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    Cherry tree blossom: revamping old roller shades

    Roller shades have become a customary part of our homes. Thanks to the huge variety of textures and sizes, they can be easily adjusted to fit into our interior environments. And, should you make some changes to your interior design (I did), you can easily transform them, let’s say, by adding an oriental touch – a cherry tree blossom to remind you of the first rays of sunshine. For this tutorial, I’ll be using a design found on the Internet. I’ll alter it a bit, then cut it out using ScanNCut, and after that add some finishing touches with the help of a stencil.


    • Two pieces of roller shade material to fit your windows + fittings or two ready roller shades 30 cm wide.
    • ScanNCut machine.
    • Standard mat, 30 or 60 cm long, depending on the size of your design.
    • A piece of paper large enough to fit your stencil.
    • White craft glue.
    • Fabric paints (I used acrylic).
    • A sponge (or a paintbrush).
    • A design.

    First, I made some changes to the picture I found (a cherry tree branch) in Canvas Workspace (the former ScаnNCutCanvas). You’ll need 2 files, one for making a stencil, and another one for cutting the roller shade.

    Open the image in your Canvas Workspace, go to Image Tracing, and press Color–Preview–OK.

    Canvas Workspace Image Tracing window

    Canvas Workspace Project Cherry Blossom

    Select all objects, right-click and press Group. Save the result to a USB flash drive. This is our file No1. We’ll use it to create a stencil.

    Canvas Workspace Group Objects

    Now, we proceed to the pattern for the shade. We’ll only need those objects that are going to be cut. Select all stems on the image and press Delete. Only the flowers should be left. This is our file No2. We’ll use it to cut the roller shade.

    Canvas Workspace Delete Objects

    Canvas Workspace Cherry Flowers Project

    Select all objects, right-click and press Group. Save the result to USB flash drive.

    Canvas Workspace Cherry Flowers Group

    (In order for the patterns on the shades to differ slightly, I deleted several flowers on the bottom and saved them into a separate file).

    Let’s prepare our roller shades.

    I cut 30 cm from each piece of fabric, thus getting two shades 30 cm wide (because my cutting mat is 30 cm wide). Metallic tubes on top and bottom of every shade should be filed with a mill file. Slide the bottom hem of the shade from the metal tube and detach the cardboard strip.

    Two roller shades prepared for cutting

    Roller shade cardboard strip

    Or, you may use a couple of existing roller shades, 30 cm wide each. In that case, you’ll only need to de-tube them and remove the strips.

    Secure the bottom edge of the shade to the mat and do the test cut. (Blade length 5, pressure 4. Other values may be used, depending on the material your roller shade is made of).

    Roller shade triangular cut

    Open file No2 in ScanNCut. Now let’s alter the design a bit: first invert it, then check the size and placement. Cut out your pattern and unpeel it from the mat.

    Roller shade on ScanNCut cutting mat

    Roller shade secured

    Cherry flowers cut on roller shade

    Repeat with the second roller shade. Change the size and placement of the design and cut.

    Second roller shade secured on ScanNCut mat

    Cherry blossoms cut on roller shade

    Apply some white craft glue to the wrong side of the narrow parts to give them additional strength. After the glue dries, it won’t be visible.

    White craft glue on narrow parts of cut roller shade

    Cut out a paper stencil, using file No1. Blade length 4, pressure 0.

    Piece of paper on ScanNCut mat

    Paper stencil made on ScanNCut

    Align your stencil with the pattern on the shade and secure it with pieces of an adhesive tape.

    To be on the safe side, I also taped over the flowers, to prevent the paint from getting there. Squeeze the paint onto the paper, dip your paintbrush/sponge into it and start tapping on the openings in the stencil.

    Paper stencil secured with adhesive tape

    Acrylic fabric paint on paper

    Painting sponge and stencil

    Paint drying on roller shades

    It will take approximately 5 hours for the paint to dry. After that, take away your stencil, attach strips of cardboard to the bottom parts of the shades and insert metallic tubes.

    Dirty stencil and roller shade with dry paint

    Metallic tube on roller shade

    Roller shade with sakura branch

    Attach fittings to the narrow shades and put them up.

    Roller shade holder and fittings

    Hopefully, this will add a bit of sunshine into your winter homes.

    Roller shades with cherry tree branches

    Roller shades with sakura branches at night

    The idea for the decoration in this tutorial was found on the Internet.

    Original text by Maria Bespalova

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