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Sunday, November 20, 2011

A $1.00 "Fancy" stained glass/dinner plate window for your tiny house, shed, shack, or fort...

I shot another video today, a mini-tutorial on building/making shed, shack, cabin, and even house windows from yard sale, dump-picked, or bargain-store, glass plates. I've made a few of these before, and actually did a demo with this very plate while speaking at M.I.T, and brought the same plate out to NYC when I was asked to speak at Jay Shafer's Tiny Tumbleweed House Company's workshop in Manhattan. Its not brain surgery, but the video will be coming at some point. Total cost for this window- approx. $1.00 (well, plus 8 recycled screws, and a thin bead of caulk or so. The wood trim was free/salvaged).

The window, "roughed in" (not painted/sanded). I made AND filmed this project (another idea/concept from my "Humble Homes, Simple Shacks" book (link below)) in a mere 50 minutes tonight- most of the time was spent on setting, and re-setting the camera and watching playbacks.
Not painted, nor touched-up yet, the newly cut window now makes the once bland and featureless door of "The Gypsy Junker" a little more interesting. The door always was the one thing I thought was boring in terms of the cabin's appearance.
The same method can be used with unrolled, soda bottle plastic (slit the bottle vertically, and unroll it into a sheet after cutting the "funnel end" and "ass end" off of it). In the past, when building chicken coops for people, I've done this several times. I works well and costs just about nothing.

SPEAKING OF WHICH.... our contest for several books on tiny housing is still running until Dec sure to visit the "Tiny Yellow House and" facebook open group for details/to jump in for your chance to win $100 in tiny home/architectural reading.

And for MORE on junk-built windows....if you missed it...

-Derek "Deek" Diedricksen


  1. Hi, I see you are using that transparent roof... I think you can have problems with the water as I have. I get condensing water under that roof and is "raining" inside. When the sun rise, the water is starting to condensate on the surface pretty fast, specially when we have frost. Don't know if painting it (making it matte) can help, or is a surface(material) problem.

  2. I haven't had any problems actually, although this little cabin is seasonal. I always have a window cracked a hair, to allow for some air circulation and ventilation- there are small soffit/roof ridge vent holes as well. But yeah, if you don't have any airflow, you will get some condensation with heat/temp extremes.

  3. It sounds like it is going to be a great video. I collect crystal serving plates thinking about turning them into windows but not sure how to do it since they have irregular edges instead of straight edge or circular edge. If you could comment in your video about how to make a window with irregular edges (edges not in the same plane), you would be a lifesaver.