found this greek key trim on ebay - I think it was about $20 for 10 yards).
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks.
Step #1: Measure your trim by adding about 3 inches to the length of the blind.
Step #2: Cut as many lengths of trim as needed to cover the lift cords (I chose to cover all 3, but you could also leave the middle lift cord un-covered)
Step #3: Glue the top end of one of your cut trim pieces to the underside of the top of the shade (centered above one of the lift cords) with your hot glue gun (I created a little clean "hem" first by folding over the end of the trim and gluing it down).
Step #4: With the blinds closed, find the lift cord between the top two slats and pinch it to the trim. Keeping the cord and trim pinched in your fingers, open the blinds.
Step #6: The tedious part will be holding your arms up high, because you'll need to keep the trim/cord steady while the glue dries. Once the first glued spot is dry, test the shade by opening and closing. If it's able to close fully, open the shade again and work your way down the shade adding a dab of glue to connect the trim to the cord between each slat.
Step #7: At the bottom, I just glue the trim to the bottom piece of the blinds all the way under and around the back. To keep the end from fraying, you can either treat it with fray check, seal it with a lighter (if it's synthetic) or create another hem by folding and gluing.
Step #8: Repeat for as many lift cords as you intend to cover.
That's it! Here's how it looks open:
And, here it is open and lifted:
It's fully functional, and gives the window a really custom look at a really great price.
Tune back in tomorrow for a tutorial on the box-pleat valance!
If you try this - I'd love to see photos!