Written by April Reinhardt (last updated September 23, 2020)
I remember growing up without benefit of air conditioning. When it was hot outside, it was hot inside. We'd open the doors and windows, and prevent flying insects from getting inside by using screened doors and framed screens at the windows. During the cooler months, we'd store the screens inside of the detached garage, or in an attic or basement, and then place them inside of the window frames when the weather turned warm. Invariably, we'd find holes in some of the screens when we retrieved them from winter storage. Dad sometimes would do some window screen repair, and other times he'd replace the entire screen. But replacing screens was expensive back then, so most times he'd patch them.
Things haven't changed too much since then. People still open their windows when the weather gets warm, and they still use screens to keep the insects out. It only makes sense that the art of window screen repair, or at least learning how to replace a window screen, is still a valuable tool. If you find that your screens are torn, and you need to repair them, here are some great suggestions and tips for doing so:
Keep in mind that window screen repair doesn't have to be boring. If you have tiny holes in your screens, just large enough to allow gnats or fruit flies to enter, you can creatively stop up the holes with trinkets, nail polish, colored glue, or glitter glue. Simply use glue to glue faux gems in place to both sides of the screen, or fill tiny holes with colored or glitter glue. Use fingernail polish and glue to decorate tiny sun catcher's and glue them over holes in your screen. No one will ever be able to tell that there are holes in your screen. They will simply think that you are creative enough to decorate your screens!
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