DIY Cathedral Window Frame (Cut Your Own!)

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For the cost of a piece of plywood and leftover paints, you can make your own "Fixer Upper inspired" gothic cathedral window. I embrace farmhouse elements that blend well with my decor and the cathedral window frames that are so popular are one of those "must-have farmhouse elements" that I can’t stop thinking about. Figuring out how to measure on a curve was the tricky part. Once we designed the window by measuring it out on the wood itself, the rest was a breeze.

Our design is reversible - you can any color you want on both sides! Just purchase our pattern from our store and you instantly receive a PDF that will need to be sent to a local copy/print store to print and enlarge.

PATTERN 1:  Small Gothic Window Frame Pattern 22" x 40". Once you purchase YOU RECEIVE A PDF that can be enlarged at a print shop. You cut out the paper pattern, trace onto wood, then use a jigsaw to cut.

PATTERN 2:  Large Cathedral Window Frame Pattern 44" x 46". Once you purchase YOU RECEIVE A PDF that can be enlarged at a print shop. You cut out the paper pattern, trace onto wood, then use a jigsaw to cut.


A PDF DOWNLOAD. You then send the PDF to a local print shop where they can enlarge it (around $9 or less). We created this pattern since so many people wanted to make their own. Since he already had it drawn in CAD, we turned it into a pattern for Hometalkers icon


Call a local print shop to have your PDF enlarged (we suggest Staples or similar store). Since this is a custom order, you will need to speak to the print tech directly. After speaking with a print technician, we suggest that you bring the PDF into the store on a thumb drive to talk about your enlarging options.

Request black and white engineering prints. The cost should be approximately $5.00 for each print.  

You then cut out the enlarged paper PDF, trace onto your wood, and cut with a jigsaw.

Then I smoothed the edges by sanding all the sides. The large window took about 2 hours to cut.

FINISHING OPTIONS (Create a reversible finish) 

If you use plywood, you can finish both sides to create a reversible finish. In my example, I stained ALL sides (front and back) with Early American stain from Varathane.


Overtop of the Early American, I used white wax to give it a lighter look.


The whitewashed side has the heavier application of Annie Sloan White wax over the stain.


When you turn it over, this side is stained with Early American stain with only a very light brushing of white wax.

Let us know if you need coaching on how to finish your piece, or with cutting. We are happy to help! Below is a video demonstrating HOW TO ENLARGE TO MAKE A HEADBOARD icon

icon How Rick and Wanda used our pattern to make a KING headboard

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  • Loretta Knorr Loretta Knorr on Mar 22, 2019

    can you make it larger?

  • Donna Donna on Jun 21, 2019

    What type of plywood did you use?

  • Anita Anita on Sep 27, 2019

    When I click on the link for the cathedral arch pdf, I get "This shop doesn't have a website yet. If you're the store owner, you can log in here." Can you help with this?

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  • Sharron Bennett Sharron Bennett on Mar 23, 2019

    Thanks for sharing and that is just so beautiful and I want to make one.

  • Joanie Joanie on Mar 23, 2019

    Wow!.........with some frosted glass or some kind of glass would be so beautiful.......something I would give to my church!! It is lovely!!