Hey there pals! Do I ever have a ‘sweet treat’ for you today! I have got to admit, this ‘Santa’s Sweet Shoppe’ painted window is absolutely one of my most favorite projects in some time.
I thought I was pretty much finished decorating for Christmas but then I got a little idea in my head. Do you remember when I said I was planning a very ‘Gingerbread Man and Candy Cane’ kind of Christmas? Well, it all stems from that.
And, despite the fact that my to-do list keeps expanding on a daily basis and I really don’t need to do any ‘creating’ for a while; I just couldn’t let this idea go.
I knew that I needed to find an old window for this idea. Our architectural salvage store is only open on Saturdays, so I told myself that if I went to the salvage store and they didn’t have what I needed I would shelf my idea until next year.
But, that crafting kismet angel was sitting on my shoulder and, as luck would have it, I found the perfect window.
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- A clean Window ( I know…Captain Obvious, here)
- A Paint Marker that is suitable for glass, like this
- Your design. I made my design on Publisher. I set the size of my document exactly the size of my window, in this case, 24″ by 24″. The printer used 9 sheets of paper to print the whole 24′ by 24″ design. The gingerbread man was from a collection I purchased from The Hungry JPEG. It is sadly no longer available but look on Google images to see if you can find a gingerbread man that you like.
That’s it…that’s all you need to make this painted window!
How I Made my Bakery Painted Window
- It’s really important that your glass is very clean I actually put mine in the shower to clean it off.
- I wasn’t interested in cleaning off any of the ‘chippy’ paint, of which there is quite a bit, but I did need to get the layers of dirt and grime off. Then I also cleaned the glass with glass cleaner, just to make sure it was grime-free.
- Because I painted my image on the back of the glass, I placed my design on the front…right side up.
Just a side note here…You’ll notice that my printed image contains several more graphics than what I finally ended up with. The reason is that I had originally thought to paint the various sweets with different colors of paint.
But…when I gave the paints a try on a spare piece of glass, I really didn’t like how it looked. The brush strokes were very evident and it reminded me of a bargain store window as opposed to the bakery shop window I was aiming for.
- Once I started rethinking my design, I decided to leave of all the images except for the gingerbread man…and I am so glad I went that route.
- To paint your window, tape your design in place on the front of your window. Once it’s in place, turn the window over. Place a towel or something between the design and your surface so that the papers are pushed up against the glass. This will make it easier to follow your design.
- The following image shows the window flipped over. The paper with the design is underneath the glass.
- With the paint pen, trace over your lettering and design. With an alcohol-based paint pen, you can easily fix mistakes with a paper towel dipped in rubbing alcohol. I also used a razor blade a few times to scrape off any errant marks.
I guess you could paint on the front of the glass, but I opted for the back side because you’d be less likely to see the stroke/brush marks left from the pen (it is smoother looking on the front side) and because I don’t have to worry about using glass cleaner on the letters.
I can’t even begin to describe to you how much I love this little painted window!
And it was really, really easy to make. If you can trace, you can make this painted window.
I haven’t gone full-on into the farmhouse/shabby look, but I think a little chippiness can work just about anywhere. Especially on a Santa’s Sweet Shoppe bakery window.
Well, now that I’ve answered ‘the call of the craft’, I guess really don’t have any more excuses to avoid my now longer to-do list. I need to buy some presents, wrap some presents and mail some presents. How about you? Where are you with your December to-do list?
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