Vintage window turned outdoor decor and flower planter {Sprucing up the outdoors for spring series}

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This was actually a project I did last summer for our deck (before/after pictures of our deck coming in 2 weeks!).  But I haven’t shared it here and it is a huge favorite of mine so I thought I would share it with you.  Especially since yard sale season is in full swing and you might be able to find an old window for free or cheap if you wanted to do this project too.

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It all started when I got all these old windows for free from the flea market.  There was a booth that they were cleaning out for some new renters and I spied these old windows in the trash pile.  I asked if I could have them and they said “Sure, we were just going to haul them out to the trash!”


I wasn’t exactly sure what I was going to do with them, but I knew I could think of something especially since they were FREE!  The largest paned window on the left didn’t have any glass and I came up with the perfect idea for it!

I added an old wire planter that I used to have on our old deck.  I had to buy a new coco planter refill for $2 and a two 6-packs of flowers at $1.68 each at Wal-mart.  So the entire project cost me $5.00.


Then I hung it on the back of our fireplace off of our deck!

The wreath is just a quick little thing I threw together out of my stash.  I used a small grapevine wreath, added some flowers, and some raffia ribbon to hang it. I hung the wreath from the old latch on the window.


I love adding a little vintage to my not-so vintagey house!


Here it is from farther away.  It adds a lot of interest to a tall blank fireplace wall.


And I think it adds a homey feel to the space.


I love old, chipped windows!  I have a few other projects that I want to do with some other old windows I have.  In fact, I am working on another one right now!  Hope to finish it and share it soon!

What about you?  Do you use old windows in your décor?  If so, where and how?

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  1. Love it, of course! I am searching for more windows, but to no avail thus far!
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  2. I was just given one of these windows over the weekend! Can’t wait to use it…just don’t know where yet. How did you get the glass out of the panes, or did you? Mine has plexi-glass in each of the 6 panes but it’s really smudgy looking and I want it gone. 🙂
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    • Christina says:

      this window was already missing some panes. I just smashed the other ones out 😉 just take out some frustration and do it 🙂

      I love them hanging on the wall with a wreath over it or on a mantel (or on your fantel 🙂 Check Pinterest – lots of ideas for windows there. Some people paint a scene in them but I haven’t done that – YET! 🙂

      • I find the older double hung windows, when area town have their bulk pick up, or I see a dumpster in a home drive way that=remodel, you can get antique hinges doors glass door knobs (unlike curbside ask private homeowner if you may look. I have found stained glass windows, my list goes on… I know it’s dump diving. …, but it’s awesome up cycle

  3. Love this idea! I’m visiting from How to Nest for Less – Just a Party with my Peeps, and now your newest follower!
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  4. I admire you for being creative and frugal, Christina. From a recycled window, you were able to create a stunning plant holder. It’s a good thing that you were able to get these old windows for free from the market. You were able to prove that even junk materials can be transformed into stunning and useful objects.

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  5. Sheila Fillers says:

    How did you get window hung on the house? My house has vinyl siding like yours so I didnt know how to hang from siding. Thanks and btw I love the planter and wreath window. I already have a window I’ve had for many years. Know just where to hang it too just need to know how.

  6. How do you hang things from your vinyl siding house?

  7. Hey, how about stapling chicken wire to replace the window glass, wouldn’t that look good? I’m gonna try that…..


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