One of my readers and old classmates, Danielle, contacted me a few months ago about helping her create a wedding present for her soon to be husband, Josh. Danielle had found a picture of a decor item she wanted to make on Pinterest, but it was only the picture, there was no tutorial. She asked me if my crafty know-how could assist her in making something similar. They just got married in June, so as soon as Danielle got the wedding photos back, we got to work. Now I’m happy to share with all of you the tutorial on how to make this window pane wall decor to display your photographs.
This is the photo Danielle wanted me to emulate.
Paint Window Color
Danielle wanted a white window pane, but the one I found at an antique store that was the right size, was the wrong color. We prepared, primed, and painted the window, turning it from green to white. Learn the painting process here.
After sanding off the loose paint and scraping out the old caulking
We used green frog tape
to cover the glass pane with newspaper to protect it from the painting process. This also ensured we got a straight paint line on the wooden frame.
After priming, we began painting. We did two coats of white paint. Then we removed the newspaper and tape and moved on to hanging hardware.
Attach Hanging Hardware
New Caulking & Hardware
Trace & Paint Words for Quote
I had the idea to write the words on the front of the window pane in dry erase marker. That way, we could flip it over and trace the quote with paint. I must have rewrote it ten times to get it straight, centered, and looking how I wanted it. It worked great and the dry erase just wiped off when we were done!
We used white acrylic craft paint and small paint brushes to trace the words on backwards (so it would display the correct way). This took patience and a good length of time. The quote was from the bible, “I have found the one whom my soul loves” Song of Solomon 3:4.
The very last step was to attach the photographs. I couldn’t think of a better way to attach them than mod podge adhesive. Although, I think this adhesive left a slight fogginess to the photos. If you want to make this project, you should look for an adhesive made for attaching photographs so that the photo quality isn’t disturbed by the glue.
So basically we covered the front of the photograph in mod podge with a fan paint brush and stuck it face down where we wanted it on the pane. Then we used a flat caulking tool (you could use a credit card) to smooth out the excess glue and eliminate air bubbles. Start in the middle of the photograph and press the flat tool firmly down and scrape it out towards the edges of the photo. Wipe away excess glue.
Here is the finished project!
Can you believe this…
…turned into this!?
This was a great opportunity Danielle gave me to help her with something so special to her heart. Congratulations to Danielle and Josh on their marriage! I know I’m wishing them all the happiness of a long life together and hoping this wedding present on their wall will be a constant reminder of the love they share.
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