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 and write on glass.

"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

**CAUTION** If you are sanding old windows, test for lead paint first. Sanding lead paint is toxic and can cause health problems!

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 rewritten it ten times to get it straight, centered, and looking how I wanted it. It worked well because the dry erase marker let me get the design right and easily wiped off as I needed to adjust.
         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 backward (so it would display the correct way). This method 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.

When doing this project again later, I found a great shortcut to make more professional looking writing! Buy this inexpensive window marker to trace your words on the back of the window.

Write on glass with a temporary window marker to decorate old window pane

When you are done tracing your design, simply flip it over and wipe off the dry erase marker.

Trace your design with dry erase marker first, then flip it over and paint, then just wipe off the dry erase marker when done!
The window marker works faster and better than acrylic paint!
The finished window pane "Thankful, grateful, blessed" wall decor Thanksgiving decoration PIN NOW

Attach Photographs

The very last step was to attach the photographs to this window pane wall decor. At the time, 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 buy 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 Window Pane Wall Decor…

Can you believe this…
Sanded window pane wall decor, preparing for repainting & refinishing
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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

12 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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  • October 29, 2017 at 8:51 PM

    I seen in a previous post that you used chalk paint pens. Are these permanent or does it come off easily? I’d like something a little more permanent.

    • October 29, 2017 at 9:18 PM

      If you’re looking for something permanent to write on glass, Sharpie paint pens are the perfect thing. The only thing is, allow dry time and be careful not to smudge! The oil based ones are going to be the most permanent – here’s an affiliate link to my favorite pack of metallic Sharpie paint pens: Otherwise, if you decide you do want something you can redo seasonally, the white window marker I used in my video you saw is this one: While this window marker is temporary, it won’t wipe off easily because you will be displaying the side with the writing behind the glass, against the wall.

      Best of luck to you with this craft!

  • December 12, 2017 at 6:30 PM

    I was saddened to read that you sanded the old green paint. If that window was painted before 1978, it likely had lead in it. Open sanding is the most dangerous method for paint stripping with lead paint. It spreads invisible lead dust everywhere. This toxic dust is easily inhaled by all or ingested by crawling kids putting their hands in their mouths. It can cause irreversible nervous system and brain damage. For such a small stripping project, use non-toxic, “green” chemical strippers. Read for details. PLEASE, PLEASE add a correction to your DIY article on this project.

    • December 12, 2017 at 8:38 PM

      I will add a caution about lead paint Catherine, thank you for your concern!



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