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Melissa & Doug Reno

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@Minaeu don't mind sharing at all. It was relatively easy.

I picked up one of those cheap, thin straw mats at a garage sale. People use them for the beach, yard, picnic, etc....

I stained the rayan mat many times with a dark brown "ebony" like stain. The stain actually hardened it up a bit. I did this to both sides.

Once that was friend, I measured out the interior window frame and cut the rayan mat to those measurements. I dabbed a clear drying glue on all four side so it wouldn't unravel apart. I also glued two lines down the middle of each panel along the thread lines that originally held the mat together.

Once all that dried up I fold a top valance over/front and glued down using clothespin to hold. I did the bottom folds by eye and again glued and secured with clothes pins.

When that dried, I measured out a medium thickness thread, one slightly longer than the other. I added little beads at bottom and secured those beads with crazy glue. I glued those threads onto and under top valance slightly off to the side. 

Walaa! Cool looking bamboo Roman shades. 

I also made same style for dining room window with burlap stock paper. I'll take close ups of them and post them soon so you can see better. 

Hope that helps


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Your houses look so real, it's hard to believe they are miniature. Thanks for the idea about the blinds. I picked up one of those straw beach mat things at Goodwill a couple of months ago. I bought it because I thought it would make good blinds, now I know it will, thanks to you!

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Dazzeling!, From the wall color, to the bed cover, to the furniture to the lighting, to the white trim on the window and door. Your colors and style make it pop perfectly.

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