I did a lot of searching online for ideas using an old window, but didn't find exactly what I wanted. I ended up pulling ideas from a bunch of different places to come up with our end result.
I love using old windows! We had a bunch from when we replaced our old windows, and I used a few, gave a few to my mom, and got rid of the rest. So we had to go shopping to get this one. We found it for $3 at our local Habitat ReStore, along with a window screen that we disassembled and the small hooks for necklaces.
The first thing I did was decide on how to use each pane. I went with 2 for specialty necklaces, 1 for rings, 2 for bracelets, and 2 for earrings. The last panel has a Bible verse in it. (The King is enthralled with your beauty; Honor Him for He is your Lord." Psalm 45:11)
Then I added a layer of batting
Then I added some fabric, using a staple gun. (Like upholstering furniture.)
The front-side of the panel:
The last step was to make a small x-shaped cut in the fabric so Bass could stick in each of the pegs.
The earring panels were easy to assemble; just folded up on the edges, then stapled in to the sides of the window pane on the back side. Same process with the verse panel. (I printed the verse on cardstock for sturdiness.)
The ring panel was a little more involved.
I bought two packs of curlers at the dollar store and doctored them a bit to make them the right length.
|Dollar store bendable curler|
|Pop off the end 'cap' and pull out this wire so you can cut the curler down|
|Add your cut piece to the end of a second 'upcapped' curler. A bit of hot glue will hold it together.|
I started by gluing a bit of the fabric to the edge of the wood panel. Then I glued on a curler, tucked fabric around it - gluing it down, then added the next curler. And repeat. My tip would be to glue the curlers really close together so they'll hold your rings securely.
|Start gluing them on. But closer together than what I'm showing here.|
We put it all together, and now it looks like this.
|The left side|
|The right side|
It fits her room perfectly now, but I think it will grow with her. And with a little bit of work, she can always change out the fabric.
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