Window Frame DIY

FullSizeRender (4)I don’t know if it’s my obsession with Fixer Upper or Pinterest, but I’m all about modern farmhouse décor these days. Unfortunately this obsession began about 8 years too late because my house is already decorated and not “farm housie” at all.

A couple weeks ago when I was taking a walk around the block with the kids I hit the mother load. Someone was getting rid of 2 old 6-pane windows! I was so excited. I tried to think of ways I could balance them on the stroller and finish our walk because I was afraid if I didn’t take them right away, some other DIY-er would snatch ’em up. I obviously couldn’t pull that off because they’re pretty big and heavy, so I called my dad (who was on his way over anyway) and asked him to scoop them up for me. He’s good like that.

Initially I thought I’d put 6 different photos in each space but I changed my mind. I decided to pick just one photo from our wedding and then we could hang it above our bed since our room is seriously lacking in the decoration department.

So here’s what I did…

  1. Measure the length and width of the glass portion of the window. Mine was 24″x32″.
  2. Order your poster print- since they don’t make photos in that particular size, I just ordered one that was 24″x36″ and figured it’d be easy to cut off the extra width. I ordered from Vistaprint and it was surprisingly cheap- $13. Not too shabby!
  3. Clean the window- since I’m going for a rustic look I really didn’t have to do much other than wipe the frame clean and Windex the glass. FullSizeRender (2)
  4. Lay the photo up against the glass and measure and trim off the excess.IMG_5780
  5. Next, I took a piece of thick scrapbook paper I happened to have and cut it to fit inside one window pane. This became my tracer that I would use to cut my poster into 6 sections.IMG_5781
  6. Lay the poster face down on a flat surface and use your tracer to cut the correct size.
  7. I wanted to account for the wooden strips going across the window so the photo would look seamless. Each strip was about 1.5 cm wide, so I measure 1.5 cm on my poster and cut the strip out.
  8. Continue using the tracer to measure and cut the next 5 pieces, making sure to account for the wooden strips as you go.
  9. Next, I wanted to add cardboard to the back of each window pane to ensure the photo would lay flat. I happened to have a big cardboard box, so I used my tracer and an x-acto knife to cut out 6 pieces. If you don’t have an x-acto knife, I’m sure a good pair of scissors would work just as well. IMG_6221
  10. Put the photos and cardboard in each section. Tape it to the wood to hold in place. Preferably with a thick, heavy duty tape. FullSizeRender (3)
  11. Now obviously since this was an old window and not a picture frame there are no hooks. That’s when you call your handy man, or in my case- my dad lol, and ask him to help you out. He happened to have some hooks at home and attached them for me.

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That’s it! I thought it’d be more complicated than it turned out to be and I LOVE the results! I’m going to use the other window on my family room wall. For that one I think I’ll try 6 different photos and use it as a collage frame. Eventually I’m going to have the farmhouse of my dreams…one piece at a time! 😉

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