One of my dearest friends and her husband came to visit for the Thanksgiving weekend.  We had a wonderful time together.  She came bearing a most unusual hostess gift.   A window from one of her previous homes.  It was a window to a sun porch where we spent lots of time together, drinking tea – me and coffee -her, planning, and creating.  An old window is so much fun to play with….but this one is special because of the memories associated with it.


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I couldn’t wait to decorate with my new window!

My husband helped me hang it up for the Christmas season.  He screwed into the back of the window two pan head screws (they have heads on them unlike a wood screw that has slippery shoulders) about a quarter of the distance in from each end.  Then he carefully and tightly wound heavy picture hanging wire around the screws so that the window hung on two strands of wire.  Next, we placed two nails in the wall about eighteen inches apart and level, but within the distance of the screws on the back of the window.  It was then easy to hang the wide heavy window on the wall.


Rejoice Banner : Vintage Window Art for Christmas |


Rejoice!  An easy to make banner.

For Christmastime I created dark red die cut letters.  Next I selected black, khaki, and ivory 8.5 x 11 cardstock which I cut in half to make 5.5 x 8.5 sheets.  These were then stacked in an offset fashion and glued together.  Then using my handy dandy Crop-A-Dile Punch, I punched uniformly placed holes for the jute, through all three layers, at the top corners, and then threaded jute through the holes to create the REJOICE banner for the window.  It made a pretty dramatic statement.


Fabric Flower Wreath on Vintage Window |

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The window needed something more, so I grabbed a fabric floral wreath.   Originally the wreath was made of felt flowers of different colors depending on the season, but over time I removed the colorful flowers and added Osnaburg fabric flowers, which decorated my tree and window garlands the previous year,  and burlap flowers to give it a new and fuller look.   The wreath was placed a little higher to break the top line of the window to make it a bit more interesting.  Using a piece of ribbon and pins, it was secured via the picture hanging wire on the back of the window. To finish it off I made two little mini swags of fresh greens and pine cones.

Voila!  A Christmas window was born!


 Valentine Vintage Window :



Christmas passed and it was time to change it up the window for winter.  
It needed to be something simple and easy as I can’t spend my time doing a lot of creating if I’m going to pack and keep up the blog.  If you remember I already had on hand some heart garland made by using a Heart Punch, cardstock, embroidery floss, and a glue gun.  So easy.  I took just two strands of that garland that I didn’t need for the tree which I talked about here….and swooped the hearts across the front of the window and attached them with sticky tack.  Don’t you love sticky tac?  It’s a great solution for temporary decorating situations like this.

Voila! A simple and shabby vintage window for Valentine’s Day!  And the best part for me is that took all of 10 minutes to dress it up.


Vintage Window with Heart Garland and Wreath for Valentine's |


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  1. So glad you said hello today. I’m glad to have found you as well. Love this Valentine project. I’ll have to go through your whole blog!

  2. Love this idea. I have the same window and wasn’t sure what to do with it.

    • Diane says

      Yay!!! I love it that YOU found a bit of inspiration here!!
      Hope your day is extraordinary!

  3. Mel says

    What a gal to tote that lovely window and deliver it to you! And what an awesome pressie! I can imagine the strange look I’d get when Iannounced where it was going to have a home…….LOL Oh, but what a work of art you’ve turned it into. It’s awesome!! I LOVE it! Now…….I want one! *laughing*

    It’s equally amazing that you keep yourself focused on being productive and hopeful and loving during all this uncertainty. You GO girl! 😉

    • Diane says

      Good friends are such a blessing. I just wish they weren’t so far away. :-/
      Once again…you put a smile on my face. {hugs}

  4. Christina says

    This is such a cute idea! I have yet to decorate for Valentines….thanks for the inspiration:)

    • Diane says

      Awww thanks Christina!! 😀
      I just know you’re going to have so much fun decorating!

  5. How cute! I LOVE your look so much! Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Diane says

      Thanks Jaime! I love your party…so much creativity and inspiration!

