Dec 12, 2013 - Christmas, Crafts    4 Comments

DIY Window Pane Christmas Stamps

I have wanted an antique window for years.  When my father in law came across this creamy white one and asked if I wanted it, I couldn’t wait to make something of it!  But what?  It sat empty for months.  With Christmas approaching I dreamt up a new piece of art for my home.  That is when it came to me, frame Christmas art or photos in that old window.  I began searching everywhere for the perfect art (Ikea, World Market, scrapbook stores, TJ Maxx etc.).  None had quite the right size or style of what I wanted.  Then on the internet I found old Christmas stamps that were printed for the USPS  in conjunction with museums of art.  All eight were Madonna and Child and by classic painters.  I blew each one of them up and had them printed at Costco on photo paper.  Then I arranged them in the eight panes.

  How to Display Photos in an Antique Window Frame

 I cut each one out including the detailed iconic stamp edges.  This took a long time, but really helped give it the look I was going for.  Then I glued each one to a piece of cardboard that I cut into small rectangles.  I wanted the photos to “float” in the panes.  Then I taped the cardboard to a dark mushroom mat board I purchased from Hobby Lobby (and cut to fit over the entire back of the window).  Then I taped the entire mat board to the back of the frame. Float Photos on Cardboard and Mat Board behind Window Frame

 I added two picture hanging  hooks, one on each side.Add Picture Hanging Hardware to a Window Frame | Burlap and Denim

 These beautiful works of art by Raphael, Botticelli, Sassoferrato and others adds such a classy touch to my Christmas decor while keeping Christ as the focus. DIY Window Pane Framed Christmas Stamps | Burlap and Denim

 Here you can see how cool the stamps look raised off of the mat board.  Because the frame is so deep in each individual pane, it gives the appearance of eight shadow boxes.Hand Cut Stamp Edge on Christmas Stamp Photos

 I had the perfect place in mind for my new art piece.  Right in the hall between my entry/family room and kitchen/nook.

Framed Vertical Chrismas Art

 Here you can walk by, stop and see the stamps up close and see the details.
Madonna and Child Christmas Stamps

Huge Christmas Stamps Framed in an old Window

 Merry Christmas! And Happy Crafting!DIY Window Pane Framed Christmas Stamps | Burlap and Denim

 Do you have Christmas art that you love?  Tell me about it in the comments:

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4 Comments

  • One of my FAVORITE repurposing craft-home décor ideas you have ever shared! I wish I could do this too.

    • Thank you Julie! It was really simple, just took a long time to cut out the photos. If you round up an old window, I’ll help you!

  • […]  The photos of these stamps framed in an old antique window is my favorite project of the year (read the tutorial HERE). […]

  • I love your Madonna old window! Could you please share the stamp site? Thank you so much and happy new year!

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