DIY Window Pane for First Birthday

I love DIY projects because you learn as you go and it seems there is no right or wrong way to do them, just the way you like.

So I bought a 12 pane window from Tony Oliver, a local carpenter who makes beautiful furniture and reclaims old wood. You can follow Tony's Wood Shop on Facebook here. I had been lusting over window panes at a local furniture consignment shop, but I knew the 12 panes would be perfect for the project I had in mind.

My DIY project.....

Gabriel's first year, where every window pane has a picture of each month.

 12 pane window before cleaning

12 pane window before cleaning

First, I cleaned the window. Tony informed me that the window was probably over 100 years old. It has that weathered and aged look that you can't fake. I washed it with some good ole Mr.Clean, who I am secretly in love with. My mom and I joke about it because I really do love Mr.Clean products the best.

While cleaning it I was able to distinguish the front from the back, or the good side and the bad side. I also windexed the windows obviously! Here you get an idea of the good side and the bad side.

I then stuck Velcro sticky dots to all four corners of the picture and stuck it to the pane. I read a lot about different materials you can use for sticking the pictures and there are a lot of options. I did read, however, that the glue dots tend to fall off more easily. 

Here is the final masterpiece! I have yet to hang it, but tony has suggested wire, like when you hang a framed piece of artwork.

So here are the supplies needed for this project:

  1. Window pane- any amount of panes
  2. Velcro sticky dots
  3. Photographs - 4 x 6 or depends on pane size
  4. Cleaning supplies
  5. Hanging supplies- if you chose to

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