Reclaimed Fence Boards, Silhouette’s and White Paint

Our lovely neighbors took down part of their fence a while back and I was the lucky recipient of the wood. I’ve been inspired by a lot of the silhouette art I’ve been seeing and am very happy with how these turned out!

Since I am incapable of drawing anything other than circles and squares –  I founds some silhouette’s online, sized them and used them to trace a pattern on to the wood. The best way to do this is to cover the back of the printed paper with white chalk, put it on the wood, trace and you have a white outline of whatever you traced and then paint it in.

My daughter Morgan even did the mountain one once the tracing was all done – I love her signature the best.. “MOMO!”

 

Reclaimed Wood Wall art Silhouette

DIY Stained Glass “Mosaic” on an Old Salvaged Window

stained glass window mosaic

I can honestly say, even I was surprised out nice this turned out, I wasn’t sure I’d get the right effect as I was a bit skeptical with glue and thick glass pieces, but I truly love how this turned out! Most of all, I love that 3 of my kids designed this and put thought and time into the project and were able to see this piece of art now hanging as a focal point in our home.

I’ve seen some old windows on Pinterest using old stained glass pieces or any glass pieces for that matter and turned into a great mosaic “stained” glass effect. After doing a bit of research, and having all the kids help design the layout. We cruised through this fun and rewarding project!

Here’s the supplies and steps I took to make our “stained glass” Mosaic on an old window.

Supplies:

  • Old window ( I purchased mine at Earthwise in Sodo Seattle) pick one that looks interesting to you, I liked ones with multiple panes.
  • E6000 glue
  • Glass pieces, bits and bobbles (you can get a great selection of glass pieces at Bedrock industries)
  • Sanded grout
  • Screw Eye Ring (2)
  • Screw hook
  • Sand paper (if you want to sand down the frame at all this is optional)
  • Chain if you want to raise/lower the window after hanging (optional)

Tutorial

Step 1: Clean and Sand as desired on the windows and get the glass as clean as possible. Here is the window the day I found it!

Old window stained glass mosaic

Step 2: Get all your glass bits together and have the kids (or yourself) lay out on the design on the window.  In this project, I had each of the girls get 2 “panes” of glass to decorate.  The kids designed and redesigned many times. The Middle of the window, I did this with Maddy and we decided on a “sun” type of design.

kids working on windows  photo 1

Step 3: Get your E600 glue out and start gluing down all the pieces. This takes a bit of time and you’ll want at least 34-48 hours of dry time before doing the grout.

dinwolhoi window kdhi

Step 4: Prepare and grout the window, let set for 24-48 hours and spray with a nice acrylic or polyurethane spray/sealer.

Step 5: Screw in the Eye Hooks and Screw in  Hook and hang that window!

stained glass window mosaic

Happy Diy’ing!

Lindsey