Monday, October 8, 2012

Windowscape DIY

We Live Upstairs Make Your Own Windowscape DIY

A once co-worker of mine brought an old window she'd had lying around to work one day, to see if anyone wanted it. Since I seem to collect things that "I'll use for a project someday..." like it's my job, I, of course, took it off her hands. I've since made a nightlight/cabin in the woods scene out of it, and would like to share how it's done.

We Live Upstairs Make Your Own Windowscape DIY

You will need:
-- an old window frame of whichever size you prefer
-- a string of Christmas lights
-- sticks (don't buy, collect from ground)
-- a wreath
-- one decorative bag of moss (found at your local craft store)

Things you'll need that I forgot to picture:
-- scissors
-- a hot glue gun (with plenty of glue sticks)
-- cardboard
-- a clear sealant spray
-- some form of decorative scrapbook paper for stars (I chose black glittered)
-- thumbtacks to hold string of lights onto frame
-- sticky tack or heavy-duty tape

We Live Upstairs Make Your Own Windowscape DIY

1. Take one of your sticks and put it against your window frame, to see how wide you'd like your cabin.

We Live Upstairs Make Your Own Windowscape DIY

2. Cut the majority of your sticks to the length you measured. Your sticks should be more twig-ish than log-ish if you'd like to stick with scissors. Otherwise, you'll probably need a hand saw. Don't forget to save three sticks for your trees (you can choose the sizes).

We Live Upstairs Make Your Own Windowscape DIY

3. Once you get the wall of the cabin all set, you can take some of your leftover sticks and play around with the roof. I chose an A-frame roof with vertical sticks inside, but you can decide what works for you.

We Live Upstairs Make Your Own Windowscape DIY

4. After leaving one of your more solid sticks at the bottom, take about 2/3 of your wall sticks and cut a piece out of the center of each of them to create a cabin door. Leave the sticks between the top of the door and the roof solid.

We Live Upstairs Make Your Own Windowscape DIY

5. Glue the wall pieces together.

We Live Upstairs Make Your Own Windowscape DIY

6. Then the roof pieces.

We Live Upstairs Make Your Own Windowscape DIY

7. Attach the two sections.

We Live Upstairs Make Your Own Windowscape DIY

8. Take your wreath, and cut small sections of the wire for your tree branches.

We Live Upstairs Make Your Own Windowscape DIY

9. Glue them to the tree trunks in a diagonal-down formation.

We Live Upstairs Make Your Own Windowscape DIY

10. For your moss-covered ground, measure the width of your window frame and cut a piece of cardboard to suit. How deep your moss goes (or the width of the cardboard) depends on how wide your frame is, and how much moss you have. Adjust accordingly.

We Live Upstairs Make Your Own Windowscape DIY

11. Glue moss onto cardboard.

We Live Upstairs Make Your Own Windowscape DIY

12. Seal moss with clear sealant spray. Let dry. 

We Live Upstairs Make Your Own Windowscape DIY
We Live Upstairs Make Your Own Windowscape DIY

13. Draw stars on reverse side of scrapbook paper and cut them out.

We Live Upstairs Make Your Own Windowscape DIY

14. String lights across back of frame and attach everything to front of window using sticky tack or tape.

We Live Upstairs Make Your Own Windowscape DIY
We Live Upstairs Make Your Own Windowscape DIY

This is so pretty to use as soft lighting during evening hours. I hope you enjoyed this!

4 comments:

  1. this is so cute! and wildly creative. i definitely want to give this a try…i've got an idea or two. ; )

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    1. Thanks Bridget! You should definitely give it a try- there's so much room for interpretation. Let me know if you make one! I'd love to see what you do with it!

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  2. That is one of the most creative ideas I've seen lately! It looks amazing!

    xo Jennifer

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    1. Thanks Jennifer! I'm flattered : )

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