I finally figured out what to do with one of the two large window frames I bought last year for $10.00. I decided to make a collage of my kids and use the window as the frame. I know, this is nothing new, but I wanted to share my "creation" with you.
I started out with this...
One side had glass and the other did not, so I took a hammer and smashed the one remaining pane out of the frame. Once the glass and all the sharp edges were removed, I sanded the entire frame to clean it up. I had plans to paint it, however, the green paint on the frame actually matched (almost) perfectly with the green I had painted my entryway, so I decided to leave it as is and apply a dark walnut stain to the surface to enhance the wood grain showing through the bottom.
Next, I cut two pieces of glass to fit inside each window panel.
Now the hard part...finding enough pictures of my kids to make a large collage and, I have to admit, this was the tough part. I've never been one to take alot of pictures and I discovered that I didn't take very many as they were growing up. (regrets!) Anyway, I gathered what I could and started attaching them to acid-free foamcore. I then matted each collage with a creamy white matboard. I secured the collage behind the glass and attached picture hanging hardware to the back.
I then cut the letters "love" from 1/4" mdf board using my scrollsaw and a small heart from scrap plywood. I covered the heart with sheet moss and stained, painted and sanded the letters. I attached the letters with hot glue and used jute twine to attach the moss heart to the frame. The window frame already had a hole in it so I thought I'd get some use out of it.
I'm quite happy with the way it turned out. It measures 5 ft. x 30" so it covers a large area in my hallway. Now I just need to figure out what to put on either side of it.
Thank you for stopping by...I hope you have a great weekend!