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Easy, stylish, budget-friendly DIY pallet wood vertical blinds! As created by!

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Step 1: Install top plate connector

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Screw the top plate connector into your window frame. Screw in 3/8" threaded rod and 3/4" split ring hangars.

Step 2: Install conduit piece

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Cut 1/2" diameter conduit to length and install into the split ring hangars.

Step 3: Measure

Measure from center of the conduit to the window sill to get wood piece length. Subtract out length of hanging hardware and allow for clearance for the wood pieces to hang freely and move.

Step 4: Cut the wood, drill holes, attach hardware

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Cut the wood to size. Measure 1/2" down from the top edge and center, then drill a 1/4" hole. Along the edges, drill 1/8" holes 1/4" in from the edge as connection points for the blinds in three places: center, one foot from the top, one foot from the bottom. Slide the 1" binder ring through the big hole, attach the swivel key tag.

Step 5: Hang and connect

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Hang the pieces on the conduit. Cut 20 gauge (or better, 16 gauge) copper wire into 6" pieces. Thread through 1/8" holes from behind and twist ends together. Voila, pallet wood vertical blinds!

seamster4 months ago

I love this idea!

Humboldtartdept (author)  seamster4 months ago
Thanks so much!
adawnee9 months ago

Where did you get the circle hardware that goes on the rod and attaches

to the wood?

Humboldtartdept (author)  adawnee9 months ago
Those are binder rings, or aka loose leaf rings, or aka book rings. I used 1" and bought mine at Office Max, though lots of stores like Target have them as well. The flexible swivel key tags (the part in the middle that swivels and the ring that goes through the rod) were a special order on Home Depot's website.

You are a life saver! We don't have much money and have been trying to fix up our home on a tight budget. Our den has a picture window that's around 122" wide. I've looked at custom blinds (too expensive), store bought curtains (need too many panels making this too expensive too) AND we have 5 whippets who love to look out the window so whatever we use needs to be easy to open (like THEY can open it), cheap as they might very well get excited and rip down the curtains, and we wanted as much light as possible. This takes care of all those problems! I probably would not attach the individual pieces so they can stick their heads thru or maybe do a few hooked together in groups so I can open just the ones I want. Really great idea!!! Any idea where I can get free or really cheap pallets??? Thanks again. Wild Whippet woman

Humboldtartdept (author)  WildWhippetWoman9 months ago
Oh fantastic! Thanks so much for your nice comment! I'm so glad it's an idea that will work for you!

I found the free pallet wood place I go to by poking around Craigslist in the "free" section. You might try Googling your area and "pallet wood," see what comes up.

If you make them, let me know how they turned out!
kreator9 months ago

Is this humboldt as in northern california humboldt? because I lived in arcata for a while!

Humboldtartdept (author)  kreator9 months ago

Nope, sorry, Humboldt as in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago.

sunshiine9 months ago

Now this is a great idea; thanks for sharing your hard work and do have a splendorous day.


Humboldtartdept (author)  sunshiine9 months ago
Why thank you for such a fantastic compliment! I hope you have a splendorous day as well!
craftclarity9 months ago

Super cool! You should enter these in the Pallet Contest...!

Humboldtartdept (author)  craftclarity9 months ago
Oh thanks! I had no idea there was a contest so thank you, I will look that up!

How fun! Quite the unique look :)

Humboldtartdept (author)  Penolopy Bulnick9 months ago
Thanks so much!
Humboldtartdept (author) made it!9 months ago

Super easy, great look, very budget-friendly!