At the end of the day though, there are certain things that cats do that make me say @#$%^&! Point and case (and the reason for today's blog post) is the continual and utter destruction of the mini blinds. Fortunately, we won't have to pay to replace any sets that fall out of the windows, because the apartment people admit that they are cheap and just gave us new ones! (Hooray!) The cats caused this destruction though, and I'm not sure how to recycle vinyl blinds. So, I upcycled them. Booyah! I win! Ha! Cats 1, Me ∞! Details below:
The "I'm smarter than my cats" Mini Blind Basket
Gather your supplies. I used the broken blinds, a pair of scissors, double sided tape, a stapler, and ribbon.
(The photo shows only tape, but it was not strong enough to hold the corners together, hence the tiny attacher later in the photos.)
Cut the strings to take the blinds apart (this will vary based on your set of mini blinds) to get all the slats free.
Layout your "center" with 4 slats
Start weaving a flat panel and expand in each direction with the number of slats you desire. This will be your base when you are finished.
Create pieces that will be long enough to wrap all the way around the basket. My basket was 14 inches long by 6 inches wide meaning that my strips for weaving must be 40 inches long. I measured some 6 inch pieces to add to my 36 inch long slats to make 42 inches (because I really like having room for errors!)
Start turning the work vertical.
(You could use tape here, but it just didn't hold well for me.)
Weave around the basket, stapling the corners and anywhere else that needs stability, with your long slats. Repeat until it is the desired height.
Finish the edges. When you are done weaving you need to secure the edges. In normal basket weaving you fold the edges and tuck them inside. You can't fold these edges in the same way, but you can break them off, stapling them in place as you go.
Take the ribbon and cover the raw edge along the top. Use the tape to hold the ribbon in place.
Put something exciting but low-duty in the basket.
(It is not the strongest thing in the world, so I would not put something important in it and attach it to your bicycle!)
Revel in how much you just schooled your evil cats. I hear that kids can break blinds too... I hope you parents out there need diaper storage! I think this is is WAY cooler than throwing the broken blinds in the trash! Also, this is all that I have left...I think I need to make woven coasters.