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Repurpose Old Windows Using Metal Sunflower Lawn Art

Sunflower Window

Hey Guys! Remember that pink flamingo plant stand I made over a few weeks ago? And remember those metal yard art flowers the pink flamingo didn’t need? I used some of those flowers to decorate an old window. There are all kinds of ways to decorate used windows. The way I decorate them is with things I find at home. No need in going out and buying anything.

Repurpose Old Windows Using Metal Sunflower Lawn Art

Sunflower Window | Recycle Project

The only thing I needed besides the window and flowers was a hot glue gun and a sawtooth hanger for the back of the window.

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I bought the window at my favorite junk shop a while ago and don’t remember how much I paid for it. They usually run $4-$6. The window is a dark, dark, green. It’s hard to tell the true color from some of these photos because of the lighting in the workshop.

metal sunflower lawn yard garden art

And these are the discarded flowers from the pink flamingo plant stand. I was going to take them to the shop and sell them but using them in a project is always a better idea.

hot glue project putting togther a recycled window and metal sunflower art

The flower stems were made of really thick metal and no way could I cut them with wire cutters. No problem. I just cut the flowers, leaves, and twirly stuff from the stems.

metal sunflower upcycled window art

This is what I had left to work with.

window clean up with wax

I cleaned the window and gave it a coat of Howard’s Wax in Walnut. The wax protects the perfectly imperfect finish and gives the frame added patina.

applying hot glue to a metal sunflower to make window art

I used hot glue to attach the flowers and leaves to the widow and frame. I adjusted the petals a bit pushing them up toward the front center of the flower so the back middle of the sunflower would lay flush with the window and the hot glue would have more surface to grip to. Placing the flowers and leaves in a perfectly imperfect random way that would look good was the hardest part of the project.

I nailed a sawtooth hanger to the back of the window. When taking photos of the window after it was finished I turned the window various ways and decided it might look better turned sideways. I plan to add another hanger so it can be hung either way

sunflower window upcycle recycle

The yellow sunflowers were a bit faded and I almost touched them up. So glad I didn’t. I like the washed out looking paint. I set the sunflower window on my fireplace mantel to take photos. This piece will be going to my booth at the shop.

Repurpose Old Windows decorating them with junk finds

I have two more windows to decorate. Looking for ideas. Do you have any for me? I found a project using wallpaper decoupaged to the window panes. I like that idea a lot. You can check it out here…Retro Wallpaper Window at Fave Crafts. Fave Crafts is chock full of project ideas. It’s my new favorite diy crafty website.

how to recycle an old window using what you have at home

I still have two metal flowers left over from the flamingo project. I don’t have a plan for them yet. But I will.

How to make a sunflower window using metal yard art and an old used window frame

Do you like sunflowers and how do you like my window? Maybe you’ve decorated an old window? Share your ideas and email me a photo! Leave a note and as always thanks for being here and have a great day, Kathy

Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. The window and flowers came out so cute. I really like it. I look forward to seeing your next projects.

  2. I like this! If I had a fireplace I think it would be a great fireplace screen. I have a couple of old windows just waiting for that special project…but a lot of the glazing? has broken off during the wait. Any tips for securing the panes of glass?

  3. I am glad you didn’t repaint the sunflowers too. They have a kind of faded charm that feels really homely and the whole piece feels ‘homely’. I like it very much.