  6. ange says

    I love love love old windows! What a great way to change out for the seasons, love the heart garland with the wreath and your Christmas look was beautiful too. I just decorated my mantel with one but I’ve used it above my bed and in my laundry room as well. How cool that yours has special meaning and was from a friend. I had about 20 old windows at one point but I”‘m not a hoarder so I gave them to friends. Now I only have three and they will be mine forever. 🙂

    • Diane says

      This is my first window Ange…but I’m having a ton of fun with it. Thanks for stopping by and for the kind words. 😀

  7. This is really pretty! 🙂

  8. Robin says

    Oh how pretty. I love the window itself but you have make it even more lovely.

    • Diane says

      It’s so nice of you to say that. 😀
      Wishing you an extraordinary weekend!

  9. I love your window and what you did with it! What a great idea! I have two that currently hang on each side of my mantle and those little hearts will be just the thing to do. Thanks for the inspiration! Visiting from Chic on a Shoestring and now following. 🙂

    • Diane says

      Hi Laura! Thank you for taking the time to hop on over. 😀 Those little hearts are the easiest to do and the simplicity makes a big happy bang! I’ll be watching to see what you do. 😉

  10. LOVE your window! Beautiful display for Christmas and cute Valentine’s theme now. Stopping by from Studio JRU.

    • Diane says

      My window was such a gift of blessing. Thanks for your kind words. 🙂
      May your weekend be extraordinary!

  11. Ruth says

    It is beautiful. I love the wreath and the banners and garland you’ve created. Excellent way to display it.

    • Diane says

      I’m so glad you like it, Ruth! It was a so fun…and easy…to put together.
      Thanks for coming by today!
      Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

  12. Just LoVe your **ReFreShiNg VaLentine Window Display**…
    Jeanine Burkhardt

  13. Jenni says

    Thinking where i could find a window like that….love your ideas!!

    • Diane says

      Oh, you should have a friend visit from far away bringing gifts of old windows. Worked for me. 😀 Okay…that was silly. But, you might see if there is a Habitat Restore near you…. And thanks!!!

    • I’m actually selling this same window for $15! I live in nj so the shipping would be an additional cost : )

  14. Jen R says

    I adore this!! I really have been wanting to hunt down a window like this and now I REALLY want to. 🙂 The heart garland is so sweet too. I recently made a wreath out of book pages and love making them. Fabric may be next!

    • Diane says

      Thank you Jen! Old windows have so much opportunity for creativity. The garland is super simple to make….
      Have fun creating!!

  15. So pretty! I love how you transitioned the piece from Christmas to Valentine’s.

    • Diane says

      Thanks Janet! 😀
      Wishing you an Extraordinary weekend!

  16. What a fantastic gift! I love that the window has meaning to you. I adore old windows and that wreath is to die for. Stopping in for the first (but not the last!) time!

    • Diane says

      It was a blessing Rachel! Thanks for your sweet words.
      May your weekend be extraordinary!

  17. How lovely! I’m in pinning for sure 🙂 I hope you’ll come share at Super Saturday Show & Tell party tomo 🙂 xoxo~ Ruthie

    • Diane says

      Thank you for the invitation!!
      Have a wonderful weekend!

  18. Doni says

    Oh wow what a lovely gift. The sweet friendship and shared time together will always be a part of your home. That is some wonderful friend, and a lovely idea. Your seasonal decorations are wonderful too. I’m so glad you joined me for the party and shared your sweet gift.

    • Diane says

      It was, Doni. When something has a sweet memory attached it makes it even more special to me.
      Wishing you an Extraordinary weekend!

  19. Lorie says

    It is beautiful! I love the heart garland!

  20. Love your vintage window! You decorated it beautifully for Christmas, and I absolutely love what you’ve done with it for Valentine’s Day!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    ~Brenda @ChattingOverChocolate

    • Diane says

      Thank you for stopping by, Brenda and leaving your sweet encouraging words. 🙂

  21. you make that wonderful window look terrific for the holidays. Love the heart garland too. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop xo

  22. Jenna says

    This is sooo cute! I love the little hearts garland!

