Congratulations on getting brand new window screens installed by a professional. Now that you've got your windows looking great, you'll need to do something with the old window screens you replaced. If you don’t want to simply throw them away, there are a number of different ways to can re-use those old window screens. Here are a just a few ideas that you can use to make something new from your old window screens:
Paint Yourself a Pretty Picture
Whether or not you fancy yourself a great artist, you can still use an old window screen as a lovely canvas to create a work of art. Even if you’re not very artistically inclined, the mesh canvas is a great way to practice your painting skills. For ease of use and fast drying, acrylic paint is a great choice. You can get acrylic paint at any local art supply store. Many exterior house paints will also do in a pinch. To make the project easier, print out a design and tape it to the back of the window screen. That turns your blank canvas into an easy paint-by-number project.
If you don’t want to use paint, you can use pieces of felt, foam, or other materials, and glue them to the mesh. The mesh in windows screens is usually small enough to hold enough glue to hold the material to the mesh screen. This is also a great way to hide any holes in the window screen. Once you have added your materials, you can accent the materials with paint. You can add glitter paint for an extra sparkle as well.
Use a Window Screen to Hold Your Jewelry
The mesh in an old window screen or patio screen makes a great holder and organizer for all of your jewelry. It is better to use a window screen with the mesh still intact. Simply hang it up on the wall and use hooks stuck in the mesh to hold your jewelry. If you don’t have any small hooks on hand, you can fashion some from paper clips or other long, thin, sturdy wiring. You can use smaller paper clips to hold rings or pairs of earrings together, or use a larger clip to hold a necklace. This usually works best for lighter jewelry, as heavier jewelry may pull too hard on the hook and cause it to fall out or damage the mesh itself.
Create a Photo Album or Message Bulletin Board
You can use an old window screen to hold a small photo gallery on the wall for everyone to see. Hang your old window screen on the wall, and add wooden clothespins by sticking the metal wires through the mesh. You can organize the pins in any pattern you wish. Then simply add your favorite small pictures to the clothespins, and marvel at your new gallery display.
You can even keep a few extra photos on hand to swap with other pictures to keep the display fresh. You can also add more to the clothespins, instead of pictures. Use it to hold all your business cards, notes, phone messages, and easily create a bulletin board style message center that will always keep you up to date on the latest happenings for your business.
Use Old Window Screens to Keep Critters and Debris Out
If the frame or mesh aren’t worthy of placing on the wall, you can use the mesh itself for lots of handy applications. For example, you can stuff the mesh into narrow crevices like pipe entries to keep insects out of your home. You can also use the mesh to help stop debris from falling down a sink drain. Place a piece of mesh in the drain before you put in the regular sink strainer. It catches more debris, but still lets water pass right through.
Count On the Window Screen Pros
In the greater Los Angeles area, call the professionals at Peninsula Mobile Screen when it's time to repair or replace your window screens. Their screen repair service is highly rated, and they come to you and perform the job at your own home. It's the easy, fast, convenient, and affordable way to keep your window screens looking like new!