The more I saw of those repurposed window frames, the more I wanted one.
Having browsed the local charity/ thrift stores for some time I knew I wasn’t going to be picking up a window frame anytime soon, which left me with 1 option, make my own!
Whilst I doubt I have a career in window frame making, I’m beyond impressed with how this turned out. Other than my boys, this is my most favourite thing I have made!
If you fancy having ago at making your own window frame here’s how I did it.
Everything I used I had to hand, not a penny was spent, woohoo!
The cross bit in the middle, sorry don’t know what it’s called, is actually a spare part from the boys tree house.
The frame part is made from the wooden supports which made up part of the packaging from our new cooker, using a mitre saw I cut the wood to size, the horizontal pieces I cut at 57cm and the vertical pieces at 53cm.
I laid the pieces out and used some wood glue to attach the pieces together I then got a little ‘staple happy’ with my trusty staple gun.
Using short lengths of cotton twill tape, I stretched the pieces over each joint section. I used the staple gun to secure the tape which attached the frame pieces without the need for nails; I wasn’t sure how the wood would survive nails!
I whacked in a couple of extra staples, not just because I love the ‘pop’ of the staple gun, here and there.
Once I was happy with the structure of the frame I gave the whole thing a coat of paint.
Once this was dry I used my palm sander to sand it down.
I almost left it like this!
I then applied some Folk Art Stains Oak, I have to say the idea of paying for something which I have to apply then wipe off seams wrong, but this stuff actually worked great! I love how it seeped into the sanded areas and has highlighted the grain in the wood.
Once it was all dry I flipped it over and used my trusty staple gun once again to attach the cross bit to the actual frame!
I knew I didn’t want to use glass, too dangerous with my darling terrors, so I found my stash of acetate sheets; I have a couple with various patterns on and chose two to put in opposite sections of the window.
One with pink swirly things, which remind me of flowers, this I put in the bottom right corner and in the top left corner I used a sheet which had some green swirly bits going for the grassy tree look here!
In the other two sections I used clear sheets, all 4 are attached using the staple gun and trimmed where necessary.
Using 4 dinky pegs, hot glue, bakers twine and some triangles cut out of card I made some bunting which I strung across the top right panel. To give the flags a bit of ‘oomph’ I used sticky pads to give the fronts and back together.
I wanted to incorporate some of my favourite song lyrics, these are the ones I find inspirational and make me smile,
‘Don’t Worry be Happy’
‘Singin’ in the Rain’
I’m going to add to them and change them over every few days, at the moment I have just tucked them in the side of the frame, not too sure how to attach them in a non permanent way!
So here is my 'refashioned window frame' just goes to show if you can't find something, try making your own!
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