    Jenna @

    • Diane says

      And it’s sooo simple to do. Maybe you’ll make one too?

  23. Kerry says

    Simply beautiful!

  24. This window is adorable! The cutest post i have seen yet today! You really have and eye for decorating!

    hugs x

  25. This is so romantic and pretty!

  26. This is gorgeous!! I love everything about it. Pinned!!

  27. Tammy says

    I love old windows and your really know how to dress it…coming over from Life on Lakeshore Drive.

    • Diane says

      Thank you Tammy!
      May your new week be Extraordinary!

  28. Gorgeous! I’m pinning this!!!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ Submarine Sunday Link Party

  29. Jennifer {StudioJRU} says

    It is *so* pretty! Love the strings of hearts. I do have old windows here and there around our home. Painted and unpainted, papered and unpapered. lol All sorts of things with my windows! 🙂

    • Diane says

      Thank you! Again…simple and easy. This is my first window. I had no idea they were so much fun to play with!
      Hope your week is blessed in every way, Jennifer!

  30. Nice! I love the Christmas and Valentine’s incarnations…the strand of hearts is so simple, but looks lovely 🙂

    • Diane says

      Thanks Gretchen for your sweet words and for stopping by!
      Both iterations were fairly simple and quick to put together. I’m learning…simple is good. Now only if I remember that!! haha!!

  31. Wow, more amazing decor! I love the vintage window and the beautiful wreath. You are such an amazing inspiration!!! Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent! Have a wonderfully, blessed week.


    • Diane says

      You are too kind, my friend!
      Blessings sent your way too!

  32. So beautiful. That wreath is striking!

    Hopping by and following your lovely blog’s FB and Pinterest. I blog for health: Lipoid Pneumonia, Breast Cancer & Petroleum Jelly

    • Diane says

      Thank you!! You are so kind.
      May your day be extraordinary!

  33. So cute! I love your decor on the vintage window. This window looks so similar to my daughter in law’s window I posted about last year! Fun!! thanks for sharing! Little Bit

    • Diane says

      Thank you! How fun…I must check it out!
      Hope your week is extraordinary!

    • Diane says

      What a cute window you all put together. I love it and that is has special memories associated with it too!

  34. SO CUTE! That is a beautiful window and the wreath and garland are PERFECT for Valentine’s Day 🙂

  35. You created such an adorable old window decor!

  36. Love your hearts garland!!!! I have a window frame coat rack that it would look nice with. Pinning:) Stop by

    • Diane says

      Yay!! I’m so glad that it’s something you can do. Super easy too!
      Wishing you an Extraordinary week!

  37. Sara says

    How beautiful! I love when you can add to your existing decor to make it Holiday/seasonal friendly!


    • Diane says

      Funny…I never really did much of this kind of thing in the past…but since I have plenty in my stash and not in my pocketbook I’ve been being more creative.

  38. A Garden of Threads says

    A quick costume change and it is ready for Valentines. Fantastic job.

    • Diane says

      I love the way you put it!! Yes!! I guess you could say I’m a quick change artist! haha!!

  39. Your friend can bring me a hostess gift any day! 🙂 How lucky are you? You’ve done such cute things with it! I need to go on a window hunt. Thanks so much for sharing! It’s been pinned. Have a great day!

    • Diane says

      I am blessed….with more than the gift, but a wonderful friend too.
      Oh I hope you find the perfect window. Happy hunting and decorating!!

  40. Beau~ti~ful!!!
    Homa Style is having a Valentine link party going on now. I would love it if you linked up your Valentine window.
    The link is

  41. Sandi says

    Hi Diane,
    What a wonderful friend to bring you that window filled with memories! Love your idea. I don’t have an old window but I do have an old mirror that looks like an old window which I am planning to paint and hang as a window in my kitchen. Just never got around to it yet. Thank you for sharing your sweet inspiration with us and enjoy your weekend.


