Saturday, November 13, 2010

Old Window made Picture Frame

I found several old window frames on Craigslist.  A guy was remodeling a house (flipping it I think), and just wanted them gone, quickly.  I ended up buying three.  I figured I could make something out of them....

I googled, I searched, I pondered, and combined several ideas to make them into what they are now.  I love them, and wish I had bought several more when I had the chance.  Somehow the three that I had have already been spoken for, as Christmas Presents.

First, I used a razor blade to clean up the paint on the glass

Since the integrity of the window no longer mattered, and at some point every pane had been caulked on the outside, and stripped that off too.  (Be careful! It's really easy to break the glass when doing this... trust me-I know!).  This isn't necessary, but I found out that by cleaning up this caulk, I could get better placement of the paper (because this is the side you mod podge the paper to). 

Clean, clean, clean... I love the blue stuff!

Cut your paper to get it to fit

(see how without the caulk, it fits in there almost perfectly!)

By using a spong brush, it makes for nice even coat. 

Make sure you get the mod podge everywhere, so the paper sticks good.

I usually smooth out the glue, it makes me feel better

Press your paper on from one side to the other, doing your best to smooth out bubbles... but let's face it, bubbles happen

I used the edge of my (chipped) razor blade, to pop the bubble and let the air out. 

This is the completed one for my Mom

I'm eventually going to make the magnets pretty, but for now, they are a black dot...
I was going to put a strip of magnet on the back, but they weren't strong enough, so I just put another magnet circle on the back, so they hold on to each other through the glass.
The paper choices up close for my Mom's

My second one, for my best friend.  She picked the paper to match her living room colors.

I love the stripes!

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  1. Those are beautiful. I tried to do that with quilting and it sucked...your idea is way better, and easier than trying to quilt when I am not a quilter...I love the colours in the first one...very very darling.

  2. This is really sweet! Excellent job!
    You should come link this up to my weekly Thursday Making It With Allie Link Party! I think it would make a Fabulous addition!

  3. These are awesome! What a great idea!!!!

  4. this is gorgeous! I've been looking for an old window forever! the possibilities! Love what you did here. KUDOS to yoU!

  5. Love it! I have one very similar, and love some old window projects. THanks for linking to SFS! -shaunna :)

  6. Hi! Love this project- what a steal of a deal. I love Craigs ;)

    Found you through my little site and just want to wish you the BEST of luck on your adoption journey. We finalize with our 5 month old adopted son THIS WEEKEND!!! We've been married for 7 years and he is such a blessing. Adoption is amazing. Hang in there!! :)

  7. SO cute! How did you get the magnets to stay...???