Category Archives: Hand Crafted

Adding a Holiday Touch to your Windows

Your windows are among one of the focal points that people see when walking past, or when they are inside your home. When the draperies are open and the blinds are drawn, what you have on the panes is not visible, yet when the blinds are opened, it is viewable not only from the inside, but from the outside as well.

One of the most intersting holiday decorating schemes I’ve seen involved the snow that is sprayed on, as well as some holiday stencils which were put together to create a lovely scene all in white that was, from the outside a perfect foil to the dark wood or deep burgundy blinds that the house had in the various rooms.

Snowflakes, reindeer and penguin outlines were painted on the windows, using the easily removed snow spray that is rather like flocking, all in white and very Christmas-y.

There are some wonderful single layer stencils out there that will permit you to get the same look that this home had.

It was classic, understated and remarkably elegant for so simply a thing and it imparted an ambience of a snowy night to both the inside of the home as well as the outside.

Choosing darker blinds for wintertime is simply common sense, as it will help your home to hold the heat better, rather than reflecting the suns rays it will absorb them.

THese colors, the deeper reds, greens and browns are also the ideal backdrop for this type of all white decorating and made the home absolutely striking.

Make your blinds in integral part of the window decor by choosing decorations that are more impressive with the darker backdrop.

Do however be careful with the candles and candelabra when you have blinds in place and make sure that they don’t touch the blinds themselves.

Decorating Your Blinds

Vinyl blinds traditionally are plain and simple, colored in any shade to match your room, but still sometimes, less than exciting, and they really don’t seem to show off your more creative side.

With a little bit of creativity and some imagination you can change that.

Blinds of a solid color, which don’t show your room off to its best advantage, can be amended to be something special, and to make your room look like something unique and as individual as you are.

Taking some simple craft stencils and stencil paints, or some decorator edgings you can create one of a kind pieces of art to enhance your windows and rooms.

With a little paint, decorator edging and some imagination, what begins like this,

can end up looking like this…

Making your windows, whether it’s the view from the open blind, or the blind itself, the focal point of the room.

Stencil Patterns for Blinds

Using the stencil patterns below, its easy to get the exact look that you want from your vinyl mini blinds or roll up blinds with a bit of paint and your time and talent.

The stencils here are just one layer required, but you can easily make a shaded look by using two different colors when you load the brush, or dabbing darker colored paint around the edges of the stencil when working with it.

Stenciling s one of the easier and more fun crafts because the projects take such a short time to complete and if you load the brush correctly you just can’t miss with the finished project.

Bear in mind that vinyl will take a bit longer to dry, however there are vinyl paints out there that will work for you too, so explore your options when it comes to materials that you use to achieve the look you want.

Vinyl roll up blinds or wooden roll up blinds will be the easier to use when stenciling, as they are a flat surface.

When you begin stenciling your blinds, you might want to try using these first until you get the hang of the craft and see what kind of results you get.

To use the stencils below, simply put them on any good paint program on your computer and enlarge them to the size you might like, then print them out onto velux or stencil paper, or the thin plastic film paper if you’d like to keep them permanently.

For a single use stencil card stock paper works fine and will last about as long as it takes to complete the project.

Here are some examples of what you can achieve with a few paints and some sealant.

Roman Blinds: Hand Decorated

Among the most elegant type of blinds as well as another which is easily decorated and adapted to echo the look and feel of any room is the Roman blind.

Easily stenciled or colored they lend themselves well to additional decorating, and hold the fabric paint well, giving the design the ability to last for years with proper care and cleaning.

Roman blinds are by and large room darkening, so the blind being drawn at night to provide for privacy, will also provide for your guests or family to see the designs or decorator edging that you add.

Roman blinds are available in many colors, and using stencils, freehand painting techniques, stippling or stenciling brushes and a few minutes of your time can give you an amazing designer blind that will provide your room with a style that is unsurpassed in those you can purchase.

All it takes is a bit of imagination to make the blind itself echo the border, wallpaper print or the print of your valance.

For example if your home is Amish country or Country French, one of the things you might do is to echo the Amish border that you have in your dining room in this fashion.

Amish Buggy Mural on Roman Blind

Rather than a simple design, a Roman blind may be used to stencil or paint a mural type scene which will be proudly displayed when the blind is fully extended, such as the one viewed here.

Using layered stencils or simply hand painting the lower portion of the blind the effect is extremely striking.

Your windows and blinds can be as unique and unusual as you are, and the price doesn’t have to be astronomical to achieve a designer one of a kind effect, if you are willing to spend a few minutes and a few dollars.

Happy Painting.