A bit of old wood and glass can be transformed into light-catching garden art. You can make a customized piece of garden art in less than an hour!

By Jenny Krane
June 11, 2015

This simple and subtle piece of garden art is an easy way to add interest to your yard without distracting from the gorgeous flowers, shrubs and trees. All you need is an old window or frame and some etching cream to create the silhouette of a potted succulent. You can use our design or come up with your own (like a watering can, your favorite flower, or a garden gnome).

Quickly decorate your favorite garden space.


  • Old window frame
  • Tracing paper
  • Clear contact paper
  • Glass etching cream


  • Craft knife
  • Latex gloves

Step 1: Prep Window

Find an old window frame at a junk shop or flea market or construct your own with salvaged wood and glass. Then draw our succulent motif or a garden image of your choice on a piece of paper. Tape the paper to the back of the glass with the image showing through.

Step 2: Apply Contact Paper Design

Apply clear contact paper to the front of the glass. Use a craft knife to cut the image from contact paper. Remove paper from the back of the glass. Peel off sections of contact paper so the design shows through.

Step 3: Use Etching Cream

Follow the directions on glass etching cream, available wherever craft supplies are sold. Wear latex gloves. Apply the cream to warm room temperature glass with an artist's brush. Allow etching according to directions. Rinse with warm soapy water. Remove contact paper.


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