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How to install DIY Bamboo Blinds Without Screws

Making holes in anything like walls, doors, windows is not the best option for hanging something if you don`t plan the items to hang there forever. So if there`s an option without drilling, I guess it is better to choose this exact option. Frankly, I don`t really like these drilling stuff, maybe that is why we have nearly to no hanging shelves or cabinets. Even our kitchen TV is hanging on a rope without any drilling, screws or anchors 😀 .

So when it came to our guest bathroom window decoration I was thinking of something that doesn`t require to make holes for, neither in the wall nor in the window.

Don`t throw old blinds away

First I thought of some café curtain rods, which could be stuck to the window sash by a double-sided tape. But that didn`t sound trustworthy. Then I thought that I should make the same curtain holder as those on the other windows, but that seemed to be boring. Once, rummaging around my parents` attic, some old disassembled bamboo blinds occurred in my hands. Long time ago they were cut to hide a piece of wall above sliding doors. They were in a good condition but they were too wide and too short for my windows. After everything being remeasured again, it turned out that the width fits perfectly to every sash if cut in two pieces. And the length is the half of the sash so it should`ve been bound with the part I had cut down.

How to cut bamboo blinds to make the needed width and length

I did this project long before I started this blog, so there are no pictures of it. But I can tell you what to do to fit the blinds to the size of the window.

To cut the width, roll op the blinds, tighten them well and cut them with a hacksaw. We use a hacksaw instead of a bowl saw because the bamboo blinds are made of very thin woven together shafts of the plant stems, which are very fragile.

To cut the length, measure it, add an inch or two (depending on your skillful fingers), cut the threads then remove a few slats to the length you need and tie the threads.

To make the blinds longer, just take a thread similar to one in the cording and tie the edge stems together. Or, like in the previous step, take a few stems out of each of the blinds and tie their threads together.  

Lengthening the blinds
Two bamboo blinds tied together

Attaching the blinds to the window without screws

The most interesting part was to attach the blinds to the window without screws or glue. I`ve bought a 9 m (approx. 30′) linen ribbon, cut it into 4 even pieces. Then I made a loop in the middle of each of those pieces and hooked it on the sash`s corner. The knot should be under the cord which holds the blinds. Then I wound the ribbon ends around this rod several times and lifted it down along the threads which weave the bamboo twigs together.

Bamboo blinds loop
Bamboo blinds loop

At the bottom I bound the blinds with bows.

Beautiful small orchdis on the tiled window sill
and a couple of cute black cats with beautiful small orchdis on the tiled window sill

I don`t need to raise them, so I didn`t make any mechanism to roll it up. But if you buy brand new blinds, that won`t be a problem because there will be one.     

DIY bamboo blinds

So the main aim – not to make holes and hang blinds without screws – accomplished.

Do you have any other ideas, how to hang things without screws and nails?

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