Christmas will be here before I know it and even though I already have most of my gifts made for this year, I’m always on the prowl for new ideas.
I see old windows at flea markets and thrift stores and always wondered what else I could do with them, besides making an excellent cold frame box for my plants to bask under in the early spring.
Here is a collection of fantastic links with great ideas on what to use those old window frames for, whether they are single or multi-paned. After checking out these sites, I bet you won’t see an old window as “just a window”!
Jewelry Rack – The Borrowed Abode
This is a great way to display all your jewelry for not only easy storage, but also to be able to see every piece at once. You could either leave the panes empty and allow the wall behind the frame to show through or put sheets of patterned paper in each pane, as suggested by the tutorial for this project. I hang my earrings on an old metal rack out of a discarded toaster oven. I bet it would fit perfectly inside an empty window pane like the ones on the jewelry display on this site. Hmmm…I feel a project coming on!
Wallpaper Art – Crafty Nest
For a tasteful piece of wall art, this site walks you through making a wall-hanging using an old window frame with multiple panes and some lovely pieces of wallpaper. The great thing about wallpaper is that it comes in a variety of shades and patterns that can easily be changed if you decide to re-do the room in a new style or change the location of your wall-hanging.
Art Frames – What Amber Loves
I loved this idea of using old window frames with multiple panes as frames for individual works of art. This would have been fantastic to have when my son was little and constantly giving me little pictures he drew and painted. I think it’d be neat to use this project to hang a different piece of art from multiple years of a child’s life. It’d be fun to see the change in details over the years in a single glance.