Decorate with Repurposed Picture Frames

A bench with multiple picture frames on it.

There are numerous ways in which you can decorate with repurposed picture frames.  Flea markets, antique stores and thrift shops abound with frames that can be used in various projects around the house.  Add character to shelving, create message boards and trays or just hang a collection of frames on the wall.  Here are a few inspiring ideas to create one-of-a-kind treasures with your old frames.

A wall decoration featuring picture frames.
A framed frame makes a unique but simple wall display (yourhomeonlybetter)

Hang empty frames in groups for a unique wall display.  Paint different styles of frames the same color for a uniform look.  Hang frames over one another for a very stylish display that enhances depth.

A bedroom with framed pictures.
A group of frames overlap for an interesting display (homeinteriordesignpins)

Attach a piece of wood or glass to an old picture frame and use it as a tray.  Take it a step further and paint the glass or wood with an interesting design.

A tray with cups and spoons on it, with picture frames.
A repurposed frame serves as a tray (pinterest)

Transform a shelf with a frame for a finished look.  Very modern shelves take on a more traditional look with a decorative frame.

A shelf with a vase and picture frames on it.
A shelf takes on a different look with a repurposed frame (tudorks.wordpress)

Create jewelry holders by adhering lace or ribbon to a frame.  Adhere a wood backing to an old frame and install hooks for jewelry.

A person is holding a picture frame on a wall.
A circular frame as jewelry holder (blog.frenchquarters)
A dresser with framed picture frames on it.
Various frames used for holding jewelry (thenewromanticism.blogspot)

Attach frames to slate to make chalkboards in various shapes and sizes.  Use in the kitchen or home office for messages or display in kids’ rooms.

Four picture frames with ornate designs on them.
Repurposed frames used for chalkboards (dishfunctionaldesign.blogspot)

With chicken wire and a few clothespins, you can create a place to display photos, postcards and other keepsakes.

A desk with a picture frame.
Mementos display (curbly)

Create a unique flower display by hanging small glass vials and vases from the frame with twine.  Use frames for seasonal displays just as you would a wreath.

A group of picture frames with flowers in them hanging on a wall.
Blooms hung from frames (sheknows)
A picture frame filled with fall leaves.
Seasonal décor using a frame (vintagewithatwist)
A decorative picture frame with a bow and berries hanging on the wall.
Repurposed frame as seasonal display (lushome)

Enhance message boards or make your own to fit an odd-shaped frame.  Wrap plywood with batting and cover with your choice of fabric.  Use a coordinating ribbon to finish.

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A picture frame adorned with vintage postcards.
A message board with decorative frame (architectureartdesigns)

Create a wall collage by hanging empty frames over interesting objects.  Place frames over other frames in different shapes and sizes to create a layered look.

A wall adorned with multiple picture frames and a key.
Various objects take on meaning when framed (shopcraftwarehouse)
A bedroom with two picture frames on the wall.
A bit of whimsy (sonamsrivastava.blogspot)

Hang old picture frames from a tree to create an interesting display for an outdoor party.  Take fun photos of family and friends behind the frames.

A table and chairs are suspended from string in a field.
Old picture frames hung outside (pinterest)

Create unique wainscoting with old frames.  Attach painted frames to the wall underneath a chair railing.  Use uniform sizes or mix it up with a variety of sizes and shapes.

A dining room with a white table and chairs adorned with picture frames.
Make your own wainscoting with repurposed frames (bobvila)

There are so many unique ways to repurpose old picture frames for decorating.  Search flea markets, antique shops and thrift stores for them.  Look around your home and consider repurposing frames that surround artwork or photographs you’d like to change.  See what wonderful creations you can make and have fun!


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