Creative Possibilities of Old Windows

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By MOTHER EARTH NEWS EDITORS
December/January 2019

What do you do if you have some old windows or picture frames, possess no artistic ability, and yet harbor a desire to create a beautiful piece of unique repurposed art?

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After a thorough barn and basement cleaning, this was my dilemma. I looked through countless ideas on the web, and quickly came to the conclusion that some very talented, creative people are out there, but I’m not one of them. I also realized that tracing and coloring is something anyone, even myself, can successfully accomplish, so I finally had a project on my hands. With a short list of materials and a few easy steps, I made those old windows and frames new again. You can find printable patterns for projects like this one free online. Resize them on a copy machine if necessary.



  • Glass-paned picture frame or window
  • Stencil pattern sized to fit your glass
  • Fine-point paint markers in black and your choice of other colors
  • Clear tape
  • Clear multipurpose glue (for picture frame)

Directions: If using a picture frame for this project, disassemble and clean the glass and frame. Make sure to remove any staples, nails, or glazing points used to hold the glass in place. If you’re using a window, simply clean the panes.




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