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. 

What you need for a Painted 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.
  • Tape

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.
Chippy Old Window I found at the Salvage Store
  • 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.

The printed design
  • 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.
    Print of design and place on back of window
  • 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.
Painting on Back of Window
Easy to make DIY Painted Window.

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.

Easy to make DIY Painted Window. Add a little bakery shop charm to your Christmas decorations with this Santa's Sweet Shoppe window.

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.

Easy to make DIY 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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  1. Nicki

    December 6, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    That is absolutely adorable! I want one!

    • lynn

      December 8, 2016 at 4:00 pm

      Thanks Nicki…soooo easy to make! Give it a whirl!

      Hugs and Kisses and thanks for coming by.


  2. Linda at Mixed Kreations

    December 7, 2016 at 6:17 am

    Lynn, Your Santa Sweet Shoppe sign is so adorable! Love the little gingerbread man. I was just digging around looking to see if I had any paint markers yesterday. Found and old dried out one. Need to get another for another project I’m working on.
    I picked up a small window at Goodwill and wanting to paint something on it for the master bathroom, I think using the paint marker would be a better idea. Thanks for sharing! Pinned!

    • lynn

      December 8, 2016 at 4:02 pm

      Hey there Linda! Miss chatting with you! The paint marker is so the way to go on this! I had a really hard time not having the brush strokes show and the pen really too care of that. Have fun with your project. What will you make?

      Hugs and thanks for coming by.


      • Linda at Mixed Kreations

        December 8, 2016 at 5:37 pm

        Hi Lynn, Miss chatting with you too. We all stay so busy then with the holiday’s upon us makes us even that much busier.
        I’m not quite sure what I’m going to make yet, it is for our master bath if we even get the remodel ever finished, guess we got to get back to it before we can get finished, LOL. But I wanted to use one of my thrifty finds, little window frames and add Baths 5cents or something on that order. Guess I got plenty of time to figure it out. (-;.

  3. Robin

    December 7, 2016 at 7:34 am

    Oh my gosh, this is the cutest thing ever! Now I need to get an old window! This is such an awesome Christmas decoration, my friend!

    • lynn

      December 8, 2016 at 7:04 am

      Thanks Robin, I am so tickled with it! And really, so easy to make. With your crazy skills, you could do it with your eyes closed. Find yourself a window and have at it!

      Hugs, LYnn

  4. Tammy

    December 7, 2016 at 8:15 am

    Seriously Lynn! This window is darling. It makes me dream of all kinds of cute ideas for an old window. Now I need to find one! 🙂

    • lynn

      December 8, 2016 at 6:51 am

      Hey there Tammy…go find yourself a window a have fun. It was so very easy to make and I love the finished product. Makes me feel all happy and cozy.

      Hope you are progressing well in your preparations!

      Hugs, Lynn

  5. Carol

    December 8, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    Lynn, This is the cutest idea for a small window without panes! I’ve passed so many of these up at flea markets and antique stores, but not any more!!

    • lynn

      December 8, 2016 at 4:26 pm

      Thanks Carol. Funny, I purchased a different one first, with one pane running down the middle. But then I realized that I really wanted one with out panes. So now I need to figure out a project for this other one.

      Thanks for visiting my friend.


  6. Linda Nelson

    December 14, 2016 at 10:16 pm

    I love the look of your window sign. Great job!

    • lynn

      December 16, 2016 at 7:35 pm

      Hi Linda, thanks for your kind comments. I do love that sign! It’s one of those things that i will look forward to bringing out each year.

      Thanks for visiting.

      Merry Christmas.


  7. Cindy Richter

    November 20, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    I have always wanted to do this on the stack of windows I have in the garage. You make it seem so easy. Can hardly wait to try it! Grinned and Pinned! Thanks

    • lynn

      November 23, 2017 at 7:32 pm

      Hi Cindy, if you have some windows you can whip these out in no time…they are so very easy to make. Have fun!

  8. Florence @ VintageSouthernPicks

    November 21, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    Lynn, that is just darling! Love the little window with its message. I’m with you…love the chippy shabby look. I haven’t gone all farmhouse-y either, but we can all enjoy a little chippy shabby. This fills that bill perfectly. Pinned. Visiting from BFifty group.

  9. RandiG at FrugElegance

    November 23, 2017 at 1:44 am

    Absolutely love it! What a beautiful & fun holiday window sign!
    Happy Holidays!

    • lynn

      November 23, 2017 at 7:27 pm

      Aw thanks Randi…hung it up today!! Made me so happy to have it up again. Thanks for visiting my friend. Hugs, Lynn

  10. Maria

    November 25, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Brilliant! Perfect for the holidays Hope you had a great thanksgiving.

    • lynn

      November 28, 2017 at 10:40 am

      I did Maria and hope that you did as well!

  11. Debrashoppeno5

    November 25, 2017 at 11:50 am

    What a sweet idea. It is a great way to celebrate your theme of the season.

    • lynn

      November 28, 2017 at 10:37 am

      Thanks Debra…one of my all time favorite crafts!

  12. Marie

    December 1, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    I love your adorable painted window for the holidays and great tutorial too. Pinned to share. This would make an adorable gift!

    • lynn

      December 3, 2017 at 6:29 pm

      Thanks so much Marie, I do love my window. I have an extra one if i decide to make one for a gift. Thanks so much for swinging by my friend.

      Hugs, Lynn


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