I recently picked up 3 large, carved wood frames from garage sales. You know the kind, beautiful ornate borders and created for canvas prints (no glass or backing). I got 2 – 16×20 frames and 1 20×26 frame, for $25 total – not bad, eh? Now I’m trying to figure out what to do with them. I will probably use one of them for a large blown up canvas print of my kids (by the way, have you seen the deal for Canvas Prints? Right now you can get 2 – 16×20 Canvas prints for only $49 (click here to check out the deal!!! Awesome??)
So I’m brainstorming and trying to figure out what I could do with the other 2 frames, I’m thinking I won’t go super traditional with the frame usage, so I took to pinterest and the web to see what other great ideas that you all have had out there. I figured while I’m at it, I’ll put together a list for y’all, with some of the best ideas I come across!
1. Earring Holder – Although if you have a nice frame with an ornate/carved front, I would run the nails and the string on the back of the frame, so the pretty front can shine.
2. Make a collage of mirrors and empty frames
3. Add hooks to the inner top of the frame, and hang your keys!
4. Add chicken wire to the back, along with some cute clothespins or clips, and make a photo and paper display/organizer!
5. Jewelry Organizer – Add backing, padding and satin to each frame, and then fit them into an existing cabinet/empty set of drawers
6. Frame around mirrored words or other small bits of non-traditional art
7. Run string or wire across the opening, and use clips to hang photos or other keepsakes
8. Add a Mirror into the frame and affix it to the top of a table, vintage suitcases or other upcycled item to create a table top
9. Frames upcycled into bookshelves
10. Add fabric plus a piece of glass or acrylic – add feet and use it as a tray!
11. Holiday Decor!
12. Add twigs to the background for a cool, rustic art piece!
What are your favorites? Do you have any other ideas for how to upcycle a frame?