Making a Window Family Frame

Hi Friends!  I’m LOVIN’ this project that I get to share with you today.

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Super cute, right!!

My brother works in construction and lately has been replacing lots of windows… yeah for me!

I had pinned this great tutorial by Sugar Bee Crafts on how to create a giant picture for cheap. While looking at the pile of windows it hit me… how cute to combine the two!

Domestically Speaking:  Great Family Photo Project!

The window was in great shape and the perfect size for this project.  So I scored the window for FREE!

Now to make the rest for cheap.  The trick… I went to Staples and had a Engineering Print made for less than $4, with tax!  Cool, right.  Engineering prints are black and white (I already had the perfect black and white photo from our Christmas card) and they are printed on paper.  I picked the 24” x 36” size to have printed ~ crazy big for less than $4!  It was a little larger than the size of the window, so I figured that in my sizing when I uploaded the image. (You can stretch or shrink your image on Staples’ site)

Once I had my image printed (it was ready within hours) I trimmed it down to size.  Sugar Bee Crafts used foam board on her mounting with spray adhesive.  I used a piece of cardboard (we had just assembled some Ikea furniture).  I adhered mine with mod podge.

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I covered the cardboard with a thin even coat of the mod podge and then very carefully… making sure it was lined up… placed the photo on top of the cardboard.  I started at the bottom edge (closest to me) and worked upward.  I didn’t put a top coat on.  I figured the window pane would protect it well.

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I attached the cardboard to the back of the window frame with a staple gun and then attached the grooved nail hanger to the top center.

Domestically Speaking:  Great Family Photo Project!

I think it’s going over in our kitchen nook area.  (Not a fun area to photography something glass with all the windows.)

Domestically Speaking:  Great Family Photo Project!

I’m lovin’ it ~ and for less than $5!

Domestically Speaking:  Great Family Photo Project!

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  1. says

    Hi! I have had this pinned for ages and my husband just scored some free windows! Did you have any trouble getting Staples to print it as an engineering print? Their website says not suitable for photos. Thanks and it looks just great!

    • Maryann @ Domestically Speaking says

      Love it Kristen! I’ve got more window frames, so you know I’m totally going to be copying.

  2. says

    LOVE this! I have some old windows in the garage! And how lucky that all of the faces are in a pane and not hidden by the any part of the window!

    • Maryann @ Domestically Speaking says

      I know – I totally scored on that part. Having space on the sides of your image and having it a little bigger helps give you a little play room too.

  3. says

    This is such a fun idea! I love it! I found 4 windows while out curb shopping one night and have been working on ideas with them. I mauy have to make one of these to keep! Thanks for the inspiration! Hugs, Leena

    • Maryann @ Domestically Speaking says

      Score Leena! So many things you can do with windows. I’m thinking windows might be the trend to side-step pallets. :)

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