Step 7: Ummm...Any Safety Issues....?


There is some talk going on that mini-blinds should not be used due to lead.
This is due to the scare that happened about 10-12 years ago.
Just make sure the blinds you use are lead-free.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) found that older, imported vinyl (plastic) mini blinds contain high amounts of lead which can be hazardous to young children. These blinds were manufactured before mid-1997 and imported from China, Indonesia, Taiwan and Mexico.
Manufacturers used lead in blinds to stabilize the vinyl and make it less brittle.

Around 1997 the CPSC changed the law, promoted new packaging labeling, and encouraged families with young children to dispose of imported vinyl mini-blinds.

The mini-blinds that I used for these plant markers are only a couple of years old, were
purchased by me and do not contain any lead. In my experience, most mini-blinds don't last that long, anyway - so hopefully those older imported mini-blinds are not even around to be re-used, but I know it is possible. 1996 or earlier imported blinds should not be recycled into craft projects'' --they should be discarded as hazardous waste.


<p>Love your gift idea. You can get enamel paint markers that are like pens. Worth a try. Thanks for a great instructable</p>
<p>These are great. I've used them for years and years. I always retrieve broken blinds from people, so it's a great way to recycle. I've always used a black Sharpie, and yes, it usually fades by the end of summer on the top part, BUT what I also do is right on the bottom of the plant marker, and that never fades. I have plant markers that have been in the ground for several years, and when I pull out the plant marker, the writing is still on there. Sometimes I write it back on top where it faded, but most of the time, I don't care. As long as I can pull it out and remind myself of what it is, I'm good!</p>
<p>Sorry. Correcting my own typo! I &quot;write&quot; on the bottom; not right. Oops!</p>
WONDERFUL!!!!! What a great idea and so easy most of us have mini blinds we didn't throw out when we took them down. Thank you soooo much :~)
I, too, have been doing this for years.&nbsp; Check your neighbor's trash for a supply of broken blinds.&nbsp; Save the cord for tying.&nbsp; I find that leaving the stakes in throughout the winter, lets me know that something is supposed to come up there.&nbsp; Yes, grease pencils are the best, although once I did find some special marker that really was permanent, now only if I could remember what it was!&nbsp; It had a heavy rubberized case which was great for using with wet or muddy hands.&nbsp; My grand kids have done some of the writing for me, which is truly special to see their handwriting and spelling!&nbsp;&nbsp; I just cut the point with one diagonal - less cutting, one side is a left cut, one a right slant, no little piece flying all over.<br /> <br />
I've been doing this quite a while too... if I only knew this before 30 years of gardening, the money I'd have saved (well, actually I would have spent it on ice cream!) For permanent writing, I use what used to be called a "grease pencil" - not sure what they're called now but it's basically like a crayon. An added bonus to using them is you get to peel off the cool paper wrapping as the pencil gets used. They come in colors but black seems to last best. Another way to make the writing last longer is to make sure the writing-side of the plant marker faces away from the sun.
Glad to see someone post this, been doing this for years. I agree that sharpies don't last like they used to, and pencils seem to do best outdoors. I find a softer pencil is better; it lays down more graphite. I use at least a #2, and some of them seem softer than others. I've been wondering if a permanent laundry marking pen might hold up better. A light sanding to scuff the surface seems to help retain the writing longer, but that aadds a lot of labor to the project, I don't bother doing it anymore.
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If you use a paint pen, the words will last years. I've never had them fade. Permanent markers will fade rather quickly if exposed to bright sunlight. Pencils will last a couple of years and then start fading.
Good idea, if I do say so myself. :D
Great idea. I was trying to find some tags recently and couldn't. I ended up buying a big bag of plastic knives from a dollar store. They worked perfectly.
Great idea!
Very Cool idea! My cats are always destroying my blinds and now I know what to do with them when I finally replace em!
Ingenious! Very very clever.
Cool use for those old blinds. When I bought my place they had some really ugly beige blinds that I replaced, but I better find out about the lead though.

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