Decorating Old Wooden Windows

Ideas for decorating old wooden windows, for inside and outside use. Advice as suggested by the ThriftyFun community.

Two Creative Ideas In Photos


Here are a couple of ideas for old windows. The cards are all from my children.

By Gintoddy37


Add A "Window" to a Windowless Space

I had a kitchen down in the basement that had no windows. I found an old barn window, enlarged photos I had taken of my flowers, and taped them to the glass so that when the window was hung over the sink I could "look" outside and see my garden! You could also have one photo enlarged at a copy shop and use just one scene, maybe frame a calender.

By Glenn'sMom

Make a Mirror

You could have mirrors cut the size of window panes to use instead of glass. Decorate the frame with silk green garlands. Maybe add a few silk flowers depending on the season of the year.

By Jewellz

Picture Frame

Do you have any posters or blown up pictures to frame? Depending the size, they would make an interesting border. You could also let ivy, plants or vegetables climb them in the garden.


By Rh0286

Make A Blackboard

I bought blackboard paint (you can find it at craft stores or Home Depot) and painted the glass. I use it as a blackboard by my back door. I attached a wooden scrabble letter holder for the chalk.

By RealtorRose

Alternative to Stained Glass

I saw this at a local recycled art fair a few years ago. Broken colored and textured glass arranged in the form of bearded irises and adhered to the glass of an old window. A beautiful alternative to stained glass.

By Gardener

May 21, 20080 found this helpful

I saw the neatest idea at an art show years ago and it was so striking I've not forgotten it. The artist had painted a picture of her grandfather as she had seen him so often... walking to the house from the barn, carrying a pail of milk in each hand. She put this behind an old screen door as if she were seeing him from inside the house. It seems it would also work with an old wooden window. If I could paint, I'd like to do something like that... it reminded me of many visits to Grandpa's farm.

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May 21, 20080 found this helpful

My friend Gwen gave me some things of her mother's who had passed away. She asked me to make a picture using these keepsakes for her to save in remembrance of her. I used turn clips nailed to the frame and foam board for the back so she could take the back off and remove items anytime. I put old yellowed newspaper down before placing others items on top. There was a pin that spelled "Mother", a mustard seed necklace she always wore, a card explaing the meaning of a mustard seed for good luck, a mothers poem, her eye glasses, a favorite bracelet, her church gloves, a black and white copy of a picture of her working in her kitchen peeling potatoes, a hankie, a corsage, a rose she saved, and a poem someone had written about her when she passed. Gwen was very thrilled with the results. It made me happy to see her tears of joy.

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May 21, 20080 found this helpful

I painted a wooden six window pane from the 40's using the One Stroke Painting technique. I have placed this on one of my walls without a window in the room.

My favorite surface is glass. There are wonderful glass paints out there such as Folkart Enamels, Decoart Glossies, Liquitex Glossies and Pebeo paints. All 3 brands make painting on glass and even mirrors a lot of fun. What a wonderfully inexpensive way to make a boring plain surface new again.

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November 1, 20080 found this helpful

I've been working with old barn wood, wood windows, and doors, and other western stuff. Saw your site here and was impressed...very nice work.

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