Decorate with Repurposed Picture Frames

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A group of repurposed frames (homedit)

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 framed frame makes a unique but simple wall display (yourhomeonlybetter)
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 group of frames overlap for an interesting display (homeinteriordesignpins)
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 repurposed frame serves as a tray (pinterest)
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 takes on a different look with a repurposed frame (tudorks.wordpress)
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 circular frame as jewelry holder (blog.frenchquarters)
A circular frame as jewelry holder (blog.frenchquarters)
Various frames used for holding jewelry (thenewromanticism.blogspot)
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.

Repurposed frames used for chalkboards (dishfunctionaldesign.blogspot)
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.

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Mementos display (curbly)
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.

Blooms hung from frames (sheknows)
Blooms hung from frames (sheknows)
Seasonal décor using a frame (vintagewithatwist)
Seasonal décor using a frame (vintagewithatwist)
Repurposed frame as seasonal display (lushome)
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.

A message board with decorative frame (architectureartdesigns)
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.

Various objects take on meaning when framed (shopcraftwarehouse)
Various objects take on meaning when framed (shopcraftwarehouse)
A bit of whimsy (sonamsrivastava.blogspot)
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.

Old picture frames hung outside (pinterest)
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.

Make your own wainscoting with repurposed frames (bobvila)
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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