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Repurposed :: DIY Bamboo Shades

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It’s the first Wednesday of the month and that means it’s time for a fun blog hop! The goal of this blog hop is to “Repurpose, Recycle and Reuse” and boy do I have something fabulous for you today! I made some DIY Bamboo Shades and am LOVING THEM!

DIY Bamboo Shades - Made from Bamboo Fencing. This DIY is so EASY!

So, if you know me in person, then you know that I can be a bit cheesy. Seriously, I’ve told Luke in a super-giddy voice all week how in love with this project I am. Then on Monday, I finished up part of it and I sent him a quick photo text saying “I’m a bonafide genius”. Sometimes, I just get so excited about something and it comes out cheesy. So, fair warning, I’m super-excited about this project.

Let’s get right to it. =)

We finally decided to finish our bedroom. It has sat in it’s current state (about 75% done) for the past 6 months’ or so. One of the things that we needed to finish it was bamboo shades to cover our roller blinds. I love our roller blinds because they are so easy to put down at night and put up in the morning. However, they are not easy on the eye… they are downright ugly. So, I wanted to do a bamboo shade as a cover layer for the window (like what we have in our formal dining room below).

Formal Dining Room with West Elm Curtains

I have never lowered the shade in the formal dining room (even though they are real ones that can be lowered), so I knew that wanting to lower them would never be a problem.

Week before last, I pulled the trigger and ordered  some for this window:

Master Bedroom

I needed over 82 inches wide (so I bought two at 42 inches) and the subtotal came to just over $120.

While those were being shipped to me, I was browsing at Home Depot. In the outdoor area (where planters are) and I came across this:


(in store they have a smaller roll for $9.99 but I couldn’t find it online)

Holy Mackarel. Do you immediately see what I see? Yep, it says fencing, but I see bamboo shades.

I quickly scooped up the small roll for $9.99 and checked out. As soon as I got home I got to brainstorming on how to actually make it into a bamboo shade.

Ready for a tutorial? Here goes.

1. Gather your supplies. You will need: bamboo fencing ($9.99), scrap fabric (that halfway matches the fencing), a glue gun, scissors and a curtain rod. I had the curtain rod in our basement but, if you don’t have one, these old styles can be picked up at the Habitat Restore for $2. You could also make a wood hanger or use a dowel rod to hang it from. You could be creative here.


2. Measure your window (I wanted an outside mount so I accounted for extra) and cut the bamboo. The bamboo fencing cuts easily with a pair of scissors.


3. Hot glue scrap fabric around the curtain rod. You are doing this so the white curtain rod doesn’t show through when you hang the bamboo shade up.


4. Place your curtain rod over your bamboo about 8 inches (this accounts for the fold over the curtain rod). Gently fold the bamboo over the rod and check to see if you like the amount of bamboo that you have hanging (this is the top of your bamboo shade).


5. If you like the amount of hanging bamboo, then hot glue the bamboo to the rod. I don’t have a picture of this, but make sure to overlap your second piece of bamboo (if you have an oversize window like me) so that your bamboo shade looks seamless. I overlapped about 1/2 inch.


6. Hang your rod up so that you can determine where you would like your folds to be.

How To Make your Own Bamboo Shades

Once we got the rod up, the weight of the bamboo fencing (which isn’t much) made it sag. We had a long cup hook and we screwed it in to help support the weight in the middle.
Bamboo Shade Tutorial

7. Using wire from where you cut your bamboo shades, separate it and cut it in to 5 inch pieces.

Wire for DIY Bamboo Shades

8. Gently bend your shade where you would like your bend to be.

DIY Bamboo Woven Shades by Bigger Than The Three Of Us

9. On the seams (I did every other), wrap wire from the front of the fold to the back piece to create the fold. You can see the extra wrapped wire in the picture below.

How to make a bamboo shade for $10

10. Once you get to the second shade (if you have an oversized window), keep in mind that you are trying to match the folds. This wasn’t hard. I eyed up close and then took a few steps back to make sure I was on track.

Make a supersize bamboo shade tutorial

Tutorial for making a roman shade out of bamboo fencing

DIY bamboo blinds by Bigger Than The Three Of Us

11. Layer your curtains high and wide over the bamboo shades to create a more layered look.

DIY Natural woven bamboo blinds

Bamboo blind tutorial

From start to finish, this project took around 2 hours. I’m in love with the results. If you wanted to actually be able to raise and lower the blinds, then this isn’t for you. If you want the added layer of blinds for visual purposes, then this is the perfect thing. I can’t wait to make more.  Oh and in case you haven’t seen enough pictures… here are a few more. =)

faux bamboo shade tutorial

bamboo blinds in master bedroom tutorial

natural woven bamboo blinds tutorial

Curtains and blinds by Bigger Than The Three Of Us

DIY Bamboo Shades - Made from Bamboo Fencing. This DIY is so EASY!

