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19 Ways to Re-purpose Old or Unwanted Picture Frames
Got some spare picture frames hanging about around your home or simply looking to pull off your next DIY/crafty project to spruce up and try something different within your home? Well we believe in the diversity of picture frame use which is why we have pulled together this list of the top 19 ways to reuse, recycle or repurpose picture frames.
1. A Headboard
Want a unique look in the bedroom at little cost? We love these frame headboard ideas; Vintage Rivals went all the way and produced a gorgeous tufted headboard using a gigantic picture frame and upholstery fabric. Dusty at All Things G&D took a different route and created an abstract headboard using layered empty picture frames which produced a wonderful contemporary look, adding a 3D feel to the wall.
Image Credit:All Things G&D
A common find in the shops but at a costly price is the shabby chic style picture frame chalkboard. These are a great recycle opportunity for old picture frames, and with a quick lick of paint and chalkboard covering you can create your very own for a few pennies.
For a full tutorial visit: The Frugal Homemaker.
3. A Decorative Tray
Perfect for simply decorating a table with ornaments, or even use as a handy desserts tray, this is a great way to turn your picture frame into a statement but also useful piece in your home. Take a look at Kristie’s blog for a great step by step guide to creating your own tray.
Top Tip- Want a bolder look? Paint up your frame in bright white and use a striking pattern within the frame and perhaps match to your colours in your room.
4. A Creative Calendar
We absolutely love this idea from Momspark for a reusable calendar. And all you need to create it is a large picture frame, some coloured paper and a dry erase pen to mark on your dates each month.
For a great way to pin up those must-keep notes, why not use this tutorial from HowDoesShe to create your own hand-made corkboard. All you need to do is get your hands on some corkboard, fabric and secure it against your frame; we particularly love the colours these guys have used!
6. A Key Rack
A great simple DIY project a key rack can be made with just a picture frame, supporting cardboard and some decoration for your back panel e.g. wall paper samples.(Check out Lara’s example).
Image Credit:Lara’s Knits and Bits
Using a blank frame and scrap pieces of MDF board Shanty2Chic created these wonderful frame shelves, a great idea for utilising space on your walls in a visually unique way.
8. Letter Holder
Make a DIY letter holder using a picture frame and some scrap bits of plywood. LadyGoats supplies some handy templates to make your own.
Image Credit: LadyGoats
9. Vanity/ Bathroom Tray
Similar to the decorative trays, create your own personalised vanity tray perfect for holding your dresser or bathroom bits and bobs. Visit Lil Blue Boo for a tutorial on creating your own.
10. Jewellery Holder
Looking for somewhere to hang your jewellery and store your earrings? Lia at Elli.com came up with this tutorial to create a DIY antique jewellery holder.
Top Tip: Match colours to those already in your room for a ‘put together’ look.
11. Empty Frame Display
Not sure what to hang on your wall? Empty picture frames make a great solution; look to group together frames of different sizes and designs, overlapping or hanging ornaments within to create a striking feature on your wall. We love Makelyhome.com’s example below.
Image Credit: Makelyhome.com
12. Ceiling Medallion
A much lighter and cheaper alternative to a ceiling medallion, buy yourself a large decorative picture frame to place around your light fitting like Passionate for White has done below.
Image Credit:Passionate for White
13. Desk Organiser
Turn a frame into a desk organiser using fabric shaped into pockets. Take a look at the amazing results Wishfultinker achieved with some fabric and glue here.
Image Credit:Wishful Tinker
14. Herb Drying Rack
This great idea for a herb drying rack comes from Fresh Eggs Daily. To make your own you’ll need 3 picture frames of differing sizes, a length of chain and some window screening or alternative.
Image Credit:Fresh Eggs Daily
15. A Memo Board
Shannon Claire created this great memo board using just a frame and the free sample paint chips you get from the DIY store.
16. Wall Flowers
Bring the outdoors in with wall flower framing. To create your own floral feature grab yourself some relatively large frames of different sizes and things such as small jars and bottles to act as vases and hang within your frames using twine. Add your flowers for the finishing touch.
Find a guide: Whit’s Amuse Bouche
Create your own ‘lantern’ using four identical picture frames; probably best to pick these up from a pound store and join together using vinyl strips. These lanterns are great both for candles (top open!) but also filling with flowers, shells, ornaments or similar; a wonderful mantel piece.
Take a look at WhileHeWasNapping guide to DIYing your own lantern
18. Pin Cushion
Small but mighty, create your very own pin cushion using a pretty picture frame and a bit of fabric.
Top Tip: Make it stand out by using neon coloured frames/ paint like in this tutorial by Liz at Love Grows Wild
Image Credit:Love Grows Wild
19. A Child’s Chair
Looking for a bigger project? Why not try building your own children’s chair using pieces of pine or another suitable material, 2 picture frames and your choice of fabric like they’ve done here at Apartment Therapy.
Have you tried out your own picture frame crafting/recycling or had a go at any of the tutorials above? We’d love to know! Visit our social pages and drop us a message or share your DIY project photos with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.