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How to Make an Old Window Picture Frame

Today I want to show you what I made for my future daughter-in-law, Sarah, for Valentine’s Day.  I have had an old window in our garage for years just waiting for this project – an old window picture frame.

First, you will need an old window – here in Lancaster County they are easy to find.  Check your local Habitat for Humanity Restore Shop or other salvage or thrift shops in your area.  You could even check your local Facebook marketplace.  Once you have your old window, clean it up and then find a photo that you would like to use.

I chose one of my favorite shots from Josh and Sarah’s engagement photos and had it enlarged as a black and white engineering print at Staples.   They also have this service at Office Depot.  I have done this for several projects and it is very affordable at under $4 for a 24″ x 36″ black and white print.  You can download your photo and order the engineering print online and then pick it up at your local  store!  It’s so convenient!

I used spray adhesive to attach the engineering print to a piece of foam core board from The Dollar Tree and then simply attached it to the back of the frame – first with some double faced tape and then a few staples to make it more secure.  Then, I added two eye screws and a wire hanger to make it easy for Sarah to hang.  I’m so happy with how this turned out and Sarah loved it!  I hope that you’ll give this old window picture frame project a try!

Old Window Picture Frame - Great Gift for the Bride and Groom

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Monday 22nd of June 2020

Hi, I have a quick did you know what size picture to order? I guess my question really is, how did you measure the window to come up with the right size? Also, how did you get the print to stick to the window? I couldn’t figure that part out. Many thanks!

Doreen Cagno

Tuesday 30th of June 2020

I measured the window frame and based my print size on that. All the information about adding the print to the window frame is in the tutorial. Thanks.

Lisa Giovino

Tuesday 23rd of April 2019

Well, I tried at Staples, and they wouldn't make me an engineer copy. They said they will not make prints on engineer prints, only blueprints, any other ideas? They wanted to charge me $70 :(

Doreen Cagno

Thursday 25th of April 2019

Try Office Max or Office Depot or even a FedEx location that has printing services. Sadly, many quick print shops have stopped allowing the oversized prints.


Tuesday 1st of January 2019

Hi I hope you found a solution unfortunately I just saw this otherwise I could have given a solution. Shoma

Francesca Makinen

Sunday 16th of December 2018

I love the old vintage window idea. I went and had a big photo, black and white done at walmart. And I wished I checked around first. Because walmart was almost $19.00 to have a picture the size of the window. I also have a problem. My photo is too small for my Window!! Lol. I measured it and everything. So any ideas what I can do to fill in the rest of the windpw? How about some type of matting on the edges? I need help. Christmas is soon. Thank you so much..