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Uses for Old Vertical Blinds?

Does anyone have any uses for old vertical blinds? We replaced a bunch and I feel like there must be something I can do with them. They are the fake wood kind not the plastic.

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By guest (Guest Post)
August 11, 20050 found this helpful
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Donate them to somebody who might use them unless they are broken. In our area, Habitat for Humanity likes household items that can be used for building or furnishing homes and they will send a truck to pick up the items you wish to donate.

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By Eletha (Guest Post)
August 11, 20050 found this helpful
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I cut the vertical blinds into strips of 6" or so and put them in a coffee can. When my husband and I plant seeds in the spring for our garden, I write what they are on the strip. I also use them when I start new plants from the leaves of my African Violets.

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I record the date and color, just so I'll know how long it takes for them to mature and flower. When I plant my iris bulbs, I put the name of the iris and put it in the ground so I can learn the names, as I tend to forget them by the time they are blooming.

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August 12, 20050 found this helpful
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Just a comment to Eletha,

Vertical blinds made into plant labels work great for a few years. When labeling for inside plants it works wonderful. Lasts for years and years.

Outside plants...unless you push the label right into the ground the sun will deteriate the blind tags and they will go brittle and fade. Please make a map of your flower bed so you will know which iris is which if your tag breaks or fades. I do use the blind tags as a temporary tag until I make a permanent one from tooling copper cut into 1 x 3 rectangles and written on hard enough to leave a permanent indentation of the name of the plant. I have labeled most of my 800plus plants on our acreage this way and have lost the names of only a few of them (because of the blind tags fading and breaking years ago before I started to use copper tooling).

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Any plants that I give away I use the blind tags in them for the new owner to identify the kind of plant I gave them.

I also use these tags when I have my annual garage sale with perennials. We write the prices on these tags, stick them into the plant pots and when they are sold, we just pull out all the price tags and add them up for our customers. Each of us at the garage sale use a different color on the blind tags to allocate who gets the money from the plants and at the end of the sale we sort and wash the blind tags in order to store them until next year's sale.

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August 11, 20050 found this helpful

In most areas they have freecycle on the yahoo. You can give them to someone that needs them..Go to yahoo groups and type in freecycle and you can find if there is one in your area.

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By Connie (Guest Post)
March 16, 20070 found this helpful

A friend of my sister used them to make christmas ornaments.She first diecut them into gingerbread men then painted them . Last, she punched holes in the tops to hang them. I'm thinking of doing something similar but I thought I cut a slit on the tops of wooden dowels and make plant pokes, or mobiles,I may even string them with wire and beads to make suncatchers.

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I hope I helped in someway Be creative, I'm sure there are lots of cool ideas.

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March 17, 20070 found this helpful

If they are thin and flexible enough, you could paint them with Krylon Fusion spray paint in colors to coordinate with your interior colors, or leave color as is, since yours is a "natural" color which is a trend now. Then cut them to size, weave them to form a checker like pattern; "frame" edges with another strip and cover with cut acrylic. Use to decorate tabletops, a dishwasher top, etc. This works well with vinyl clothlike blinds.

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June 16, 20080 found this helpful

I cut yogurt containers into 2" strips with pointy ends as tags for garden use. This is my first year using it, and I would think that being plastic, it will not turn brittle in the sun.

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Anonymous
November 15, 20120 found this helpful

I'm using vanes to make large snowflakes with 4 vanes criss-crossed in the middle. Then sewn in the middle with a button on fishing line. Spray with sliver or white glitter paint.

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