    • Diane says

      How fun! I love mirrors…they reflect light and make a room even brighter. Hope you have fun putting yours together. 😀
      Hope your weekend is extraordinary, too!

  42. Thanks so much for linking to Make the Scene Monday @ Alderberry Hill. You are being featured later this evening!
    I hope you are having a wonderful weekend, and join me tomorrow night for Make the Scene Monday #60!

    • Diane says

      Sarah…you just made my day!!!
      Thank you so much!! {hugs}

  43. I love your window all decked out for Valentines. Thank you for sharing this at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  44. Love the heart garland and the rest of the display. Thank you for linking it up at the party at See you back on Wednesday, I hope! (And… thank you for LINKING BACK to the party. While that’s the party rule, i am still delighted when I find people who play nice online. So, smiles to you!!!)

  45. Absolutely…. WOW!!!

    Thanks for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality! Can’t wait to see what you link up tomorrow evening!

    • Diane says

      Awww Christine…that means so much to me coming from you!!! I’m grinning from ear to ear!
      Hope your week is Extraordinary!!

  46. it’s truly adorable, and your wreath looks like a million bucks.

    stopping by via whimsy wednesdays and hope you’ll find a moment to come hang out, dream, reflect, share and notice lovely.

    smiles to you, lovely blogger.


    • Diane says

      You are so sweet Michele!!
      Hope your weekend is extraordinary!

  47. I love the way you decorated this window. I have many windows that I use. the ones in the house I don’t change out too much except for the one in my bathroom. The ones on my deck I change out with the seasons. I have two more waiting for me in Vermont – all I have to do is figure how to get them to Florida 🙂
    Thanks for sharing.
    Bev @

    • Diane says

      Hi Bev! Wow…how fun to have several windows to ‘play’ with!! Vermont is a long way from Florida. Hope you find out a way to make it work.
      Thanks for stopping by and leaving your kind words. 😀
      Happy Valentine’s week!

  48. Alison says

    Love that wreath! I’m inspired to create one for my front door.

    • Diane says

      Oh I hope you do. I enjoy mine so very much!
      Happy Valentine’s Day!

  49. LOVE! The red heart garland is just too perfect! 😀

  50. sue says

    Love the window! I’ve made some pennants and garlands, but my old window is still lying next to the fence in the yard!

  51. Love your window. It is especially nice that you have a history with this particular window and that you were able to resurrect it for a new life in a new home. I have a window that I am working on for Valentine’s day this year. I hope your beautiful window has inspired me to get mine done and up.

  52. What a pretty and whimsical way to decorate for Valentine’s Day! I have a couple old windows that I have been wanting to put up, but we move in a couple weeks so it will just have to wait 🙂 I would love it if you linked up to The Makers!

    Have a great week!
    ~Katie @ Upcycled Treasures

    • Diane says

      What a nice thing to say, Katie!!
      And thanks for the invite, too!

  53. Carol says

    This is gorgeous. Wanted to let you know I’m featuring this when my link party opens up tonight !

  54. Hi Diane!

    This project is so gorgeous and I just wanted to stop back by and let you know that I featured you in my monthly “mad props” post. It’s a little bit nerdy but I just want to share the love and let you know that you are an awesome blogger! 😀

    xo Megan @ Two Live Colorfully

  55. Carla says

    I love the vintage windows. I’ve been thinking of decorating one for a long time just having a difficult time finding a window. Where do you find those? Thank you for sharing.

    • Diane says

      My friend gifted me that window. It was actually from her sun porch and when they had new windows put in she saved several and gave me one. Wish I could be more help. :-/

  56. I love your ideas with the window. I have a window that I’m working on and wanted to place my kid’s baby pictures in them. It’s a 4-slot window and I had 3 kids. So, I’m still trying to figure out what to do. Maybe, I’ll just do something like you did. Thanks for the inspiration!


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