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Vintage windows make the most amazing and charming crafts.

Crafty gardeners use them as succulent frames, filled with Sempervivum and hung vertically to show off the textures and colours of these fantastic plants.

Vintage Windows - create an old time feel in your garden decor... Junk Gardening | Rustic Garden Art

They can be made into window box planters – a faux window with an attached planter box to show off Pelargoniums or other annual blooms, or simply as a back drop for a display of old time bottles and cans or outfitted with very rustic shutters.

They are also magnificent made into Wardian cases, a little greenhouse to grow ferns, Saintpaulia and other humidity loving plants.

Whatever you decide to use your salvaged vintage windows for, here are a few pointers.

Make sure that you double check that the putty used for installing the glass is solid; there’s nothing worse than completing your craft, only to have the glass panes fall out. It’s easy enough - although tedious - to apply new putty, but it’s much easier to do it before you build.

Vintage Windows flanked by sweet twig hearts

I use window putty which comes in a little jar, and very pliable. Apply it only in a warm area, as it won’t work properly if it’s too cold.

Check if you’re going to hang the vintage window craft on a wall that the wood is not rotten where you plan to put hooks.

A vertical succulent planter will be heavy, so it may need extra security of running wire around the bottom just in case.

Vintage windows without glass can be used for succulent frames, by adding a couple of layers of dimension lumber to add some soil depth. A piece of black plastic pea netting across the top of that, but under the window frame will prevent the soil and plants from washing out.

Make sure the plants are rooted firmly before hanging – in most cases, a month or maybe two will be adequate time.

I use the unrooted chicks of Sempervivum which will root through the plastic netting to hold it all in place. Carefully insert the stolon, or stem into the soil, or just set the unrooted chicks onto the surface of the soil; leave the window horizontal until the plants are firmly rooted before hanging it up.

Look for vintage windows with the original wavy old glass in wooden frames. The single panes of most old windows won’t hold out the cold much – in modern times, double paned glass is the norm; luckily for us, the old vintage wooden windows are readily available to make into unique and interesting crafts.


What about if your frame only has screen? There's an idea for that too.

A great idea to use an old window screen...

Organized Clutter brags up this painted window screen


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