6 Creative DIY Projects to Repurpose Old Windows

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Check out these clever DIYs to repurpose old windows!


I love chippy old windows. I have a few that were left behind in the corner of the garage when we moved in and a few that I purchased for specific projects.

Some of the windows had glass panes missing and several layers of worn paint. Sometimes it’s nice to keep that weathered look but in some cases, you’ll need to give the window frame a quick sand and a fresh coat of paint.

Photo of three old windows.

If you have a few windows in your basement or garage, it’s time to drag them out, dust them off, and make something new and awesome out of them. If you don’t have windows wait in the wings, you can find them at most antique stores, garage sales, and flea markets. They’re usually inexpensive, $10 or less depending on the size and condition.

Below are a few ways that I have found to repurpose old windows into something new and useful!

1. Flower Market Window

I bought this old window at the antique store for just a few dollars. It was missing a glass pane and it needed all new glazing but I knew it would work for my Flower Market sign. I used my Cricut Maker to cut the vinyl words and acrylic paint made for use on glass to hand paint on a few wildflowers on and added a white bucket of flowers. Now I have a cute chippy sign to sell in my booth ahead of spring.

Photo of a six pane old window with Flower Market type at the top and a bucket of lilacs and hand painted flowers at the bottom.
Flower Market Window
Photo of flowers hand painted onto the glass panel of an old window.


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2. Old Windows As Backdrops

I didn’t do anything to these chippy windows but add decorations!

I added duct tape garland to one window for a 4th of July porch decoration, and later in the season, I put two old windows side-by-side to use as a spooky backdrop for Halloween.


Photo of red and blue duct tape flags garland with small to medium white wood beads separating the flags, hanging on an old window.
4th of July Window Decor
Finished Black Crow Wreath hanging between two old windows.
Halloween Wreath Window Decor

3. Window Display Case

My son needed a display case for baseball cards to use in our flea market booth. I priced out new cases and even looked for used ones on eBay but quickly found that they were all out of our price range. So I did what any good DIYer would do and went on a hunt for a large old window. This one was $10 dollars and it was in really good shape. With a little scrap wood from the garage, we were able to make a beautiful and affordable display case.

Photo of a display case open made from an old one pane window and scrap wood.
Window Upcycled into a Display Case


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4. Old Window Turned Beachy Suncatcher

Get your acrylic paints out to create a beachy window in minutes!

I used a wide chip brush to sweep acrylic paint made for use on glass onto the back of a window pane. The colors I chose were gold for the sand and swirls of dark blue and aqua for the water. The bead garland with sand dollar came from Dollar Tree!

Vertical feature image of an old 2-pane window converted into a beach window with acrylic painted water below and sand dollar garland in open pane above.
Beachy Suncatcher Window
Photo showing the acrylic paints used to transform an old window into an ocean beach scene.

5. Pumpkin Painted Window

An old window can make for a great big canvas! How cute is this pumpkin-painted window?


Large window with a pumpkin and sunflower painted on it.
Pumpkin Painted Window

6. Window Side Table With Glass Gems

I found this amazing idea on Hometalk. Sherre M. shared how to make glass gem art to repurpose an old window into a fun table. Since I have tons of glass gems I thought I’d give this easy DIY a try. Here’s a link to the original post on Hometalk if you’d like to check it out. I used GE GE500 Silicone 2+ Window and Door Caulk to glue my gems. This caulk adheres well to glass and it’s also good for outdoor projects.

After gluing the gems, I flipped the window over and used the flat side as my table surface. This little table came out awesome and can’t wait to use it on my patio!

Photo of a window upcycled into a side table, painted a light blue with glass gems glued underneath the panes for a colorful flower design.
Window Side Table With Glass Gems
Photo of silicone adhesive and glass gems placed in flower patterns on an old window in the background.

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