"We are not measured by the trials we meet -- only by those we overcome."
- - Spencer W. Kimball
September 7, 2012
Memory Window
by Jenni Bowman

This memory window only took an hour to assemble.

If you have children, you’re probably like me — always looking for something special to personalize your son or daughter’s space. For this particular piece, I wanted to highlight my daughter’s first year of life and I had an old window that was begging to be “upcycled.” Just being able to glance at her life in a few moments fills me with happiness and joy in remembering each snapshot taken. You could even create one of these with small photos for all of your family members with your last name across the top.­­

This Memory Window only took me about an hour to assemble after all of the photos were cut out.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • An old window in any color
  • Photos sized to around 2” - 3” in differing shapes
  • Twine
  • Scissors
  • Coordinating papers – 3-4 pieces
  • Clothespins – large and small
  • Ribbons or any other embellishments to tie on the garland
  • Glue gun with glue

1. You’ll want to make sure your window is nice and clean. Just give it a wipe down with a warm wet rag.


Start with a clean window.

2. Next you’ll take your twine and hot glue it to the back of the window, as illustrated below. You can see where I started by taking one end of the twine and gluing it about 1” inward, about 2” from the top of the frame. Let me remind you: Only glue on the back of the frame. I wanted to have 6 different levels on which to hang the photos, so I just glued down the twine, let it dry, and then changed angles to wrap it around the front again.


Only glue on the back of the frame!

3. Lay out all of your photos in order. Then determine how many photos you can put on each row. Pin them on with the clothespins (or just glue them on with the hot glue). Then add your ribbons or other embellishments. On mine, I used some paper pennants and spelled out my daughter’s name across the top. Just keep filling in with ribbons and embellishments until your desired effect has been accomplished.

Visit www.jenniboriginals.blogspot.com to read more about Jenni Bowman and see more articles and tutorials.

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About Jenni Bowman

Jenni Bowman, also known as "Jenni B," first delved into her creativity when decorating her new home as a young bride on a small budget. Bit by bit, her skills improved. She appeared on "The Martha Stewart Show" in December 2007, where she demonstrated some of her products on live national television. She has also appeared on "Good Things Utah" and even had her own television show, "Crafting with Jenni B," in rural Virginia.

She has been featured on Make Mine Pink in "Women Who Inspire," an online marketplace designed especially for women. In the Spring of 2009, Jenni was featured in "Artful Blogging" and "Marie", which are Stampington & Company and Somerset Studio publications. She was also listed in Utah Valley Magazine's "50 Most Fabulous People".

Jenni is currently the president of Jenni B Charmed, LLC and enjoys designing jewelry, computer graphics and home accessories. She lives in Salt Lake City with her husband and young daughter.

Jenni serves as a Relief Society instructor in her home ward.

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