I love to decorate and I especially love to decorate with treasures that my husband, a construction worker, brings home from the job. He spoils me with old wooden windows, shutters and on occasion, wooden doors.
I hoard them all, thinking of all the craft projects I’ll create with them. And that’s about as far as I get.
I think about what to do with them. But when I got my new
But when I got my new Cricut Explore Air™, I knew right away. I would use the old wooden windows as a picture frame for my vacation photos and I’d decorate them with a corresponding quote.
It took me a bit of time (much longer than it should have), but I figured it out and I love the result.
Want to see what I made?
You’ll have to keep reading because I’m not giving it away that easily.
How to Upcycle Old Wooden Windows and Turn them into Vacation Keepsakes
- Find an old wooden window.
This is easy for me. As I mentioned, my husband is a contractor so he’s a great source. For everyone else, check Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore if you have one nearby and browse the for sale ads on Craigslist. Another option is to shop at thrift and Ohio antiques stores, but they are typically a bit more expensive. You can expect to pay anywhere from $5 to $45 depending on the type of window and the market you’re in.
- Clean your window.
This is self-explanatory, but what you may not realize is that some older windows may have lead paint and there is no way to know for sure unless they have been tested (at which point the windows should have been taken to a landfill if they tested positive). To protect yourself, make sure you wear a face mask if you need to sand off any loose paint.
- Measure the glass opening of your window and order a photo to fit it.
I selected a photo that I took of my husband walking through the redwoods last year when we road tripped to Oregon and California.
- Next, I looked for a quote to use on the glass of the window. I didn’t find what I was looking for so I used my own.
- Open the Cricut Design Space and sign in.
- Click on “Start a New Project”.
- Create your design or lettering.
I watched most of this video on YouTube to learn how to create my own vinyl lettering. I should have watched all of it because I missed a super helpful step that would have saved me a TON of time.
The most time-consuming aspect was choosing which fonts to use. There are many free Cricut Fonts to choose from but I finally selected Plantin SchoolBook- Tall Ball and Solfee Lettering- Eleanor Engraved which were both available for $3.33 each. I now own those fonts and can use them repeatedly.
- After my design was lined up the way I wanted, I pressed the green GO button at the top of my screen to cut my project and pressed the GO button on my Cricut.
- Peel the vinyl away from the letters and complete the step I missed.
Peeling the vinyl away was easy, what I failed to do was use my transfer tape. Duh. This is the all-important-step I missed from the video. It would have made adding my letters to my window a breeze! I added them piece by piece and it was a pain-in-the-you-know-what. Next time, I’ll remember to use the transfer tape. It would have made the project come together so much faster.
- Add your photo.
My photo was a little bit too large so I cut it down to fit the space. To secure the photo, I cut a piece of cardboard to fit snugly on the back of the photo.
I love the way my project turned out. It was a bit time consuming since I didn’t finish watching the video I shared and I failed to realize how transfer tape works. That would have sped up my crafting time and would have lined up my letters exactly how I had designed them. As it is, my letters are a teeny bit off, but I can live with it as it’s my first, designed-by-me project.
Materials Needed to Complete this Project:
An Old Window
A Favorite Photo, Enlarged to fit your window
Cricut Explore Air™ machine
Cricut® 12×12 StandardGrip Adhesive Cutting Mat
Cricut White Vinyl
Cricut Basic Tools Set
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