Hi all! Today we have Merri Cvetan as a special contributor, showing us how to make a special gift that’s perfect for the grandparents to your little ones.
I never met a Grandma who didn’t love a gift made by the grandkids. This year, surprise Grandma with a ‘handprint’ windowpane. Not only are you creating an original work of art, but you’re keeping an old window out of the landfill. It’s the ultimate upcycling project.
I started with a well-used single pane window sash. The one I found happened to be 16″ x 20″ – the perfect size for two sets of handprints.
After cleaning it up with a wire brush and sandpaper, I gave it two coats of brown paint in a satin finish. Choose a color that coordinates with Grandma’s décor. I love that the window lock was still intact. Instead of wrapping it up, I hung ornaments from it.
Here are the supplies you need to finish your windowpane:
~Glass paint (with satin finish)
~Oil-based permanent marker
~Eye hooks and chain
~Paper plate and a plastic spoon
~Lots of paper towels or rags
~Table cloth to protect your work surface
Pour a small dollop of paint on the paper plate. Using the back of a spoon, spread the paint on the child’s hand (one at a time!). My niece Donna and her two boys were so excited to make a Christmas present for Grandma!
Rylan, only 4, insisted that we needed more paint. We practiced on a glass from an old picture frame first to determine how much paint each print really needed. The beauty of working on a window is that you can wipe it off and start over again. Just don’t let it dry. Start at the top so there’s no chance of messing up the prints on the bottom.
If you get too much paint on a little palm, blot some off on a paper towel. Six-year-old Brayden was very meticulous about doing it just right. He did a great job–they both did! Never expect perfection when working with children. That’s the beauty of kid projects. They’re wonderfully imperfect.
Instead of having the boys write directly on the window, I gave each a piece of paper and a marker to write their names. That way I could control where to place the names as I was finishing the project. Don’t forget to add the year.
Tape the paper to the back of the window and trace over the name with an oil-based marker.
After the handprint paint is dry, decorate your window with tape and ribbon in coordinating colors. I like blue as an accent color to go with brown, so I edged the frame with a blue printed Washi tape and then created “panes” with brown ribbon (glued in place).
I screwed two eye hooks at the top and attached a chain for hanging. You could use ribbon or picture wire. Just make sure it’s strong enough; windows are heavy.
Now the real dilemma, which Grandma to give it to! But I’ll leave that decision up to Donna and her boys!
Merri Cvetan writes on interior décor and DIY projects, including window crafts, for Home Depot. Merri started her career as an interior designer when she bought the ultimate “fixer-upper,” a 1890s farm house. That 15-year journey led to opportunities working on historic house museums and redecorating homes in her area. For Home Depot’s selection of windows, you can visit the Home Depot website.
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