I really enjoy finding new ways to repurpose all our tin ceiling tile off-cuts. Whether it’s using them to create this gorgeous planter or these fairy apartments for a kokedama village, those scrap bits always seem to add just the right amount of rustic goodness to our projects. And this fairy bay window is no exception.

This easy to follow tutorial will show you to repurpose rusty scrap metal bits into a fairy bay window with lights. #FairyWindow #fairyCrafts #ACraftyMix #ScrapMetalRepurpose #TinCeilingTiles

I’m over the moon with how it turned out. Isn’t it so pretty? I don’t know what I love more, the flaky, painted ceiling scrap front with mossy bits or the rusty pitch roof.

This easy to follow tutorial will show you to repurpose rusty scrap metal bits into a fairy bay window with lights. #FairyWindow #fairyCrafts #ACraftyMix #ScrapMetalRepurpose #TinCeilingTiles

Either way, the it looks amazing at night when the wee folk switch the lights on 😉

This easy to follow tutorial will show you to repurpose rusty scrap metal bits into a fairy bay window with lights. #FairyWindow #fairyCrafts #ACraftyMix #ScrapMetalRepurpose #TinCeilingTiles

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What you Need

  • Battery operated candle
  • Rusty nails
  • Jigsaw with a metal blade
  • Scrap wood
  • Glue
  • Moss
  • Tin ceiling scraps.

If you’re not lucky enough to have a stash of them lying around, you can use a large tin can too.

To make the fairy bay window we used leftover scraps of tin ceiling tile and wood off cuts

How to make a fairy bay window with lights

Get rid of any loose flaky paint using one of these methods. I went for the bang and smack approach to get rid of most of the paint on this scrap piece 😀

Bang and smack the tin ceiling tile to get rid of loose paint

Using the diagram below as a guide draw a window and pitched roof on the ceiling tile with a permanent marker.

Basic Fairy Bay Window pattern
Draw a window shape onto the tin ceiling tile with a permanent marker

Drill a pilot hole that’s wide enough so the metal jigsaw blade will fit comfortably inside.

Drill a pilot hole for the jigsaw

Place the blade inside the pilot hole and then carefully cut the window shape out. If you’ve never used a jigsaw before, here’s a handy guide to get you started. I promise, once you get the hang of it, you’ll be slicing your way through reindeer blobs and magical unicorns in no time at all 😉

Use a jigsaw and metal blade to cut the window shape

Neaten up the edges of the window with some flat-nosed pliers and the cut the roof pitch and sides of the fairy bay window.

Use flat-nosed pliers to flatten the cut edges

Using the bay window shape as a guide cut a scrap piece of wood to form the base.

Cut a scrap piece of wood to form the base of the bay window

Bend the sides of the bay window form up as shown below.

Use a block of wood to bend the sides of the bay window inwards

It helps if you use another piece of wood to keep the edges straight. We learned that trick when we made my son’s license plate lamp.

A view from the top of the fairy bay window form after bending the sides

Bend the other side of the bay window form in the same way.

Bend the sides of the bay window

Trim the side edges of the little fairy bay window so the base you cut earlier fits neatly inside.

Once the sides have been bent, trim them to the correct width

Your fairy window should look something like this.

After bending the sides the fairy bay window should start taking shape

Glue a few rusty nails across the window opening to create some window panes.

Glue rusty nails over the window

Adding the Roof on the fairy bay window

To make the roof that sits on top of the fairy bay window, we first need to add some support on the inside for the roof to rest on. Simply cut some scrap wood and glue and screw it to the roof pitch.

Cut two support beams and glue and nail them onto the back of the fairy bay window

Cut a longer rectangular shape from the ceiling tile for the roof and glue and screw it onto the roof supports.  To finish off glue mossy bits to cover any gaps and hide the nail heads.

Glue moss and fairy vines under the eaves

To hang the fairy bay window, make a small hole in the roof and insert some wire.

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Tie the bay window to a fence or hang her in a tree.

This easy to follow tutorial will show you to repurpose rusty scrap metal bits into a fairy bay window with lights. #FairyWindow #fairyCrafts #ACraftyMix #ScrapMetalRepurpose #TinCeilingTiles

Sit back and enjoy all that rusty repurposed goodness 😉

This easy to follow tutorial will show you to repurpose rusty scrap metal bits into a fairy bay window with lights. #FairyWindow #fairyCrafts #ACraftyMix #ScrapMetalRepurpose #TinCeilingTiles #FairyBayWindow
This easy to follow tutorial will show you to repurpose rusty scrap metal bits into a fairy bay window with lights. #FairyWindow #fairyCrafts #ACraftyMix #ScrapMetalRepurpose #TinCeilingTiles
This easy to follow tutorial will show you to repurpose rusty scrap metal bits into a fairy bay window with lights. #FairyWindow #fairyCrafts #ACraftyMix #ScrapMetalRepurpose #TinCeilingTiles

And when the sun starts setting, place a battery-operated candle inside the bay window………

This easy to follow tutorial will show you to repurpose rusty scrap metal bits into a fairy bay window with lights. #FairyWindow #fairyCrafts #ACraftyMix #ScrapMetalRepurpose #TinCeilingTiles

….. and watch the candle light flickering through the window.

This easy to follow tutorial will show you to repurpose rusty scrap metal bits into a fairy bay window with lights. #FairyWindow #fairyCrafts #ACraftyMix #ScrapMetalRepurpose #TinCeilingTiles

If you like the idea of making a fairy bay window, don’t forget to pin the tutorial for later.

This easy to follow tutorial will show you to repurpose rusty scrap metal bits into a fairy bay window with lights. #FairyWindow #fairyCrafts #ACraftyMix #ScrapMetalRepurpose #TinCeilingTiles

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And as always, wishing you a wonderful, crafty week filled with lots of love. Thank you for popping in for a visit.

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