The MacGyver Files: Matchstick Blinds
Just as television's MacGyver could save the day with a roll of duct tape, a bent paperclip, and a stick of gum, so can you solve your decorating challenges with a bit of creativity and a small set of tools.
Issue: I needed a privacy screen of some sort for a narrow louver window in my bathroom that faces onto my neighbor's balcony
Solution: Table-runner "matchstick blinds"
Materials: 1 bamboo table runner, 2 suction-cup hooks, fishing line
The window in question is only about 12 inches wide, so too narrow for store-bought blinds or shades (but definitely wide enough for my neighbors to get a free show). In addition, my über-modern rental house has concrete walls that make it almost impossible to mount hanging hardware.
I decided that something the width of a standard table runner would be about right, so found a great one (for $6.99!) made of woven bamboo sticks that would let some light in while still shading me from the neighbors.
I cut the runner in half, using the strings that wove the bamboo together to tie off the ends so that it wouldn't unravel. I looped a length of fishing line around the top stick, then hung my creation from the "ceiling" (which, as you can see, is a skylight) a few inches in front of the window to allow for opening the louvers. Bye-bye, neighbors.
Another job well done, MacGyver!