Share the love and join me in checking out the other fabulous ladies in our blog hop!

Blog HOp

Thrifty and Chic – Ikea Hack (Hamper to Side Table)

All Things G & D – DIY Boot Socks from Old Sweater Sleeves

Lovely Etc – Hanging Globes

Life as a Thrifter – Quick and Easy Candle Holders

It All Started With Paint – Union Jack Flag Mason Jars

Linking up to:

C.R.A.F.T.Rain on a Tin Roof, A Stroll Thru Life,  Project Inspire(d)The MakersThe Winthrop ChroniclesHome Stories A-ZWork It WednesdayMaking Home BaseFry Sauce and GritsLiz Marie BlogThe Inspiration Gallery, Creativity Unleashed – The Bold Abode, Fridays UnfoldedRemodelaholic, Whipperberry, Tatertots and Jello, Spotlight Saturday and Frugal Crafty Blog Hop.





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50 Comments on Repurposed :: DIY Bamboo Shades

  1. Carrie
    March 5, 2014 at 7:36 am (1 year ago)

    This is a super smart idea! Way to find a much cheaper way to get a beautiful look!

    • Ashley Mayes
      March 5, 2014 at 8:28 am (1 year ago)

      Thanks Carrie! MUCH cheaper is the key!

  2. Julia@Cuckoo4Design
    March 5, 2014 at 7:45 am (1 year ago)

    This is a fantastic idea! Love it and they look so good.

    • Ashley Mayes
      March 5, 2014 at 8:29 am (1 year ago)

      Thanks Julia! It was so hard to photograph, but they look super great in person. Seriously, I don’t think anyone would know that they are faux.

    • Ashley Mayes
      March 5, 2014 at 8:29 am (1 year ago)

      Let me know how it goes if you try it. I’m thinking about making some for my living room. =)

  3. Linda @ it all started with paint
    March 5, 2014 at 8:25 am (1 year ago)

    This is just so stinking amazingly genius!!!!! I may just return those three bamboo shades I recently ordered for my family room …

    :) Linda

    • Ashley Mayes
      March 5, 2014 at 5:47 pm (1 year ago)

      lol. Thanks Linda. Seriously, I just took mine back to HD yesterday. I told the HD associate all about it and she loved the idea. =)

  4. Katie @ Upcycled Treasures
    March 5, 2014 at 10:20 am (1 year ago)

    These are perfect for adding texture and look beautiful in your room! Pinned and I hope you will stop by and share this at The Makers!

    Have a great week!

    • Ashley Mayes
      March 5, 2014 at 1:36 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks Katie! I’ll be by to share next week for sure!

  5. Alicia @ thrifty and chic
    March 5, 2014 at 11:49 am (1 year ago)

    you have no idea how much i love this! I was thinking about something like this for my bedroom. I don’t care to for blinds. hate them. But this would be the perfect solution to hide them when they are up :) Love it! I might have to steal this idea. I’m wondering if a grass mat would work, you know the ones for when you go to the beach?

    • Ashley Mayes
      March 5, 2014 at 1:45 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks Alicia! I think a grass mat would definitely work, but may not provide the depth that real bamboo does. You could definitely play around with it and see. Since the fencing is bound by wires, it is a bit bulky which I think is what makes the folds look like the real deal. If you try it with the mat, let me know. I’d like to know how it turns out.

  6. Chrystal Jones
    March 5, 2014 at 10:48 pm (1 year ago)

    Do you lower them? If so, how? I love this!

    • Ashley Mayes
      March 6, 2014 at 6:39 am (1 year ago)

      No, you can’t lower them. We have roller blinds installed underneath (which we already had) and we just needed to add a pretty layer so you didn’t see the ugly roller blinds.

  7. Emily@HouseintheHeights
    March 7, 2014 at 10:37 pm (1 year ago)

    Wow!!! What a great idea ! I can’t believe they only cost you $10….

    • Ashley Mayes
      March 10, 2014 at 2:28 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks Marty! I will stop by.

  8. Debbie @Dewdrop Gables
    March 10, 2014 at 10:59 pm (1 year ago)

    Wow, great way to get the look for a lot less! When I worked at the garden centre, we sold similar bamboo fencing but they cost a heck of a lot more than $10.00! Mind you, I live in Canada where everything is more expensive and it was a high end garden centre. Boy, I’d love to be able to shop in the States…the prices and stores are nothing like we see up here.
    I saw you sharing at Project Inspire{d}
    Debbie :)

    • Ashley Mayes
      March 11, 2014 at 7:37 am (1 year ago)

      Thanks Debbie! I have heard that from other Canadian bloggers. Do some of the big box stores over here ship? Just a thought. Thanks for stopping by.

