13 Creative Old Window Ideas • The Budget Decorator
If you are looking for creative charm in your DIY projects, that’s easy – use old windows! There is something about windows with history that make us feel nostalgic… And let’s face it, they don’t make ’em like they used to! Whenever I use old window ideas in a project, I picture the family that lived in the home (a simpler time, of course!) looking out those windows during good times and bad, much as I do… to connect with the outside world, to appreciate the beauty of the first snowfall, to watch their kids play, to wish for brighter days or be thankful for the ones they have had… Yes, I know, corny. But that’s why I am so drawn to historical things… it’s the people behind them.
So lets look at some DIY projects with old windows you can do yourself, or get inspiration for your own original project! And maybe, just maybe, your window once looked out at a loved one returning from war, or at a beau coming to court who then became a spouse of 75 years, or…
Old Window Ideas
Create an industrial DIY bulletin board with a repurposed window with this easy tutorial from ‘Grillo Designs‘. Simple project any beginner DIY’er can tackle, and so cute! This would go great in a farmhouse style kitchen.
The easiest way to use an old window is to just… use it! Sarah from ‘Little Vintage Nest‘ uses these pretty old windows as decor, just leaning on her mantel. No nailing, no glueing, no work at all…
This old window picture frame tutorial by ‘The Hamby Home‘ is just what I was talking about… charm! Remember what I was saying about looking through the window at another persons life? Make it yours you look at!
Not all these projects hang on the wall! This DIY old window coffee table from ‘Marty’s Musings‘ really caught our eye. I would love to put in memorabilia from our wedding, or from a favorite trip into this giant window box frame. What a conversation piece!
This is a mantel design by Lucy from ‘Craftberry Bush‘… You have to check out all the inspiration at her site! This old window frame decorating idea is just leaning it against the wall and using it as a focal point…
Also from Lucy, don’t miss her window pane hanging garden project! Isn’t this amazing? We can’t get enough of these old window ideas!
Love this repurposed window decor from ‘Taryn Whiteaker‘. She used this to make a fall inspired piece, but you can use her tutorial to customize any look you want!
Old Window Crafts
Got some leftover pretty wrapping paper? Find an old window frame, and you can make this vintage window dry erase board from ‘Lolly Jane‘!
From ‘Apartment Therapy‘, these old windows were used by this couple as wall art. I love this look! It could work well in almost any style home, from traditional, to modern to transitional.
From ‘Makezine‘, this DIY hanging herb garden is made from an old window screen, but it could just as easily be made from two window frames with the glass removed… Talk about vintage charm in the garden!
This DIY antique headboard from the ‘Liz Marie Blog‘ is inspiring… She has a complete tutorial for you on how she made this window frame craft. Love it!
Use this old window idea to make a chalkboard weekly planner… By ‘BHG‘. Simple!
Our last one is a pretty leaded window hanging within a window… and it is gorgeous enough to end up in the pages of ‘Kitchen and Bath Magazine’! From ‘Vintage Simple Home‘… I’ll say it again…Gorgeous window frame decorating idea!
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Image Credits: Craftberry Bush, Grillo Designs, Little Vintage Nest, The Hamby Home, Marty’s Musings, Craftberry Bush, Taryn Whiteaker, Lolly Jane, Apartment Therapy, Makezine, Liz Marie, BHG, Vintage Simple Home