This woman's collar may look worthy of Elizabethan royalty, but it's made from just a $5 window blind. Along with a multi­-tiered waist ruffle fash­ioned from another blind, it transforms an office ­appropriate outfit into a costume.

How to do it

Part 1

Step 1

To make collar, cut one closed shade to a 16-inch width.

Step 2

Measure 1 inch in from end of folded shade. With knife, cut a 3/4-inch slit through all layers of shade. Thread 5/8-inch ribbon through slit.

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Step 3

Holding ends of ribbon, slowly unfold shade, creating an arc shape, as shown.

Step 4

To make belt, sew snaps onto ends of 4-inch ribbon.

Step 5

Make 5 fan shapes from second shade: Working with closed shade, cut three 12-inch widths. Unfold sections and cut in half. Refold pieces.

Step 6

Wrap center of each folded piece with wire. Pinch top outer edges of shade; pull up so they meet, creating fan shape. Use double-sided tape to hold edges together.

Step 7

Staple fans onto ribbon, in layers: 2 on bottom, 1 in middle, 2 on top.

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Step 8

Place collar around neck, and tie ribbon. To splay fan, pin outer edges of fan to shirt. Snap belt around waist.


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