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.

"I have found the one whom my soul loves" old window pane wall decorThis 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.

Old vintage window pane painted green

Before picture

    Sanded window pane wall decor, preparing for repainting & refinishing

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.
Use green frog tape to get a cleaner paint line than regular blue painters tape.
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

We added new acrylic caulking to replace the stuff we had chipped out earlier. This ensures the window glass stays in its frame. Learn how to fully refurbish an old window here. Then we nailed two picture frame hanging hardware to the back of the window frame for displaying our finished project on a wall.
Painting window frame white

New Caulking & Hardware

Picture hanging hardware used to wall mount an old window pane

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!
         The secret to painting on glass! Write on one side in dry erase marker, flip over and trace with paint.
Write on glass with dry erase marker, then flip it over and paint on your stencil. When you're done, wipe away the dry erase and voila! That's how you write on a glass window pane!
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.

Attach Photographs

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.

Attach photographs to glass with mod podge adhesive

 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!
DIY Window Pane wall Decor Photo Tutorial
Can you believe this…
Sanded window pane wall decor, preparing for repainting & refinishing
…turned into this!?   DIY Window Pane wall Decor Complete Photo Tutorial
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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Old Window Pane Wall Decor

8 thoughts on “Old Window Pane Wall Decor

  • October 2, 2015 at 1:37 AM

    Your a young woman like my old heart. Keep up the good work both family and hobbies.

  • October 6, 2015 at 1:05 PM

    When you attached the burlap with mod podge, did it dry clear? Or was it hazy/white?

    • October 6, 2015 at 1:33 PM

      I’m assuming you meant photograph, not burlap. Yes the mod podge dried a little hazy white, as you can see in the picture. My classmate who I was making this with didn’t seem to mind, but I think if I were doing this project for myself, I would use an adhesive made for photographs. Thanks for leaving your question!

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  • December 24, 2016 at 6:41 PM

    I guess I’m just going to comment on every post! I love this project! It’s one of my favorite scriptures paired with reclaimed goodnesss. Fave x 2!! Have to say, though, I was loving that window after it was scraped before it was painted white. Not every one goes for grunge, though! Love it!

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