How I Used Old Holiday Cards and Windows to Create Wall Art

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I have had these old windows sitting in my garage for the better part of a year that I found in the trash! When I saw them, I just new I could use them for something beautiful.

But first I needed to clean them up. I liked the rustic look but these windows were absolutely filthy.

I started by scrapping what a could of the old paint. Then I used a orbital sander to sand as much of the frame. Finally I used a corner sander to get in between each pane.

I didn't worry to much about getting every speck of paint off since I did want a rustic look.

After I sanded what I could. I used soapy water and a brush to clean the windows as best I could and finally windex and paper towel.

I don't know about you, but I save all of our holiday cards and thought this was a perfect way to frame all of them over the years.

I laid them all out on the now clean windows, I decided to do one horizonal and one vertical.

Then I used a little tape in each corner and pressed it down into the glass.

I love having all our memories displayed instead of laying in a drawer somewhere.

If you have been following me for a while, you may recognize this mantle! This was a DIY too!

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  • Sherry Sherry on Apr 29, 2021

    are the photos placed behind the glass or on top of the glass? What did you use to secure the photos in place? Using old windows to display you photos is very inspiring.

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  • Janice Janice on Jan 16, 2022

    Great project.

    Be careful have put personal info out there, on one of the cards. Can never be too cautious.

    • Lisarae Lisarae on Apr 30, 2022

      They’d have to be in her house to get the information off the card. Too late then.

  • Diana Deiley Diana Deiley on Apr 30, 2022

    Grat idea, awesome job. Thanks for sharing with all of us.