  9. Jodie
    March 11, 2014 at 10:10 am (1 year ago)

    Oh my goodness you definitely are a bonafide genius! These are gorgeous. I can’t believe how simple and inexpensive you made it! Might have to take a trip to Home Depot myself : ) Amazing idea!

    • Ashley Mayes
      March 11, 2014 at 12:50 pm (1 year ago)

      Ha. Thanks Jodie. You should totally make some.

  10. Corey @ tinysidekick
    March 11, 2014 at 12:29 pm (1 year ago)

    You are right. That is genius! Gotta love the same look for less. Thanks for sharing at the Makers!

  11. Nancherrow
    March 14, 2014 at 6:14 am (1 year ago)

    What a simple and great idea! And such a lovely way to add texture and layer to your window treatments without breaking the bank. Would love for you to share at Fridays Unfolded!


    • Ashley Mayes
      March 14, 2014 at 7:36 am (1 year ago)

      Thanks Alison! Coming over to share.

  12. Claire
    March 14, 2014 at 8:13 am (1 year ago)

    Wow- you are a bonafide genius!! My oversized kitchen widow was driving me crazy and all the bamboo shades were too pricey- wound up making roman shades to cover that ugly roll up shade- can’t wait to run to the depot to get some of that fabulous bamboo fencing!!

    • Ashley Mayes
      March 14, 2014 at 8:50 am (1 year ago)

      Thanks Claire! If you end up trying it…let me know. I would love to see it!

  13. Lynnette
    March 14, 2014 at 11:08 pm (1 year ago)

    Love this idea since my windows are too narrow for standard bamboo shades. Did you just have 2 folds? It is hard for me to tell if so does ‘it still give the illusion of a full length shade?

    • Ashley Mayes
      March 15, 2014 at 7:32 am (1 year ago)

      Yes, It has two folds and the hanging flap at the top. It looks like the real deal in person, no one would know that it was a DIY. Hope that helps!

  14. Alexis @ Persia Lou
    March 15, 2014 at 12:20 pm (1 year ago)

    This is super, super smart, and they look great! Nicely done. And I agree, total genius. (Thanks for linking up at The Makers :)

  15. Corinna Ashley [ForMyLoveOf]
    March 15, 2014 at 4:43 pm (1 year ago)

    The whole space is coming together beautifully! Quite the creative solution to “get the look!”

  16. Brandi
    March 15, 2014 at 6:34 pm (1 year ago)

    So clever! You were able to get the look and save a bunch of money!!

    • Ashley Mayes
      March 15, 2014 at 8:28 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks Brandi! Saving money = more projects!

  17. Tami @ Curb Alert!
    March 15, 2014 at 9:58 pm (1 year ago)

    Ashley, Congratulations on a super awesome idea. Love it!

  18. valarie
    March 16, 2014 at 7:40 pm (1 year ago)

    stick’in genius!

  19. Laurie
    March 16, 2014 at 11:28 pm (1 year ago)

    I want bamboo, but I need to be able to move up and down. Do you think it would possible to adhere the bamboo to a roll-up shade?

    • Ashley Mayes
      March 17, 2014 at 7:57 am (1 year ago)

      These won’t move up and down easily. They have wire weaving them together and the wire is pretty stiff. Someone earlier in the comments, asked about a bamboo beach mat. I think that would work much better for being able to move up and down. But, I don’t think the beach mat will give you the look of real bamboo like the fencing does. So, I think it’s probably either/or. Good luck!

  20. Susan
    March 17, 2014 at 6:45 pm (1 year ago)

    This is just exactly what I needed!! I have a big, oversize window with working honeycomb shades, but really really wanted the texture and layer of bamboo shades–but I just couldn’t bear to pay the high price when I don’t need them to be working at all. I couldn’t believe it when I saw this post…the perfect solution!

    • Ashley Mayes
      March 17, 2014 at 8:27 pm (1 year ago)

      Susan, I’m happy to hear that it’s going to work for you. It’s funny how sometimes things can just be the perfect timing. Good luck on yours!

  21. Kate
    March 21, 2014 at 3:10 pm (1 year ago)

    Oh my goodness! This looks amazing!!!! I have been eyeing some bamboo shades for my dining room, but couldn’t bring myself to spend $120!!!! Thank you! And P.S. I love that you used the phrase “Holy Mackarel”- my dad always used to say this (and now I do). Too cute!

    • Ashley Mayes
      March 21, 2014 at 8:16 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks Kate! Ha! I don’t know where I get weird sayings like that, but I have lots of them! Thanks for stopping by!

  22. Amber
    April 13, 2014 at 6:52 pm (12 months ago)

    You’re right! This is genius idea!! Thanks so much for a detailed tutorial!!

    • Ashley Mayes
      April 14, 2014 at 1:51 pm (12 months ago)

      Thanks Amber! I would love to see yours if you try it. =)


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