What to do to old window pane hanging on porch

by Aggie
I really do like this look, but I feel it needs something else besides the window. It just looks a bit bare all by itself up there. I would love to get some ideas as to what I could put there to add that special little touch. Ideas??
I put up this old window over my porch railing this morning, but would like to add something else with it.
  19 answers
  • Debbie Harris Debbie Harris on Aug 21, 2014
    It looks great! But you could paint a scene on the window. Check out my blog about painted windows at www.autumnaire.blogspot.com
    • Aggie Aggie on Aug 21, 2014
      @Debbie Harris Thank you Debbie! I stopped by your blog and saw your painted window. You are very talented, and your window looks great. I am definitely not a painter....no talent whatsoever, so that idea goes out the window, (no pun intended) ;-) Anyway, I kind of wanted to still be able to see through it as it looks out onto my front yard. I mostly want to decorate around it some way. Thank you for taking the time to offer your suggestion.
  • T Vaughn T Vaughn on Aug 21, 2014
    I did the same thing this summer and was thinking the same thing about mine. I hung mine a little higher with thoughts of making a window box to go under it, maybe one above too. I'm going to make the window box hang on t's own chain though so it won't be too heavy. But where yours is hanging ,a window box on your railing below it would be pretty.
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    • Aggie Aggie on Aug 22, 2014
      @T Vaughn I understand about having things around the yard that ruin a photo. I have two large piles of fallen limbs and brush that seem to get into my photos. Hopefully I can get rid of them soon. I would be happy to see your window if and when you want to post it. I love seeing what others do with their projects. Since I haven't seen yours yet, I can't say if it is too high or not, but I tried to put mine at around eye level. It seems to look right that way. Thanks for letting me know that you will show your photo next spring.
  • Cathy Murphy Cathy Murphy on Aug 21, 2014
    I have one that I am going to glue glass stones on and then hang it. I've heard not to use hot glue because the sun would melt it and the stones would fall off. I used clear silicone on a jar that sits outside all the time and so far no loose stones.
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    • Bernice H Bernice H on Dec 25, 2014
      @Cathy Murphy this is absolutely super cool!!! I am a gemoholic..if you will. I have used picture frames from dollar store, glass is real fragile, but this is so cool. @Aggie have you figured out what to do? or did? Even in no sun..it would look very pretty and interesting. Maybe string some itty bitty lights behind it?
  • Donna Byram Donna Byram on Aug 21, 2014
    I would paint the window frame a different color. Since you have some pretty red flowers nearby, paint it red. Also if you like the idea of painting something on the glass panes as suggested by Debbie Harris, you can always use stencils and glass paint. I'm not an artist either, but stencils are easy as coloring in the lines.
    • Aggie Aggie on Aug 22, 2014
      @Donna Byram Stencils are a good idea since I don't paint, but it would have to be something simple, as I still want to be able to see through the glass. I will have to look into that. I think I want to leave the frame as is though, because I like the look of the old chippy white paint. Will look for stencils next time I go to Hobby Lobby. Thanks for taking the time to respond to my post. :-)
  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Aug 22, 2014
    Painting it a different color would help as would adding some color with clear glass stones and different glass pieces you can pick up. They make small glass pieces like stain glass that can be stuck to a window with a suction cut. Just use silicon to add some pieces...you don't have to go overboard...just a couple of pretty little birds or something. BTW, beautiful flowers!
    • Aggie Aggie on Aug 22, 2014
      @Jeanette S As I told Donna, I think I want to keep the frame with the old, chippy white paint, as I do like that look, but the small glass pieces do sound like a good idea to add some color. A small, hanging stained glass item would definitely add some color. I will keep my eyes open when I'm out at garage sales for something like that. Thank you for the compliment on my flowers. They have done so well this summer since it hasn't been so dry and hot.
  • Sue Peet Sue Peet on Aug 22, 2014
    How about hanging a pretty wreath made of grapevine . You could have a wreath for the different seasons hanging there.
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    • Sue Peet Sue Peet on Aug 26, 2014
      @Aggie I would love to stay in contact with you other than your blog how do I do this? I love to meet new people and once I do enjoy staying in contact with them.
  • Lavende Lavende on Aug 23, 2014
    Air plants would be very cool there. They don't need soil, just the air, and can be attached to the window!
    • Aggie Aggie on Aug 23, 2014
      @Lavende I would have never thought of air plants. This area doesn't get any sunlight, so I wonder if they would grow there. I'll google air plants and read about them. Thanks for the idea!
  • Karen Karen on Nov 07, 2014
    Hang two more that are different sizes. Over lap the edges. Screw them together so they don't bang in the breeze. Different heights.
  • Bette Bette on Nov 07, 2014
    You could drop the window down a bit and screw a small window box to the inside/outside of the window and put in some flowers.
  • Eva Ratliff Eva Ratliff on Nov 09, 2014
    I did see on a fence but think it would work on the windows bottom edge U brackets attached to the wood bottom and small glass vase or beakers slide into place. Than a single bud from some our your beautiful flowers. Also I like the idea of the over lapping with different sized windows and attaching something letting English Ivy grow between them. I have a friend who has done that on the side of her shed. It is really gorgeous.
  • Val Val on Dec 30, 2014
    You could try stained glass paint from the craft store in colours to harmonize with your house and plant material. Even in shade that would add a note of colour to the design.
  • Bette Bette on Dec 30, 2014
    I would paint a design on it flowers, but then again I can paint.
  • Mary Hainer Mary Hainer on Jan 14, 2015
    I love watching Birds. Find some bird feeders with a suction cup and put it on. or cover it with an ivy vine with flowers to attract humming birds..
  • Rhonda Davis Rhonda Davis on Jan 15, 2015
    I really think the wreath idea is great; when I saw your first attempt, it added some whimsy to it. Sort of like a quick turn of the obvious - where one expects to see a wreath on a front door, you have one off to the side on a window pane hanging next to the door. Very clever optical illusion, of sorts. I was going to suggest hanging some brightly colored glass beads on fishing line from top to bottom of porch roof to hand rails or secure a colored bottle or two with thick wire or heavy twine. Perhaps clear bottle or jars hanging with colored water inside - use as a vase or not. You seem to have a very green thumb or two and may consider a climbing or hanging vine. I agree with you about not wanting to block the clear panes of the window.
  • Beth Queen Beth Queen on Jan 15, 2015
    I saw a window like this with flowers painted on it. They were really beautiful, in a arrangement similar to a wild flower garden. I know you said you don't paint, but look at it this way, if you try it and don't like it, you can always just scrape it off and try again. I bet if you try, you will be very surprised and pleased with yourself.
  • Janice Henderson Janice Henderson on Feb 08, 2015
    I also have on of these hanging on my front porch. My porch has a roof line and has fieldstone walls with cement sill. My siding is white and my shutters are a bold rust colour. I have painted my old window frame a bright tangerine colour. Have fun with colour!!
  • Karen Curry-Cole Karen Curry-Cole on Mar 17, 2023

    That's so cute I just bought 3 old windows from the 50's that look like the windows behind your porch I'm doing the same thing on my porch how did you hang it do you have a picture of it finished yet great minds think alike fantastic

  • Mogie Mogie on Apr 03, 2023

    How about adding interest by painting the individual panes different colors?